"Divergent", worth the price of admissionSubmitted by Ron Johnson on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:24
What if there were people in our society that combined intelligence, empathy, courage, justice,selflessness, and boldness in their personal character? They'd be a thorn in the side, perhaps a fatal threat, to the people who manipulate and the people who enforce.
"Divergent" is a story of non-conformity in a society defined by strict conformity. Human nature is compartmentalized and purified...the altruistic are purely unselfish, the protectors are utterly fearless, the intellectuals know everything...etc. However, not everyone is so pure. There are individuals that have all of the human traits and do not fit neatly into society's organization. When the minds of the protectors are poisoned by a manipulative intelligencia, the 'divergent' are not affected. They are the society's greatest threat because they combine thought with compassion with morality with action.
We live in a real world of moral pigmys. Huge intellects devoid of morality, massive destructive power concentrated in the hands of the non-compassionate. I'm thinking of TPTB and the police state we live in. This movie is descriptive of our world on a moral level, and it projects what our world may become if the intelligencia and the thugs solidify their control. The only hope for humanity is not that we choose sides and decide what trait is most important, but that we learn to be fully human with all of the traits.
"Divergent" is a smarter and more thought provoking distopian movie than "Hunger Games." I liked "Hunger Games", but I loved "Divergent."
(My wife says she has a new boyfriend ("Four" in the movie). I guess I'll be spending a bit more time at the gym if I want to compete.)