(2015) (Shailene Woodley, Theo James) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action: A teenager of the distant future where the populace has been divided into five prescribed personality and behavior-based factions tries to stop the leader of one from killing others.
- In the distant future, war has ravaged most of the planet and what's left of Chicago has been turned into a walled-in fortress. In order to maintain the peace and keep everyone in line, the populace has been divided into six factions. There's Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave protectors), Erudite (the Intelligent), and Factionless (those who don't fit into the previous five and are essentially homeless scavengers).
And then there are the so-called divergents who don't fit squarely into any of the categories and thus are deemed as a threat to the status quo. One of them is Beatrice "Tris" Prior (SHAILENE WOODLEY), a teenager who saw her parents, part of the Abnegation group, killed by forces controlled by Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews (KATE WINSLET). Tris and her former instructor turned lover, Tobias "Four" Eaton (THEO JAMES), managed to stop her and escape, and are now hiding out in a commune of sorts -- ruled by Johanna (OCTAVIA SPENCER) -- with Tris' brother, Caleb (ANSEL ELGORT) and Peter (MILES TELLER) who previously trained with Tris and Four.
Tris knows they must kill Jeanine to stop her reign of terror, a sentiment shared by Four's estranged mother, Evelyn (NAOMI WATTS). But Jeanine is rounding up all divergents in hopes that one of them will be able to unlock and open a special box left by one of the original founders and hear the message inside. Accordingly, she's sent ruthless Dauntless leader, Eric (JAI COURTNEY), and his goons to find such divergents. They end up shooting mind control projectiles into various people in order to command their suicides and thus incentivize Tris to give herself up and go through five potentially fatal simulations to unlock that box.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the first film in the series or the novels on which that's based, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language.
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