Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
The one area of weakness that falls into the same old trap as so many young adult love stories is that our main heroine here can’t seem to be motivated toward anything until her hunk comes along. Well that and when the plot has run out of time to present us with the latest tragic emotional stab. (For example, a gut wrenching response to the death of someone close in one scene and a “I feel sad, but suddenly I’m able to cope as if I’ve had years of counseling and pills” when the same thing happens only a short time later.)
It’s kind of perplexing what sets this apart from some of the bombs like “The Host,” other than the rallying teenage rage cry to save the world is just loud enough to convince audiences to give it a pass. I will say this though, the entertainment value is somehow there and partly erases the painful experience that was “Mortal Instruments.” When the last train rolls down the track, “Divergent” earns two and a half out of five uprisings.
Movie viewing experience courtesy of the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.