“Divergent”

MOVIES 2 Star

Rated PG-13

2 hours 40 minutes

Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo Thomas, Ashley Judd

I’ve got a terrific Idea for the 14 to 21 crowd. Make every teenage adventure look exactly like “The Hunger Games”.  Darn It.  “Divergent” already did that.  Fearless teen Shailene Woodley brings down an evil social system one hundred years in the future.

Where everyone know their place, just like in high school. Her parents have already drummed into her head that she’s really something special, she’s able to control and conquer her fear.  They call It “Divergent”, I call this warmed over “Hunger Games”, where most everyone sleep walks through their roles.  Even Kate Winslet looks mechanical as the wicked witch of the future keeping rebellious young people on hallucinogenic drugs.

Shailene Woodley does what she can with the wooden dialogue. But the handsome visuals and outbursts of excitement do little to jolt “Divergent” out of its big budget stupor.

And heaven forbid If they hook up Woodley with anyone less than an obvious contestant for hunk of the month club honors.

“Divergent” or “Hunger Games Part three” keeps its fans in their place with a stodgy production.  Diehard fans can’t understand why this two and a half hour lemon left them so cold.  One reason, “Divergent” hardly ever rises above two stars.

The film’s guaranteed to earn a fortune the old fashioned way, by disappointing g its fans.

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