Top 5 Weapons I Would Choose In The Hunger Games

18 05 2016

Katniss Everdeen

I love The Hunger Games, by that I of course mean the combination of the Film and the Book, not necessarily the setting of jumping into an arena and having to kill people. A few years ago, after the release of the first one, I remember an interview that was conducted on some of the cast members who were asked how they would act inside the arena. Now for me, I would more than likely just hide in the corner, and cry my eyes out until I was either dead, or just go mad and become some kind of psychopath. In my head though, it’s a completely different story as I would see myself being like Blade and just be invincible going round killing everyone, but that is very unlikely. Anyway I thought I would do a post on what my ideal weapon choices would be in the arena.

M110A2 Self-Propelled Howitzer

Now I decided to sort of be semi-realistic in my choices. For one, I know I cannot bring anything in to the ring, so it prevents my 3 main options: Godzilla, a M110A2 Self-Propelled Howitzer and Lisbeth Salander; although fair point, Lisbeth Salander would receive double points for having access to a cool leather jacket.

Lisbeth Salander

It’s certainly better than wearing those swimming outfits in Catching fire. I mean, what would you prefer; the swimming costumes from Catching Fire, or a Cool Leather Jacket?

Anyway, under the point that I can’t necessarily take anything in, this list is made up of choices I would choose if they became available in the arena themselves. Now, I do realise that this list may seem a little bit rushed. I have had these dreams for a while of what I would choose, but have only just decided to do this as a post, and in the end, I don’t think I have used my imagination all that much, and this list is made up of more practical stuff mixed with things from Movies, and so I may eventually regret my choices (apart from the leather jacket), and do another one of these in the future with either some additional thought, a selection of weapons from the films/books, things I just made up. Anyway, here are my choices of what I was able to simple cobble together.

Mortis

5. Mortis – What could be better than if one of the choices was the robot Mortis from Robot Wars? What could be better than Mortis, the best robot in all of Robot Wars? Now he would be ranked higher if it wasn’t for the case of a remote-controlled robot being relatively impractical as you would spend most of your time behind the robot directing it rather than looking out for the girl from district 6 creeping up on you. But forgetting that bit, its axe would be so deadly an attack, you don’t necessarily need to kill anybody, just puncture them and let them bleed out. It’s a grim idea, but it might be easier on your conscience.

M4A1

4. M4A1 Assault Rifle – Ok, this one is mostly based on what fun I could get out of MW2 Multiplayer, but yeah. Why not choose a Gun? It makes complete and total sense; you can get it over with good and quick as long as your aim is good and true. Why not add the attachable grenade launcher, then that way you can set fire to any forestry around you and force people out before shooting them. Ok, it relies on you not wasting ammo; but why on earth would the Capitol only give you one clip?

Crossbow

3. CrossbowKatniss Everdeen had her bow and arrows; I would have my Crossbow (even though I should point out this is all hypothetical and I don’t actually own one). It’s similar to the above mentioned Gun, but this time it’s a bit more quiet and lethal. Yes, I can see a Crossbow coming quite handy in the Hunger Games, and I don’t mean just some old relic of a device, no! I mean a proper modern beast of a weapon, similar to the one used in Brainiac: Science Abuse for testing armour in a modern civil war, or like at the end of Reign of Fire when Christian Bale’s character kills the Big Dragon.

Quarriors

2. Quarriors Dice – If you have no idea what those 2 words mixed together mean, it’s obvious you have not played my Favourite Board Game. In Quarriors (using a similar sort of game play to Dominion, if you know what that is), you roll and collect dice to attack other people. Dice can be used to summon spells, and summon monsters. Just imagine it, you roll the dice, and in a similar vein to Yu-Gi-Oh, Monsters and Spells come out of the dice to attack your enemies.

Heimdall

1. Equipment from Thor – When I think about me being in The Hunger Games, one thing that always comes to mind is the film Thor, quite possibly because the night on the day that I first saw The Hunger Games, I went home and watched some scenes from Thor. Anyway, I have decided to call this bit Equipment of Thor (I know it does not sound all that exciting), because there are 3 things I can think of that would be quite useful to have in The Hunger Games. As to how you would get them is relatively obvious, basically you will be covered in lightning like Thor and receive the equipment as it is bonded to your body. Anyway, the items in question; Heimdall’s Armour, Heimdall’s Sword, and Thor’s Hammer. It’s all you really need isn’t it, just the basics, and the hammer could prove to be a useful escape route as you could just plough through a wall or the roof, or better yet, send the hammer flying and destroy the Capitol, end of The Hunger Games, everyone is free, let’s go home. Basically, all this time, I just see myself becoming Thor while also receiving some equipment from the mighty Heimdall too.

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Have I Finally Found A New Book Series?

9 09 2015

The Enemy (Penguin - 2009)

I like reading. I really do enjoy reading books. I enjoy the opportunity to get lost inside a new world, one that I have either not experienced before, or continuing one I previously have entered. For the past few years, since 2012 I think, reading has become one of my favourite past times, particularly when I am travelling by train. The amount I can read on the train depends on the distance of travel, but for Young-adult fiction; which is my main genre of choice, even the short 15-20 minute travel time between Lancaster and Preston can result in one whole chapter being read. Recently though I have been having a bit of a problem with my reading.

The Young Elites (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers - 2014)

The issue has been something of finding a book to read in the first place. I like reading book series as when one finishes, another begins and this continues until the final book in the series. When a series finishes then I have the tough task of finding a new book/series to read, but when at the beginning or in the middle of one I can just look forward to the next book. Due to how slowly I read also, series can last a number of months, and when I am interested in a particular series, I can just read that one and nothing more. Of late though its become a real struggle to find a new series.

The Last Dragonslayer (Hodder and Stoughton - 2011)

It’s not like I have very little choice either. My Goodreads wish list allows me to keep tabs on books I have spotted and explore them further. This allows plenty of consideration time as what I would like to read next. But some of the book series I have read over the last couple of years are ones I am not too sure about continuing. In that time I have read several series of books from Michael Grant’s GONE series, Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games books and more recently Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Trilogy and A Monster Calls. I have also started some other series I wish to continue at some point from possibly Joseph Delaney’s Wardstone Chronicles, Jasper Fforde’s Chronicles of Kazam and Shane Hegarty’s Darkmouth books (the second book is my current bed time read). But other series of books I have tried in the recent past, have not gone the way I had hoped. Two particular series of mention include The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris d’Lacey and The Young Elites by Marie Lu. While I did like some of these books and do have something in them for me to want to see where they are going, they also have little problems in them that I find put me off from reading anymore in the series either. However, in the midst of all these though I think I may have finally found a series that works for me.

The Enemy (Penguin - 2009)

Recently I have been reading The Enemy by Charlie Higson. It’s a series I have known about for about a year now, and it was only when I was looking for a new bedtime read that I picked up a copy of it. After finishing The Young Elites I began reading The Enemy. In my first sitting I read the first 10 chapters all in one go. I just couldn’t stop reading it. I didn’t struggle with the text size or formatting like I did with The Young Elites, nor did I think it was too complicated a plot. Much of it I thought read a bit like the GONE books. Due to a busy workload helping out at The Dukes play in the park again this year, plus other bits and bobs, continuing the book was a bit of a problem, but as I went down on the train for my holiday a couple of weeks ago, I was able to get back into it, and with relative ease, and I just couldn’t stop reading it then either, or even on the way back. At the time of writing this I was roughly no more than about 70 pages away from finishing it.

The Dead (Penguin - 2013)

Probably by the time this gets posted I will have already started the next one in the series; The Dead. I really do like the books. The setting of a zombie parent filled London and the children trying to survive in a new world without their parents is an interesting one. While there are moments I find a little bit silly, there are some really good characters and some really interesting stories going on. It’s not too hard of a read either; chapters are relatively quite short, and when in the reading zone can be just blitzed through. I really am enjoying it, and while this series like many others will not last and then I will need to go find new stuff to read, for now I am happy that I have found something new to read but will also keep me occupied for some time.

Stone Heart (Disney-Hyperion - 2006)

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What Book To Read Next?

22 04 2015

The Young Elites (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers - 2014)

When you are reading a book and begin to see the end in sight (which mainly involves counting how many pages there are left) one question instantly pops into your head that requires an answer, and soon. What book am I going to read next? It’s a big question for a big reader and unless you get a new book soon, you could find yourself in a spot where you may end up not reading at all. Now if it’s the case that you are reading a book in a series, and that you are enjoying it well enough to keep reading it, then you are pretty much sorted, until the series ends and have to go out and find either a new book or a new series to read. What book to read next is a question that has been plaguing me recently, as it’s the case that I have nearly finished a book, and need a new one to begin reading, and soon. Recently I have been getting back into reading at bed time again thanks to the recent acquisition of a new bed. Reading at bed time is actually quite enjoyable and something I have enjoyed in the past, such as when I read The Hunger Games. More recently though I have been reading Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant.

Eve & Adam (Egmont - 2012)

Eve & Adam has been a lot of fun to read and I consider it one of the best books I have read this year so far (along with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness). But with just a few chapters left to read, I needed to start thinking about which book I was going to try next. Now while I am currently reading Patrick Ness’s Monsters of Men, that has still some time to go until I have completed that, so I don’t need to worry about what after that just yet. Luckily though, I do visit Waterstones a lot and keep an eye out for books. Also, any books I have spotted either online, personal research or seen in Waterstone’s  I catalogue onto my wish list on Goodreads and put them in some sort of order as to which I most want to read next. This I find useful more as a guide though of things to look out for, especially as I know some of the titles in the list off by heart, usually the ones quite near the top. This however presents the issue of having to actually choose which one to read. My excitement for one book at a time (such as Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson) might not much be the case later on and I really need find a real way to choose one.

Steelheart (Orion Books - 2013)

Sometimes though it can be the case that my choosing of a book may depend on the books word formatting. I can find it a real struggle sometimes to read a book that has short words and not a lot of spacing, which can lead to my eyes hurting/straining. A lot of the books I read I do find give me plenty of this, and when I buy a book I do like to have a look at it to see how the words are spaced out. Sometimes I am able to read shorter text but as a result can find it harder to really get into it. This is one of the reasons that Michael Crichton’s Micro really appealed to me when I saw it on shelves in Waterstone’s. Another thing on my mind when choosing which book to read next includes considering my collection of as yet unread books. The collection is mostly made up of books I really wanted to read but did not get round to reading them as planned. The Spook’s Secret by Joseph Delaney was a case of me buying it at the same time as The Spook’s Curse, but having had Michael Grant’s GONE on my shelf for many months, I decided to give it a go, and then did not get round to reading Secret. Other books like Battle Royale by Koushun Takami are ones that I have yet to get round to reading, although I am considering reading Battle Royale after I have read Monsters of Men.

Battle Royale (VIZ Media, LLC - 2009)

As to what to the decision of choosing what my next bed time read would be however, I have had my eyes on a few things and have chosen what to read next. Roughly this time last week I was chasing up a book by Jeremy Robinson called Project Nemesis. A book which involves Giant Monsters or Kaiju trashing a city, the sort of thing I like, especially with my high interest in Godzilla films. I had once heard about the book many months ago but did not think much about it. I decide to chase it up and after having a glance at it and the other books in the series, I really wanted to read them, so when I was in Waterstone’s yesterday I asked if they had a copy of it in. They didn’t. It turned out that the book may not have been released in the UK (either yet or at all) and while I could order one, due to it not being released in the UK, it would be pricey. So with my hopes of reading it so far dashed, I had to have a think.

Project Nemesis (Smashwords Edition - 2012)

Another book I considered reading recently is a book called The Deadly 7 by Garth Jennings, a story about a group of monsters, each one representing one of the Seven Deadly Sins make friends with a boy. From the books cover it looks rather fun, however, it is not the book I asked about in Waterstone’s.

The Deadly 7 (Macmillan Children's Books - 2015)

The book I asked about was one I voted for in the Goodreads awards; The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Yes, I have not read it, but have voted for it, the reason was due to  both its cover and premise. It came to mind just as I stepped into the shop, and as it was a passing thought, I decided to ask about it. I checked the book cover and it was the one, and so it is now on order for me. So The Young Elites is to be my next bed time reading and I am really excited to read it. It’s also the first in a series, so that might cover me for a while, even though the third one may be a year or so before it is released, however, this could lead to other things. Because I did not remember the author’s name when I asked about The Young Elites, I did not realise that she had also written another book (Prodigy) in my goodreads wish list, one that’s been there for about year now (I think). More strangely though; it’s the second book in a series: The Legend series, of which I don’t know much about.

Prodigy (Putnam Juvenile - 2013)

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Books I’m Currently Reading

18 02 2015

The Knife Of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness - 2008)

Since reading The Hunger Games back in 2012, I have been a constant reader. After joining Goodreads in 2013 I have been posting up what is the most recent book I have read and they appear in a little tab on the side of this blog and my stories blog. in 2014 I took part in a reading challenge on Goodreads. Initially I thought I would try and read 10 books. I thought that was a good number. In total I read 25, (with me constantly editing the challenge every time I reached a milestone). This year I thought I would go up from the original 10 but not go overblown like I did with the challenge in 2014, and try to read at least 15 books this year. So far I have read 5 this year, but the first four were quite quick reads and in essence the first three were comic books. The books are:

The thing that I am struggling with this year though is getting late nights and therefore feeling really tired to actually read. On several occasions in recent months I have found myself trying to induce a power nap before hand so I can then have plenty of awake-ness to be able to read. The usual time I would read regularly is on the train to and from Preston, but due to the tiredness, I don’t feel up to reading, so most of the times I have read recently are when I feel like reading and when I force myself to do some reading. But given the last two books I have read, I haven’t minded, because they were truly gripping.

A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd - 2011)

Another issue I have had (but this one is more constant over the last 2 years) is there is too much I want to read. Every now and then I find myself in Waterstones looking at new books I want to buy and read. The problem this incurs is that I start reading too many things when in hindsight I can read roughly less than 5 books at any one time. So at the moment I am pushing myself into that reading state and have no more than 4 books to read at any one time. While it is the case I have started some and not finished them as well as have quite a few books on my shelf that I need to get round to reading, I am forcing myself to stay on track with 4 books, and each one of these has a particular category. They are:

  • Main Reading
  • Bed Time Reading
  • Course/Research Reading
  • Christian Reading

My main reading refers to my main book reading at the moment and that is usually and has been for a long while, Fiction, particularly, Young Adult/Teen Fiction. I rarely find myself exploring adult genres, however, I have become a fan of Michael Crichton and have read both Jurassic Park and Micro (finished by Richard Preston). Bed Time Reading, is a spot I allow myself to read something completely different but only allow myself to read it as bed time approaches. Due to my current bed situation though, I am currently not reading anything at bed time. For the most part I read comics at this time as they are an easy read, mainly X-Men but have become interested in reading Fables at some point. Course/Research reading refers to reading something for my course at University, this has allowed fiction in the past with books including The Casual Vacancy (didn’t read all of it, 25 pages at most), War Horse and Jurassic Park. Christian Reading refers to the current Christian I am reading at the moment. My Christian book library is quite small at the moment, but each book I have read during this time has personally helped me every now and then. So with my current reading situation coming down to just 3 books. I thought I would let you know what I am reading at the moment.

Facing A Task Unfinished (Roger Carswell - 2011)

Title: Facing a Task Unfinished: A Personal Devotional for Evangelism

Author: Roger Carswell

Category: Christian Reading

I have owned this book since 2012 when I picked it up at Saved2Serve. It wasn’t until I left Saved2Serve 2014 and returned home that I began reading it. My reading of it is a bit on and off as it is a study course of one mini chapter per week. I find myself reading it when I can and read 2 or 3 chapters at a time. It is quite useful as it has a bible verse in each section, followed by a thought for meditation, then there is a little poem followed by a prayer you can read. the book also comes with space to allow you to write down your own personal prayers. It’s quite a nice little handy book to have as it doesn’t require much time to use and so even if you only have 5 or 10 minutes to spare, you have plenty of time just to read a little bit at a time.

Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need

Title: Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need

Author: Blake Snyder

Course: Course/Research Reading

I have been reading this book for almost 2 years now, not as long as it took me to read MogWorld, but still a long time. It’s the case that while I try to read it regularly, doing just that is quite hard. I find it weird though that I don’t regularly read it; because it’s so good. It’s very explanative and also very funny to read but also puts your mind in situations of understanding and then goes through with you certain important points of how to write a film script. These points include, pitching, structuring and plotting out everything before you even write the first ‘FADE’ on your script. A really terrific read that is both informative to those who want to learn how to write a script as well as interesting to those who are just interested in the subject.

The Ask And The Answer (Patrick Ness - 2009)

Title: The Ask And The Answer

Author: Patrick Ness

Category: Main Reading

What is now the third Patrick Ness book I have read in a row, The Ask And The Answer is the second book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, the first being The Knife Of Never Letting Go. I have actually yet to start reading it due to the sleep problems but hope to start reading it this week. I am really looking forward to it and to see where the story goes as the last book finished on a huge cliff hanger and now have to wait and see what happens next.

Bookshelf

So that is what I am reading at the moment. While I currently am not reading anything at bed time, the floor is open to pretty much anything, as long as it’s a quick reading. as for the other collections, while I do not know what the next Christian Book will be or the next Course/Research book, I look forward to reading them, providing I enjoy them. While The Ask And The Answer will likely take me time to read it,  as long as I continue to enjoy the series I will probably proceed to read the final book in the series; Monsters Of Men, then I’ll have to start looking again as to what I should read next.

Monsters Of Men (Patrick Ness - 2010)

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Faction Over Blood – Divergent

30 04 2014

Divergent (Summit Entertainment - 2014)

I haven’t really taken much notice of Divergent up until now. When I went to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the staff were handing out little supplements of the book which I have not read. I looked deeper into it and discovered it was a Young Adult book, seemingly with something in common with The Hunger Games and that a film was coming out. Still did not take much notice, and then one time in Waterstones, a staff member suggested it saying that they preferred it to The Hunger Games (Books). I started taking a bit of interest in it though when the first TV Spot came up. For me though, going to see Divergent was going to be a gamble, did not know much about it except for a growing interest in the books, so I took the gamble to go and see it, and I loved it (similar to the gamble I took when I went to see The Hunger Games).

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Based on the book of the same name by Veronica Roth, directed by Neil Burger and produced by Summit Entertainment, Divergent is set in Chicago in the not too distant future. The city is walled, and the city itself is somewhat degraded. The people of Chicago live in a faction based system where when you turn of age, you are assigned to one of these classes (sort of like the Caste System of the Tau in Warhammer 40,000). Abnegation who are selfless and are the political system, Amity who are peaceful and are like the farmers, Candor who are truthful and are like the lawyers, Erudite who are intelligent and who are basically the scientists, and Dauntless who are brave and are the military. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) belongs to Abnegation but has always had an eye for Dauntless. When she comes of age she goes through the test to see who she is. The test is orchestrated by a women called Tori (Maggie Q) who tells her that Beatrice’s results do not conform to one faction and is therefore Divergent. As Divergent’s are capable of independent thought, they are considered as a threat and Beatrice is told to keep quite.

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At the choosing ceremony, all the come of age children get to decide which faction they want to join, no matter what their test results are. Beatrice goes against what she was raised as and joins Dauntless. As she has now chosen a different faction to her parents Andrew (Tony Goldwyn) and Natalie (Ashley Judd) she can no longer see them. Upon leaving the ceremony, she realises how crazy Dauntless are as she is asked to board a moving train, and jump through a building by young dauntless leader Eric (Jai Courtney). When she reaches the bottom, she meets Four (Theo James) who says they can choose a different name, but must stick with it, she calls herself Tris. At the training centre she strikes up a friendship with Christina (Zoë Kravitz), Al (Christian Madsen) and Will (Ben Lloyd-Hughes). She initially struggles in training and is in constant danger of being cut and becoming factionless. She has a fight with a rival called Peter (Miles Teller) who hospitalises her. She is almost kicked out until she joins a capture the flag game and helps her team win it.

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Tris now moves onto the second part of training, a mental training ground that tries to find out who she really is. She is faced with obstacles that terrify her, but when she remembers that the tests are not real, she manages to overpower them. This makes her stand out by a long margin. She goes to visit her Brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) who is an Erudite who tells her that Erudite are planning to overthrow Abnegation whose leader Marcus (Ray Stevenson) is appearing to break laws. On her way back to the training centre, she is attacked by a group of masked men, one of whom is Al who is failing in the second part of the training. When he tries to ask for forgiveness, Tris brands him a coward, and he kills himself. Four takes Tris into his own fear test and tells her that in order to hide herself as a Divergent, she needs to complete the tasks as a Dauntless would, during this he reveals himself to be the son of Marcus, four and Tris then begin a relationship. At the final test Tris completes all her tasks without revealing herself as a Divergent and goes through the initiation before having a final injection. D4

The following morning, Tris realizes that the injection is a mind controlling serum used by Erudite to manipulate Dauntless. With the army now under their control, Erudite plans to wipe-out Abnegation. Only Tris and Four are unaffected who attempt to blend in to try and stop the atrocity. They are however found out, captured and split up; Tris is rescued by her mother who was actually a Dauntless. They go to meet up with Tris’s father, but her mother gets shot on the way. Tris, her father, brother and Marcus go back to Dauntless to stop them, and use Peter who is involved to take them to where Dauntless is being controlled, but her father dies in the process. Tris finds Four who has a large dose of the serum and is under the control of Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet), but manages to break him out of it. Using the same serum they manage to stop Jeanine, and free Dauntless of the mind control. Tris, Four, Marcus and Caleb then flee on the train, and plan to go as far as the end of the tracks, towards the wall.

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Divergent is a beautifully set world. While it is in the form of a walled off Chicago, the world on the bottom, is pretty and beautiful but does not divulge too much into a futuristic setting, therefore making the world and setting very contemporary, as in, it is very much in the now. The idea of the world did make me think a lot of Æon Flux as in it is isolated from the rest of the world, but the society that exists is very grounded in its structure and beliefs. I also like the use of the commuter style trains, so instead of a mass transport style train like that in say Borderlands 2, it is very much something that most people in the world are used to seeing, and so no explanation is needed into how they work, a trains a train. The dilapidated look of the city also comes into consideration as it gives the city both history and character and brings up questions as to what happened and while these are mostly seen from the sky level and the outer stretches of the city limits, it shows what has been done to keep the centre alive as possible. It’s not just in the city though, but also what people wear which adds an element of character to the city and people. The clothes are nicely and brilliantly well designed and is definitely one of the film’s most stand out features.

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Divergent is a beautifully shot film. It’s uses of broad wide shots show the world that it is living in, and nothing too small a detail is left out including things like the electric wire on the wall, the holes in the building, the dilapidation, everything. But at its best is the way it changes scenery and how quickly it does so without making the viewer sick. You know when, if you take films that do lots of flipping, spinning, high-flying, quick changes, the viewer may feel sick. Divergent instead finishes the shot, but then cuts to somewhere else instead of having to merge them together, meaning that the viewer is neither likely to be dizzy, eye strained or feel sick throughout. The zip line scene is also wonderfully done as it shows some more of the beauty of the city that has been kept intact as well as those bits that have fallen, but is also a beautiful scene in its own right.

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Divergent’s cast are a great selection of actors and actresses who are some of the finest young and old talent around today. Particular mentions include Kate Winslet as the scheming cold villain who on the surface definitely appears to be more than she seems as well as manipulative. Molly (Amy Newbold) is an interesting character who gets minor prolific appearances throughout. She is a keen trainee who while having a cold interior seemingly has more to her than that and possibly has a sense of vulnerability about her, I look forward to seeing more of her character. The character of Eric meanwhile is a well-defined Rotter, easily someone you just want to avoid, while the Dauntless leader Max (Mekhi Phifer) underneath is truly opposite. Caleb meanwhile is definitely a man of vision but is easily swayed by manipulation and is very much the icon of the film’s term Faction over Blood. Marcus and the rest of Tris’s family are similar in that they show their exterior more than anything else but are definitely hiding something.

Kate Winslet, Amy Newbold, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Ansel Elgort, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd

Four is much like this but has both elements of trust and distrust but is a good character witness who can see there is more to a person than meets the eye and will eventually rat it out of them, much like he did with Tris, but shows that he is not necessarily a man of the state, but more of a kind and gentle friend in a tough situation. Tori is a nice secretive character who is easily showing how hard it is to stay hidden. While her appearances in the film appear to be mostly small and infrequent, there is more to look forward too with this character as a connection to the audience begins to grow.

Maggie Q, Theo James

The real stars of Divergent though are easily Zoë Kravitz and Shailene Woodley. From the moment you first see her; you know that Christina is going to be an important character. She gives off the feeling of someone who is a great person to be friends with but is also very committed to the path she has chosen, but is also very much a stand out character as in she will voice her opinion’s out in the open if she deems it necessary. This more open attitude is something that helps Tris to come out of the shell she has been hiding in and does this even more so by voicing the idea of getting tattoos. Why she herself is not a Divergent is a mystery. When I first saw the character of Tris I was sort of reminded of Georgina Rylance as they both seem to share a similar look with one another. Woodley’s character though shows what the world looks like to an outsider. The faction system, independent thought and what the natural human would go through to survive, this strong willed nature is hard for her to hide of course but she is able to manage in the long-term until the time is right to reveal herself. Her character is enjoyable throughout and hard to take your mind off as you feel for the character as she is more like the audience member than a citizen. And while she stays the same age throughout, her mind and realization grows and she becomes much like the disciplined soldier as well as more like an adult in mind.

Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley

The film’s soundtrack is well presented with the films main core soundtrack in my opinion being the Run Boy Run theme by Woodkid which is used a lot in the film, but not completely overdone to the point of boredom (like say in The Last of the Mohicans). The rest of the film’s soundtrack is a great mix of the types of music one would expect in a teen/young adult based drama but still not overdone as to bore other viewers.

D12

Divergent overall is actually a very thought-provoking film presenting the ideas of how hard it is to join a specific group as well as the peer pressure presented very much in today’s society ageing from as young as school age to even adult age into joining and conforming to the rules of specific groups. It asks questions as to what would you do in those situations as to what must be done to not just be free of such cases but also to not be frowned or looked down upon due to your position in society and generally the case of all being treated as equals in the world we live in. These ideas are shown with much diligence and are not put to one side for the time being but are constantly presented throughout. The idea of being Divergent in itself is very much the replication of those who choose to both think differently and rebel against the current system under the belief that a much better system can be forged with a little push. The idea of having such suggestions is thoroughly pushed down with the idea of such people being announced rebels and how others desire for control shows what level they are willing to do this by committing such atrocities as mass murder and genocide.

D5

Divergent throughout is an amazing film. Enjoyable from start to finish but with essences that will make you think along with an amazing cast, beautifully shot, thoroughly detailed and scenes that you will not forget in a hurry. It really isn’t just some ordinary teen thriller or action film, it is actually quite clever. I really do suggest that you give this film a try, as while many people may read the film from its poster or trailer, it is much more than that and deserves a good try. It is truly a wonderful film, and one that I highly recommend, not just the audiences that the film is aimed at, but to everyone.

GENEPOOL








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