Divergent' is set in a futuristic Chicago, where people are born divided into five distinct factions based on their personality.
At the age of 16 everybody passes a test to find out where they belong. But 16-year-old Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, discovers she is what is known as Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any faction. Divergents are considered a threat to the order of the society and are tracked by the system.
Twenty-two-year-old Woodley, who shot to fame alongside George Clooney in ‘The Descendants’, hit the red carpet for the movie premiere with Kate Winslet, who plays the villain. How did she enjoy that?
“It was great. I loved it. I liked playing a bitch. It was brilliant fun. It was great to feel as though I was intimidating everybody every day. I loved it. It was fabulous,” said Winslet with a smile.
But then she immediately backtracked: “No, no, no. I didn’t really like it, you know, I’m just saying that for the camera. I don’t like being mean.”
The film’s young lead said she wasn’t taking the whole celebrity buzz too seriously:
“It’s fun. It’s sort of like this new thing for me where I’m realising all make-up is and all fancy dresses are adult women being able to feel like little princesses again, you know. We’re just like tapping into our five-year-old Cinderellas,” Woodley said.
‘Divergent’ is based on the popular novel of the same name, the first in a trilogy by Veronica Roth. The author said she couldn’t quite believe that her book had been turned into a movie.
“I didn’t know what to expect. But this is incredible. Yeah, I mean the carpet says ‘Divergent’. I’m just really excited about this. I’m having a good day… I am, like ‘Oh my God! Red carpet!’,” Roth exclaimed.
The novel has been compared to other young adult books such as 'The Hunger Games' and 'The Maze Runner' because of its theme and target audience.
Its film adaptation, however, has received mixed critics.
While most praise Shailene Woodley for her performance, calling her the next Jennifer Lawrence, many say the film offers nothing new to the cinematic world of dystopia-driven young adult fiction.
‘Divergent’ is on worldwide release now.