According to the LA Times Divergent is “must-see” for 2014 as well as Robocop, Captain America, Maleficent and others. What movie, besides Divergent, are you most excited for this year?
2013 might have been a superb year for fans of genre entertainment, but 2014 doesn’t look too shabby when it comes to interesting fare arriving at the multiplex. Filmmakers are tackling original, high concept sci-fi tales in major studio releases, and a myriad of fan-favorite characters are returning to the screen for new adventures. Divergent: Adolescent heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior struggles against the pressures of conformity in “Divergent,” the anticipated adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s bestselling young-adult trilogy. Set in a future version of Chicago, the story posits a world in which people are tested when they are young, then divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is born into Abnegation (which values selflessness), but her test reveals she is divergent, or has an aptitude for multiple factions — something that is not allowed in the rigidly divided society. She hides her divergence and decides to join Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, landing among a group of tattooed warriors, including love interest “Four” (Theo James). “She starts out questioning where she fits into society, and then by the end of the movie she’s questioning society itself,” said “Divergent” director Neil Burger. In theaters March 21.