Fresh off the financial success of "young adult" movie franchises Twilight and The Hunger Games, the studios responsible for those sagas are at it again with a new flick, Divergent.
Showing in cinemas today, Divergent, based on the novel of the same name by American writer Veronica Roth, stars a brave heroine fighting for freedom and survival in a post-apocalyptic Chicago-of-the-future. In the film, society is divided into five factions: Abnegation for the selfless, Amity for the peaceful, Candor for the honest, Dauntless for the brave and Erudite for the knowledgeable.
What faction a person falls in is determined by a personality test taken at the age of 16. Tris Prior (played by newcomer Shailene Woodley) takes the test, but she turns out to be the titular "divergent," a rare category that means her skills don't fit neatly with any of the aforementioned categories. This also means that she has the potential of breaking the order of a society, thus making her a target for lady-in-charge, Jeanine Matthews (played by Kate Winslet).