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Review: Divergent (2014)

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***THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OVER AT THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 3RD, HERE***

Director: Neil Burger.

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Christian Madsen, Ansel Elgort, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ray Stevenson.

Running Time: 139 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

SynopsisBeatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into factions dependent on personality. When she turns sixteen, she must choose whether to stay within Abnegation for the rest of her life, or live with another faction she believes is right for her. But Beatrice is keeping a secret that puts her life – and that of her family – in serious danger.

It’s incredibly unfair to compare DIVERGENT to the YA (that’s ‘Young Adult’, to those not in the literary loop) adaptations that have come before it. But it’s almost impossible not to. Boasting a central love story, action scenes and a futuristic setting, it is considerably less saccharine than TWILIGHT, less violent than THE HUNGER GAMES and less futuristic than ENDER’S GAME. But, perhaps the most easily accessible when feeling far more of this world, it finds itself sitting rather comfortably amongst the bunch.

Opening to Beatrice’s narration (apparently a necessary YA trope), we are swiftly introduced to each of the five factions – Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intelligent). Born into Abnegation, her family lead a modest life focused on helping the Factionless – homeless wanderers who didn’t make the grade elsewhere – and surviving on a low-calorie diet most Hollywood stars would be proud of. Continue reading

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2011 National Board Of Review Winners

The National Board Of Review has just announced its 2011 winners that are to be honoured in a ceremony on January 10th.

Take note, doubters – they picked Hugo as their Film Of The Year. I don’t think this Race is set in stone just yet.

Annie Schulhof, NBR President, on Hugo: “It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world.  It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging.”

Anyway, here are the award winners in full: Continue reading

Christopher Nolan’s The Viral King

Today brought us the first teaser poster for the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s phenomenal Batman reimagining, The Dark Knight Rises. And it’s signature Nolan. Very similar to the style of The Dark Knight and Inception marketing campaigns, I wouldn’t have it any other way. From how we look up to the sky to how the bat symbol is incorporated into the crumbling skyscrapers, it’s more than evident the dark tones of The Dark Knight will be carried over here. I think it’s also safe to say the demise of Gotham as portrayed in this poster will have a lot to do with Tom Hardy’s Bane.

With the very first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises coming nicely packaged in front of fellow Warner Bros. franchise Harry Potter on Friday, my excitement and anticipation for this final outing couldn’t be any higher. So I felt the need to revisit the teaser posters and teaser trailers from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight to try and guess what we might have in store from another of Nolan’s brilliant viral campaigns. Continue reading