Divergent

Synopsis: Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly peaceful society, this secret might help her save the people she loves... or it might destroy her.
Director(s): Neil Burger
Production: Lionsgate Films/Summit Entertainment
  7 wins & 11 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
48
Rotten Tomatoes:
41%
PG-13
Year:
2014
139 min
$129,520,735
Website
1,925 Views

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS)

TRIS:
We're lucky to be in The City. They say the war was terrible. That the rest of the world was destroyed. The founders built the wall to keep us safe and they divided us into five groups, factions, to keep the peace.

TRIS:
The smart ones, the ones who value knowledge and logic are in Erudite. They know everything.

(YELLING INDISTINCTLY)

TRIS:
Amity farm the land. They're all about kindness and harmony, always happy.

TRIS:
Candor value honesty and order. They tell the truth, even when you wish they wouldn't.

(CHEERING)

TRIS:
And then there's Dauntless. They're our protectors, our soldiers, our police. I always thought they were amazing.

TRIS:
Brave, fearless and free.

TRIS:
Some people think Dauntless are crazy, which they kind of are.

(IMAGE SHOWS A YOUNG BEATRICE RUNNING AT THE BACK OF A GROUP OF DAUNTLESS WEARING HER GREY ABNEGATION DRESS)

(LAUGHING)

(VIEW OF YOUNG BEATRICE LOOKING OVER AT DAUNTLESS BOYS AND GIRLS RUNNING AROUND)

ANDREW:
Come on, Beatrice.

(CUTS BACK TO PRESENT)

TRIS:
My faction is Abnegation. The others all call us "stiffs." We lead a simple life, selfless, dedicated to helping others.

TRIS:
We even feed the Factionless, the ones who don't fit in anywhere.

TRIS:
Because we're public servants, we're trusted to run the government. My father works alongside our leader, Marcus.

TRIS:
It all works. Everyone knows where they belong. Except for me.

(SNIPPING)

TRIS:
My mother says there's an art to losing yourself. But I haven't figured it out yet. I'm supposed to never think of myself, to always help others. To never look too long in the mirror.

NATALIE:
Are you nervous?

(INHALES DEEPLY)

TRIS:
No. Were you? For your test?

NATALIE:
Mmm-mm. No.I was terrified.

(CHUCKLES SOFTLY)

NATALIE:
But I didn't have any reason to be and neither do you.

(SHUTS AWAY MIRROR)

NATALIE:
That's all you get. Rules are rules.

TRIS:
Today I take the test. I'm scared it'll tell me I'm not Abnegation. That I have to leave my family. But I'm even more scared that it will tell me to stay.

TRIS:
For my brother Caleb, it's easy.

CALEB:
Let me help you with that.

(HE SAYS AS HE RUNS TO ELDERLY WOMAN AND GRABS BAGS AND POTS)

TRIS:
He's a natural.

CALEB:
Beatrice, do you wanna get the other bags?

TRIS:
Sorry.

CALEB:
What if she'd been blind or an amputee? Would you have helped her then?

TRIS:
I was thinking about helping her.

CALEB:
It's not that hard.

TRIS:
For you, maybe. Just relax, Beatrice. Take a deep breath and trust the test.

TRIS:
Trust the test. Test will tell me who I am, where I belong . Am I smart?

Kind?

Am I honest?

Selfless?

Or brave?

PETER:
Hey. So, all the food that we're not getting, you guys are giving away to the Factionless

(GROUP OF ABNEGATION LOOK NERVOUS AND SCARED AND NOD ALONG)

PETER:
Right? Yeah?

GROUP OF ABNEGATION: Yeah.

PETER:
You're a liar. Why are you lying to me? Everybody knows you keep it for yourselves. So why don't you just admit it? Huh?

PETER:
I'm talking to you. Are all you stiffs deaf or somethin'? Hey!

(PETER SHOVES ONE OF THE ABNEGATION PEOPLE)

(TRIS STEPPES FORWARD BUT IS QUICKLY HELD BACK BY CALEB)

CALEB:
Beatrice... Don't.

(SIGHS)

(TRAIN APPROACHING)

(SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY)

WOMAN:
One hundred years ago, after the war, our founders created a system they believed would prevent future conflict and create lasting peace. Today, aptitude testing based on your personality will assign you to one of the factions. While it is our belief that choosing the faction indicated by your test is the best way to ensure success within the faction system, it is your right tomorrow at the choosing ceremony to choose any of the five factions, regardless of your test results. However, once the choice has been made, there will be no change permitted.

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Evan Daugherty

Evan Daugherty (born 1981) is an American screenwriter. He wrote the films Killing Season, Snow White and the Huntsman and the film adaptation of Divergent. more…

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