This new series is based on Veronica Roth's world-wide best-selling Young Adult trilogy. Again we have the alienated teenager in a post-apocalyptic world, whose population is divided into five disciplines: Candor (Honest); Abnegation (Selfless); Erudite (Intelligent); Amity (Peaceful); and Daunt- less (Brave). Each faction has its own responsibility; this separation creates a smoothly running society.

Each young adult is tested so he or she will make an informed decision as they bet their life (kind of a Harry Potter Sorting Hat). Problem is, there are a few unusual folks who have aptitudes for more than one discipline ...to their great peril, as they aren't allowed to change their mind! Our heroine could belong to three different factions, so begin her troubles...

We watch:
  • Shailene Woodley ("The Decendants") is our heroine Tris, trying to fit in, despite her "special mind." She opts for the Dauntless faction even though her parents are Abnegation. (Her brother goes to Erudite.)
  • Theo James (he was that dead Turk in Lady Mary's bed in Season One of "Downton Abbey") is Four, a demanding Dauntless training instructor.
  • Kate Winslet ("Labor Day") is the icy Christine Matthews; she utterly believes in the system.
  • ZoĆ« Kravitz ("After Earth") is Christina, a sweet colleague who, like Tris, is just trying to survive.
  • Ray Stevenson ("Thor"); Marcus Eaton wants forgiveness from his absent son.
  • Ashley Judd ("Dolphin Tale") is Natalie Prior, our heroine's mother.
  • Tony Goldwyn ("Scandal") is Andrew Prior, her father.
This is far more "Hunger Games" than "Twilight," in that we have a strong heroine who doesn't wait to be rescued. In addition, our heroine has to work hard to develop her skills, like Katniss in "Hunger Games," not just be born beautiful and irresistible like Bella.

Director Neil Burger ("Limitless") never loses sight of the PG-13 rating, we can expect some gunfire, martial arts and a teeny bit of profanity, but no sweaty bodies, e.g., our heroine tells a would-be lover, "I want to take it slow." The YA bones show, but that is to be expected. The young gals in the audience seemed to have a splendid time, and I did NOT suffer!
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Here is a trailer:
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