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'Divergent' is not divergent at all

3/25/2014

2Watching the film felt like a repeat viewing instead of a new experience. With laughable ease, I was able to predict exactly what would happen and when.

There's just something about the perceived infallibility and invincibility of youth that is off-putting and hard to watch, either in person or on the silver screen.

From a filmmaking point of view, there is almost nothing that lands outside of sub-mediocre range. The production design, score, cinematography and acting are all run-of-the-mill. Granted, in a well-made movie, those pieces shouldn't draw individual attention because they are serving the greater experience. However, in "Divergent's" case -- a film about individualism that is plagued by conformity -- a standout element would have been a welcome respite.

"Divergent" simply isn't a film that elicits an overabundance of thought or discussion.

While I am less than enthusiastic about Hollywood's frenzy to make young-adult movies, some part of me is tempted to jump on the band wagon. It would be an interesting experiment to see if I would be capable of writing a story like this and, maybe more importantly, if I could stomach the experience.

If anyone wants to be the financial backer of a long-shot attempt at being the next big young-adult story, shoot me an email.

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James Gerstner works at Fort Hays State University Foundation.

james.gerstner@gmail.com