Despite preaching originality, the movie leaves you feeling like you’ve seen it all before
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There’s an awfully familiar feeling to Divergent, the movie based on the best-selling novel by Veronica Roth: postapocalyptic landscape, the almost colorless tones, the drab clothes–and, eventually, our ruthlessly scorned hero. It’s impossible to ignore the overwhelming sense that we’ve seen all this before, only with better execution, in this fall’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
In a futuristic, bombed-out Chicago, residents choose to live as part of one of five geographic factions based partly on a government-administered personality test. If you like living off the land in harmony, you choose Amity. If you get kicks from adrenaline-fueled, strangely acrobatic law enforcement, you choose Dauntless.