Top 10 Films of 2014 – Part 2

20 03 2015

Film Reel 2014

Continuing on from Part 1; here are my Top 5 Favourite Films of 2014. That’s about all there is to say really. Don’t forget, please feel free to comment, Like, and Rate the post too. Enjoy.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (Paramount Pictures - 2014)

5. Transformers: Age of Extinction – I absolutely love the Transformers films. Each time a sequel was announced I was so happy and have enjoyed every single one of them. Age of Extinction though is by far the best one to date. Easily the most enjoyable and memorable film in the series to date culminating in a very long film but in my opinion better than the previous 3 put together. The only issue I had with it was that it could have been a bit more violent, but sadly not. A great cast of characters, both human and robotic which includes human stars Stanley Tucci, Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer and Nicola Peltz. The transformers themselves also featured a great cast which including series regulars Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and Megatron; now Galvatron (Frank Welker) but also new members including Hound (John Goodman), Drift (Ken Watanabe), Crosshairs (John DiMaggio), Lockdown (Mark Ryan), Stinger and best of all; The Dinobots. One amazing film which instantly jumped up my list after I saw it.

Gone Girl (20th Century Fox - 2014)

4. Gone Girl – When I heard that Gone Girl was coming, I was very interested for one reason more than most; David Fincher was directing it. I had seen the book on shop shelves in train stations for a while now but did not know what it was about. I heard a brief scene on the radio, but then I went to see it. It is a hard film to talk about because in essence, the story involves a really horrible person doing something extremely outlandish to get revenge on the person they married, and in the end getting away with it, forever. It reminds me a lot of a story I heard about the production of the original Alien film, where Ridley Scott wanted the Alien to win by killing Ripley, maybe back then he couldn’t do that, but after the release of Gone Girl; he can now. Gone Girl is an extremely good film and one of the best of 2014, but it’s hard to say that I like it as that statement, just sounds wrong. The film did have some great characters from Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike but top marks (in my opinion) have to go to Carrie Coon for the part of Margo. Brilliantly directed by David Fincher and thoroughly gripping. I don’t think I have been to see a film and heard that much gasping from the audience until I saw Gone Girl.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Lions Gate - 2014)

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1The Hunger Games series continues with the release of Mockingjay Part 1. While I do not fully agree with Hollywood’s part 1 part 2 philosophy of making films as it is mostly just a form of making more money more than anything else; I am however OK with The Hunger Games doing it as it prolongs one of the best film series not just to date but in movie history (at least to me). I was unsure of where the film was going to be split though. Having finally finished the book series back in April I came up with an assumption, and I was right to about 5 minutes. While in essence Part 1 just covers the first half to just before the third part of the book, the film I felt was a lot like the first Hunger Games film. While I still prefer the first two films to this one, the essence and feeling captured in Mockingjay Part 1 reminded me a lot of why I particularly liked the first one and several scenes felt like the first film was being revisited. When it was all over I was singing The Hanging Tree song chorus out of the cinema and all the way home. The films main stars continue to provide excellent characters for the film, plus plenty new characters to enjoy too, but stealing the spot light is still the dynamic duo of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). With the scene now setup from another spectacular film, it leaves the stage open and ready for the final act; I’m probably going to cry when it’s all over.

The Raid 2 (XYZ Films - 2014)

2. The Raid 2 – I had heard about The Raid but had not seen it by the time The Raid 2 came out. I went to see 2 at The Dukes in Lancaster and got a huge shock within the first 10 minutes or so which makes it, quite easily; the most violent film I have seen to date. From start to finish it was one huge compilation of fights involving lots of blood, broken limbs and people getting killed in the most brutal of fashions. But the film was another thing as well, it wasn’t just an extremely violent film, it was also FANTASTIC. Really good story telling, terrific fights and spectacular martial arts sequences, brilliant action moments including one amazing car chase taking place inside and outside more than 5 cars and at least one motorbike and on top of that truly terrific characters including series protagonist Rama played by Iko Uwais and especially so to the character of Hammer Girl played by Julie Estelle. Simply Fantastic and Brutal, Awesome.

Godzilla 2014 (Legendary Pictures - 2014)

1. Godzilla – My year in 2014 can be summarised by my excitement and expectancy to one particular film. From the first trailer to opening night, the one thing I was most looking forward too was the New Godzilla, and I wasn’t disappointed one bit. I saw it on the big screen 3 times during its release. Every second was movie gold to me. The film was led by a really good cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn and (briefly) Juliette Binoche. But the biggest star was of course Godzilla himself. While it does take a while for him to appear on the screen in full force, the film includes little sightings and mentioning’s of him here and there including the terrific opening intro, but while it may take time for him to appear in full view, it makes that first moment in full view all the more special and spectacular. While it has been pointed out that he had little screen time, I feel he had plenty for now, and overall was a great introduction for new audiences. For me though I was more pleased over that it wasn’t just a creature called Godzilla or looked like Godzilla, but that it was Godzilla on-screen, right down to the iconic Atomic Deathray. One absolutely, fantastic film that I consider not just the best film of 2014, but also; one of the best, Godzilla films.

GENEPOOL





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)

GENEPOOL





Top 7 Most Exciting Films In 2015

21 01 2015

Film Reel 2015

Since 2012; I have annually produced a list of my top 10 most exciting films of the upcoming year. These are the films which I am most excited about that are due for release later in the year. This year however, there’s a problem, there are only 7 films I feel genuinely excited about. While there is the new Star Wars film due for release later this year, I just don’t feel all that excited about it, the new Terminator looks much better, but I don’t feel all that strongly for it, and while films like Monsters: Dark ContinentChappie, Minions and Crimson Peak do look rather interesting, I don’t know much about them to feel anything major for them. It’s quite the dilemma, but I have found at least 7 films that I am genuinely looking out for and so here is my list of the Top 7 Most Exciting Films In 2015 (it would have been 8 if Kung Fu Panda 3 had not been pushed back to 2016).

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel Studios - 2015)

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron – When The Avengers (Avengers Assemble in the UK) was released, I was relatively OK with it. I thought that having all characters on-screen could ruin it but overall was impressed with the portrayal of The Hulk. I however thought that the film would ruin future one-off releases by constantly mentioning that film instead of being its own thing and until recently was not all that excited to the release of the new film. Even when the first trailer for Age of Ultron came out, I thought it looked rather rubbish, particularly the ridiculous giant Iron Man armour (but not as ridiculous though as the upcoming Ant-Man film). The second trailer though look more refined and when I began to look at it in-depth it began to look a little more interesting. While I am sort of wavering on this film, I am a little more excited about it, and am interested to see how they are going to portray two X-Men characters in it.

Spectre (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - 2015)

6. Spectre – The next instalment in the James Bond series and sequel to Skyfall. The next film sees Sam Mendes returning to direct this new film which is set to star Christoph Waltz and former World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Dave Bautista. While the plot of the new film is still rather unknown, the promise of a new bond film, let alone being directed again by the director of Skyfall shows promise.

Insurgent (Lionsgate - 2015)

5. The Divergent Series: Insurgent – The sequel to Divergent. Having not read the books myself I don’t know what is going to happen but the trailer does look rather good. Previous cast members return for the next instalment, including both Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz and altogether at this stage, the film looks rather interesting.

Blackhat (Legendary Pictures - 2015)

4. Blackhat – I have been looking forward to Blackhat for a while now. The first time I heard of it was when I was researching the biography of Legendary Pictures founder Thomas Tull. I sort of kept the film in mind before eventually finding the trailer, to which I am impressed. What looks to be a hacker based drama starring Chris Hemsworth, the trailer made this jump so high in my list. While the film has not yet been released in the UK, it has been in America, so fingers crossed, it shouldn’t be too long until it gets released in the UK (not unless it’s going to be like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all over again).

Seventh Son (Legendary Pictures - 2015)

3. Seventh Son – I have mentioned this film a lot over the last several years and it has been a long time coming. Had it not been for it being pushed back an entire year (especially as the trailer for the film was released several months before that was announced), it would have been released by now. Based on the book series The Spook’s by Joseph Delaney, the film follows the Spook taking on new apprentice Thomas Ward to fight the forces of darkness and protect the local people from the things that go bump in the night. What is supposedly based on the first book in the series; The Spook’s Apprentice, Seventh Son follows the story from the beginning. The trailer however shows things which I can’t remember in the book, and I think the character of Thomas (Ben Barnes) looks a little old for a character who is supposedly a teenager. The Spook (Jeff Bridges) however looks pretty close to perfect. While I am a little unsure of what the trailer shows, I am still excited to see what the film does.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Lions Gate - 2014

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – The film series that gripped the world from its first instalment finally reaches its ultimate climax. What will be the second part of the third book (a trend that is taking over the whole of cinema), Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and company will fight through the city streets of the Capitol to reach and ultimately bring down the ruthless Capitol, ruled by the villainous President Snow (Donald Sutherland). While Part 1 ended where I roughly thought it would, it’s going to be interesting to see how Part 2 will ultimately finish. I’m probably going to cry when this is all over, it’s been one of my favourite film series, not just in recent years, but I have seen to date, and I’m gonna miss it when it’s all over later this year.

Jurassic World (Universal Pictures - 2015)

1. Jurassic World – I have been waiting for this film for a long, long time. I love the Jurassic Park series, to me, it’s better than it’s close rival; Star Wars. I have always loved dinosaurs and the Jurassic Park films have always been fun (even number 3 has it’s moments). Having read though the book of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton this past year, I do see the films in a different light. The trailer for the new film has been out for a long while now, but from the moment I saw it, I already fell in love with it. The film’s setting looks terrific, and the premise looks awesome and terrifying. While a second trailer is due to come out relatively soon, it won’t be too long until this film gets released, but the first trailer gives me plenty of reasons to be excited about it.

GENEPOOL (I would have included Birdman, but seeing as it has already been released in both the US and the UK, I thought it felt a bit late to mention it).





Film News – Mockingjay and Seventh Son

16 09 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon Movies - 2014)

It’s been a long time since I did some Film News but recently there has been some exciting developments in the film world regarding one of the most popular film series of the moment, a film that has had a greenlit sequel despite not being released in the UK yet and one film which has become one of the most annoying pieces of film news this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Lionsgate - 2014

At long last, well yesterday a trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was finally released after months of waiting. Mockingjay Part 1 is of course the first part in the final part of The Hunger Games trilogy (Quadrilogy now) and is the movie adaptation of the final book in the series Mockingjay. It has been a long time for the trailer to be released as up till now there has only been a few teasers, but even then they were only a few months ago and it is surprising really that Lionsgate have waited this long to release the trailer when Catching Fire last year was released around about March/April time, not two months before the film is due for release. Having finally gotten round to reading the book earlier this year (it was 2012 when I read the first one) due to me being preoccupied with the incredible GONE series, I have been wondering how they were going to show the underground world of District 13 as well as how it was going to look and also wonder where the film would split in half. From watching the trailer I can see that the world has once again been beautifully crafted and from shots alone can see that once again the filmmakers have been true to the books. One thing though that I think works spectacularly is that of the appearance of Donald Sutherland in the trailer. One of the things I have enjoyed most about the series is the casting and acting of both Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Donald Sutherland as President Snow and with him in particular having another up front role in the trailer is an added bonus. The trailer though feels very minimalist with most acting pieces going to Snow and Katniss with bits from Peeta and Haymitch, but I suspect that more will be revealed as the release date approaches on November 20th 2014, with the UK getting to see it before the United States; I suppose it makes up for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Seventh Son (Legendary Pictures - 2015)

You may remember for some time now I have constant mentions to the film Seventh Son, an upcoming adaptation of the book; The Spook’s Apprentice (which I have also made constant mentions of and even reviewed) by Joseph Delaney. Initially put down for like a late 2013 release and then an early 2014 release with a trailer originally released around about August 2013, the film’s release was pushed back by an entire year due to Universal buying the release rights from Warner Bros. when Universal Studios stepped in as the co-produce and co-finance partner to Legendary Pictures and then deciding to push back the release date to roughly the same time, (give or take a month) one year later. Well, another trailer has been released……….with the date attached (February 6th 2015), so hopefully, we may finally get to see this film. The trailer discloses a lot more than the previous trailer did with still some sections of Comedy from Jeff Bridges (the film also stars Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander), however, much like the first trailer I still get the overall opinion of “I don’t remember that happening in the book” (much like the trailers for the recent film version of Noah as I have heard the real story of Noah). Despite that though some of the trailer looks true to the book and it is still 5 or 6 months until it gets released and so we’ll just have to wait and see. Expect Monsters, witches (not sure about Ninjas or Turtles) and Fantasy galore as Seventh Son (“HOPEFULLY”) gets released next year.

Which finally brings us on too, you guessed it……………………….Hellboy 3. No not really, the constant references to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles means that yes I am going to talk about a film that has already had a sequel confirmed for release in 2016 while annoyingly has not been released in the UK yet, and I don’t know why? This is the new live action adaptation of the popular series starring those loveable ninja turtles and their master rat. The film has been in development for a long time and all until roughly last year I was hoping it would be an animated sequel to the 2007 film TMNT. The film however is a live action film, and upon discovering this I have been sort of worried as to what it would look like, but thankfully Michael Bay was producing it. The film looks like it is in fact adopting the look and techniques that were used in producing the Awesome Transformers series and from what I can so far gather, looks really good. Trailers for the film have been hard to come by and have so far been only available on YouTube; there are however been some clips of the film too. From the looks of the film the film will be exploring the first time the turtles met reporter April O’Neil played by Megan Fox as they once again do battle with the villainous Shredder. The films cast include William Fichtner and Tohoru Masamune as the Shredder with Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard and Johnny Knoxville playing the role of the 4 turtles (confusing I know) and not forgetting Danny Woodburn and Tony Shalhoub as Splinter (again, confusing). The film does look pretty impressive and I am very excited about finally getting to see this film when it gets released October 17th 2014 (10 days before Godzilla gets released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK), particularly to see how they are going to approach my Favourite turtle, Raphael. So let us finish there with this awesome clip from the new film, and also the best lift music you could possibly want to actually listen too.

And here’s the trailer.

GENEPOOL





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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