This was an experimental and unconventional film that could only have been made in its day and used many innovative techniques to achieve cinematic results without any CGI! John Boorman wrote and directed the film and it was shot on location close to his own home in Ireland, which lends a beautiful backdrop to many of the scenes.
3. Divergent. And so why not continue the trend. What better combination than Jungian personality theory crossed with Sci-fi fantasy! Released in 2014 and directed by Neil Burger, this is the first part of a trilogy starring Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James playing her love interest and ally Four.
The story is based around a post-apocalyptic dystopian future where all individuals are categorised into five established factions based on their personality type. Abnegation (selfless altruistic types), Amity (harmonious ecological types), Candor (honest law and order types), Dauntless (loyalty and bravery types), and Erudite (intellectual scientific types).
Our lead protagonist Tris is born into the Abnegation faction that also runs the government, but is mistrusted by the other factions. As she now comes of age it is her duty to chose for herself which of the five factions she will continue on with for the rest of her life. If she doesn’t chose a faction or fails to achieve the required results in her chosen factions trials she will be cast out as a factionless undesirable.
It is whilst she undergoes the test to determine her personality type before the choosing ceremony, that it is revealed her typing has proved inconclusive, meaning she is in fact a Divergent. This is not good. Divergents are feared because of their immunity to societal control and influence. They are routinely hunted down and killed.
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