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Last weekend I saw the movie, Divergent.  This movie is based on the book of the same name by Veronica Roth.  If you haven't heard of this book and/or movie, then you've probably been living under a rock...on Mars.

The Book (description from Amazon): One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

The Movie:   The film left out a few key scenes and minimized roles of some supporting characters (for time reasons I'm sure), but it was fairly true to the book.  I thought the casting was good, although I did take a very minor issue with Theo James.  Don't get me wrong, he was very easy on the eyes and convincing as Four, he just seemed a bit too old for Shailene Woodley.  
It is set in a futuristic Chicago that doesn't have any water surrounding it so that was interesting to see.  I have an issue with heights, so there were quite a few scenes that made my palms sweat (especially having recently visited the Hancock Tower and knowing just how high it is at the top).
The first half of the movie was riveting, but the second half dragged a bit. I thought the book did a better job with the climax and conveyed a sense of real danger, whereas it felt like the last half of the movie was just prepping you for the sequel.

My hubby graciously accompanied me.  He had not read the book.  I could tell by the look on his face that he took issue with something.  Turns out it had nothing to do with the movie itself, he just didn't buy the premise. I've heard this from a few other friends also which is why I recommend reading the book first.  If you like the book, then you'll like the movie.

P.S. A friend was once asked to describe me in one sentence.  He said that I was Jack Nicholson's character from A Few Good Men when he says, "You can't handle the truth!"  So as much as I would like to be Dauntless, I'm obviously Candor :)

Also the previews at Divergent made me very excited for The Maze Runner movie which stars Dylan O'Brien from Teen Wolf.


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