The first full-length theatrical trailer for ‘Divergent’ was released Nov. 13, and as HollywoodLife.com’s resident ‘Divergent’ nut-job, I can confirm one essential truth: This trailer is perfect.
I’m no erudite, but I know a good trailer when I see one. Divergent‘s first trailer, which features stars Shailene Woodley, 21, and Theo James, 28, as they navigate their insanely corrupt and malicious universe, is thrilling, mysterious, and best of all, completely satisfying for fans of the dynamic book series.
The Dark, Gritty Atmosphere
The beginning of the trailer is a little bit too Hunger Games-y for my taste. Tris is getting ready for the biggest day of her young life — the day she’ll be sorted by personality into Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, or Erudite — and the clips are very reminiscent of Katniss preparing for her reaping.
However, the similarities end there. Tris’ world, on the outside at least, is much more organized and just than Katniss’. But the uniform, Big Brother-esque organization of Tris’ people, as well as the shocking lack of humans left in this mysterious, post-apocalyptic version of Chicago, hint at something sinister lurking under Jeanine Matthews’ (Kate Winslet, who is flawless) peaceful façade. Why does Tris need to be afraid of her city’s leaders? Why must she hide out amongst the wild-child Dauntless clan? Why is she not allowed to have more than one aptitude? And most of all, why on earth does this world place its children in deadly situations as a part of their education?
These are all questions that the film were surely answer, I’m just happy to see that all of the Dauntless stuff — train-jumping and carousel-climbing included! — looks so thrilling. The fight scenes, particularly the ones that feature Tris facing off against Miles Teller‘s vicious Peter, look like they’re going to be as brutal and unflinchingly honest as they are in the books. With so many YA dystopian film adaptations softening the essential violence that makes their books so powerful and effective, it’s refreshing to see that Divergent will be a rough ride.
The Aptitude Tests
Now, I’ve always had a vivid imagination — I can very easily imagine a world in which Four and I are together, for example — but the aptitude tests, which are so crucial to the entire book series, have always been somewhat difficult to comprehend in my dystopia-loving brain. However, it looks like the film version of Divergent has nailed the abject horror that is these mind-controlling, extremely invasive tests. Tris is “placed” in a rapidly-filling water tank because the evil folks controlling the tests know she’s terrified of drowning, and the clip we see in the trailer helped me fully understand what enduring this test is like — terrible. (Oh, and don’t tell me you didn’t feel a chill or two when Tris beat the test. Cause you definitely did.)
What do you think of the trailer, HollywoodLifers?
WATCH: ‘Divergent’ Trailer
— Shaunna Murphy