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‘Divergent’ hits home with target audience

Based on the best-selling novel by author Veronica Roth, “Divergent” brought in about $56 million in sales its opening weekend. The movie lived up to much of the hype and proved to be exciting.

“Divergent” takes the audience to post-apocolyptic Chicago where people are divided into five distinct factions in order to keep the peace. After a mandatory aptitude test, heroine Tris Prior discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into any of the factions.

This discovery means Beatrice is divergent. While Beatrice hides from the government who sees her as a threat, she eventually uncovers a sinister plot only she and a few others are equipped to fight against.

“Divergent” brought a great amount of action and excitement to the big screen while boasting multiple stars. Shailene Woodley did an excellent job at filling the role of the main character, Tris Prior.

Theo James was convincing as the mysterious and brave Four. Kate Winslet flawlessly portrayed the driven and powerful Jeanine Matthews. The supporting cast members also gave the audience a great performance.

A main problem that came with “Divergent” was its failure to attract a broad audience and critical acclaim, receiving a 26 percent from Rotten Tomatoes.

According to CBS, “Divergent” brought in an audience that was 59 percent female and half of that percentage was under the age of 25. Also, “Divergent” did not appeal to members who were not already familiar with the story.

Despite its struggles to attract, “Divergent” was exciting and entertaining. Those who have read and enjoyed the book series will be thrilled with the movie. Those who haven’t read the book and are in their late twenties will probably be more skeptical of this movie; however, it will definitely be worth checking out.

Four stars for the action-packed and thrilling “Divergent.”

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