ONE CHOICE CAN TRANSFORM YOU.
After a war, Chicago has been walled off and its citizens divided into five factions; teenager Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses which one to belong to and discovers a conspiracy. A dystopian sci-fi adventure targeted at teen girls with a strong female character fighting an authoritarian leader – it’s impossible not to draw comparisons to The Hunger Games, and this one falls short because of its underdeveloped story and leaden pacing. Woodley is good though, and a few scenes stand out, such as a nightly zip-line ride through a post-apocalyptic Chicago.
2014-U.S. 140 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Neil Burger. Novel: Veronica Roth. Cast: Shailene Woodley (Beatrice “Tris” Prior), Theo James (Tobias “Four” Eaton), Kate Winslet (Jeanine Matthews), Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson… Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer.
Trivia: Aaron Eckhart was allegedly considered for a role. Followed by two sequels, starting with Insurgent (2015).