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August 28, 2013  | by: Paris Close
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Twilight, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter were the colossal forces that moved sci-fi flicks into a more competitive place amongst more traditional romance movies. The film adaptations of these movies proved to be immensely successful and irresistible, particularly towards teenaged girls, and myself. With The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as well as the new Percy Jackson film releasing this year, some would think: “Just one more sci-fi flick couldn’t hurt, right?” Wrong.

That’s where the Divergent comes crashing in. With its terribly tedious sneak preview, lack of character chemisty and generic theme, the film looks to be anything but special.

After all the praise The Secret Life of the American Teenager received, I knew the world of teenage television was coming to an end. I mean, were they really serious about that show? It was horrific mainly because of Shailene Woodley’s acting, which was unbearable at the time. It was not until she’d left the show and starred in The Descendants (which earned her a multitude of nominations, including a Golden Globe nom) with George Clooney that I started to take her acting seriously.

Word broke out this year that she was set to appear in this year’s The Spectacular Now, and, The Fault In Our Stars (2014), which both look like exceptionally interesting films.  At this point, it seemed like Woodley’s acting career was finally jetting off in the right direction, until she was abruptly tossed into a supernatural dystopia, playing in yet another sci-fi Bestseller-gone-motion picture.

Without the inclusion of wands, monsters and gorgeous wolfmen, Divergent has a bland appearance. The story line–girl vs. the world–has been done before, just look at The Hunger Games. And while I’d like to point out something original, the movie seems to carry all the same qualities as The Hunger Games, but without the interest. Telling by the film’s preview, which was premiered during the 2013 Video Music Awards, no one will be in any hurry to campout for this lame movie.

What do you think about the Divergent? Are you dying to see it, or waiting for this sci-fi trend to end?

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