For any readers who listen to the Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo film review show, you would have heard something quite interesting from The Good Doctor on Friday, as he began to explain that if there was no Twilight, then there would be no Hunger Games.
The reason for this is that it has now become socially acceptable, and in fact necessary, to have a strong female protagonist in your movies. So, it goes without saying that Divergent, the latest pro-female flick starring Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) also has to thank the teenage vampire franchise for its Hollywood green light.
Divergent follows the story of Beatrice Prior, a girl living in a totalitarian society, who becomes a target for assassination by the authoritarian ruler Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet). As Beatrice finds herself under threat, she has to join forces with a group of rebels lead by the super-hunk Four (Theo James) and, find a way to beat the system.
…I thank whoever cut the trailer for actually enticing me to watch the film…
From the trailer we see that she learns to fight, we see the bleak, repetitive surroundings she is forced to live in (social commentary, anybody) and we see that the people she is training with are good with knives. And that’s about it. Nothing else of the story is given away, and I thank whoever cut the trailer for actually enticing me to watch the film.
Overall, this is probably a by-the-numbers movie. Based on the eponymous book by Veronica Roth, which, I hasten to add, is part of a trilogy, there are probably not going to be too many “well, I didn’t see that coming” moments. But, as the flavour of the month amongst audiences is female against the government, this will undoubtedly be a high grosser. 1984 and V For Vendetta it ain’t, but this will certainly be an intriguing film.