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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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The Super Bowl Spots According To Scott – Part 1

Scott (check out his blog here) takes a look at the Super Bowl Spots for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance. Check back for Part 2 where he’ll be dissecting John Carter and The Avengers. Continue reading

Review: The Three Musketeers (2011)

DIRECTOR: Paul W.S. Anderson.

CAST: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Freddie Fox, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Christoph Waltz, Juno Temple, Gabriella Wilde, Mads Mikkelsen, James Corden.

SYNOPSIS: After leaving the home he shares with his parents, D’Artagnan (Lerman) heads to Paris and meets the former Musketeers, Athos (Macfadyen), Porthos (Stevenson) and Aramis (Evans). Far removed from their former glory, they are all too soon swept up in a plot to seize the French throne and D’Artagnan must help them secure King Louis’ (Fox) position within Europe.

Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers has its heart in the right place. It’s a real shame, then, that so many extraordinarily talented actors are wasted to assure this is a vehicle for Logan Lerman. As much as you try and embrace the whole silliness of it, not a lot seems to work. And how did a film of 110 minutes feel so long? Continue reading