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Published April 24th 2016
The Truth Is Out There
I remember coming out of the theatre and thinking, "this is a slick, engaging science-fiction movie ... less running, more action, and less predictable." It is still a little weak in some areas (like some of the acting) but is definitely worth seeing if you like futuristic worlds, or are a fan of the Divergent series.
With trials and executions taking place at their home in Chicago, Tris and Four round up their friends and escape beyond the wall. There lie the remnants of a nuclear war zone complete with red, toxic rain. Tris and the remainder of her friends are taken to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, a city with advanced military technologies. Beyond that is a city called Providence which houses the Council. (The detox shower scene is one you won't forget).
The Bureau's director, David, informs Tris that she is a genetically pure Divergent, while everyone else has 'damaged genes.' After her meeting with the council in Providence, Tris learns that all the factions in Chicago were part of David's experiment and that he had the power to help them all along. But how could a pure divergent fall for David's lies? Tris wanted to believe so much that she was capable of helping the whole world that she was blind to the truth. Nobody is perfect.
The themes of control, trust, sacrifice, love, truth, war, and betrayal are successfully portrayed through the film's characters and serve to remind us of our own world and systems of control as well as the wars that have already taken place. The question remains, who is watching us and experimenting on the human race?