From Katniss Everdeen to Divergent’s Tris Prior, the face of action movies is changing.
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Need your dystopian world liberated from oppression? That’s totes not a problem. Just ask a teenage girl.
The latest rage in Hollywood is heroine chic, action thrillers that celebrate plucky young women who outwit, and sometimes outmuscle, totalitarian regimes. Though women have been fighting on film for decades, their ranks are newly swelled with dystopia girls, futuristic young ladies–like Beatrice “Tris” Prior of the new film Divergent–who take on the Man.
Just five years ago, the year’s 100 top-grossing movies didn’t include a single one about a teen girl saving the world of the future from a deadly authority. Last year Katniss Everdeen powered The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to become the No.