If 2013 has taught us anything it’s that the market for young adult movies is fickle. Earlier this year, The Host, The Mortal Instrumets, and Beautiful Creatures have all crashed and burned spectacularly. Now Summit Entertainment, the folks behind The Twilight Saga, are back with Divergent, a bestselling book series by Veronica Roth, starring Shailene Woodley. Does Divergent have what it takes to grab the attention of audiences next year? Watch the teaser trailer after the break.
Comic-Con attendees got a good taste of what’s in store when the cast of Divergent invaded Hall H this summer. There is a lot going on in this first teaser trailer while introducing us to Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) along with two authority figures played by Maggie Q and Kate Winslet. But aside from just meeting our main cast, the marketing keeps the film fairly vague.
The trailer below asks not to define it’s main character, but it’s hard not to to compare Divergent to The Hunger Games – strong, female leads in a dystopian future run by the government to control its citizens. However, from what I know of the plot, and how little they show you, there is a good enough divide to understand the difference. See for yourself how different the two really are.
Teasers can sometimes be too vague, and I don’t think the sparsity of facts, world building, and character details here helps Divergent win over audiences who are looking for the next big young adult series. Its seems like only one can rule the box office at a time. Maybe Tris should go a couple of rounds with Katniss and we can see who comes out on top.
Here’s the plot synopsis for Divergent courtesy of IMDb:
Beatrice Prior, a teenager with a special mind, finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind in her effort to seize control of their divided society.
The film is directed by Neil Burger, whose filmography includes Limitless and The Illusionist. Burger has a decent visual style, but can he capture the hearts of young adults everywhere?
Divergent finds its way to theaters March 21, 2014.
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