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|Genre:||Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 139 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Film adaptations of novel series of the so-called "Young Adult" target group are currently experiencing a boom. From "Twilight" to "The Tributes of Panem" to "Chronicles of the Underworld" there is hardly a "Young Adult" series at the moment that is not adapted for cinema. Now it's the turn of Veronica Roth's popular novels "The Destination - Divergent" to lure masses of mainly young girls into the cinemas. And this first film in the planned trilogy could also succeed in doing so, because apart from a few small lengths this gloomy vision of the future is absolutely successful.
The world as we know it no longer exists. The people who have survived are divided into five different fractions based on their virtues: In the selfless Altruan, the frank Candor, the knowing Ken, the peaceful Amite and the fearless Ferox. This is to ensure that resources are used perfectly and that the necessary order is maintained. All young people at a certain age must undergo the test that assigns them to a virtue. Also for Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is the time for her destiny. But her test results aren't conclusive. It is one of the few uncertainties that make it a potential threat in the eyes of the government. Therefore Tris conceals the result and joins the Ferox. Here she quickly realizes the danger she is in if her secret were discovered. Because Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the Ken, has called for a fight against the indefinite. And so Tris must do everything she can to successfully complete her tough Ferox training. She gets help from the mysterious Four (Theo James), who seems to know more about the uncertain than he admits…
"The Destiny - Divergent" with its dystopic mood and a young heroine who rebels against the powerful control organs may strongly remind her of "The Tributes of Panem". It is quite clear that the same target group should be addressed here. But even though the story may lack some independence and thus lack some big surprises, the movie still offers enough positive aspects that keep the entertainment value pleasantly high, at least for the target group. This begins with the visual implementation. Especially the introductory camera ride through an apocalyptic big city scenery, accompanied by the stirring music of the Dutch DJ and music producer Junkie XL, is brilliantly realized and creates a very special atmosphere, from which the rather conventional story can clearly profit in the further course.
In addition to the visual realization, it is also the production by director Neil Burger ("Ohne Limit") that helps the film get over some dramaturgical hangovers. Although there are only a few real tension moments and action sequences, the movie has a decent pacing, which is only unnecessarily slowed down by some scenes that are a bit too lengthy. There is no question that the story wouldn't necessarily have taken more than two hours to be told. But Burgers production is dense enough so that real boredom never arises. On the contrary: even moments, the outcome of which is clearly predictable, have been so well realized by him that there is still a lot of tension to be found here as well. The good cast, led by a convincing Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") and a wonderfully unsympathetic Kate Winslet, also contributes to the very positive overall impression.
Admittedly, the obligatory love story is portrayed in two scenes in an overblown manner and the really big dramatic moments in the last act don't necessarily have the emotional depth that was probably intended. Nonetheless, "Die Bestimmung - Divergent" is a very entertaining futuristic thriller with a high viewing and entertainment value, which you can have fun with even if you're not a girl between the ages of 14 and 18. And even though Burger has staged the story in such a way that it also works on its own and appears to be complete, we can already look forward to the sequel, which will be released in 2015 under the direction of the German Robert Schwentke. Worth seeing
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