Monday, October 20, 2014
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

Lost & Found

Lost: Small black female dog, no collar, her name is Shortcake, has long hair, Sutherland Springs area. Call 830-391-5099.

VideoLost Dog! Golden/Pyrenees mix, Kaiha, was last seen October 11 - Hwy 119 - Denhawken area. Was wearing collar (Drama Queen). Please help us find her! Call Billy 210-745-6059. Thank you!
Lost diamond - diamond set in gold mounting prongs fell off of my wife's wedding ring. Reward offered, 210-867-1319.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Boat mechanic/rigger needed, semi-custom shallow water boat builder seeking full-time help in assembly/rigging department, health insurance, holiday/sick pay, vacation, fast paced work environment, seeking self starter. NewWater BoatWorks, 210-648-2206.
Seeking individual to work in a local child-care center, paid holidays, etc., must be high school grad or GED. Apply in person at Cubs Country Childcare, 212 FM 1346 in La Vernia.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
RE/MAX homeTNMCRichardson Chevrolet home

Movie Reviews


Young audiences can relate to the future-shock emotions of ‘Divergent’


Young audiences can relate to the  future-shock emotions of ‘Divergent’


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
Neil Pond
American Profile
April 9, 2014
1186 views
Post a comment

Divergent
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James & Kate Winslet
Directed by Neal Burger
PG-13, 139 min.

This latest vision of a totalitarian, dystopian future comes by way of author Veronica Roth, whose popular young adult novels are now Hollywood’s latest hopes to cash in with the audience--and payday--of “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchises.

“Divergent,” the first in Roth’s trilogy of best-sellers, centers on teenagers who are tested and sorted into one of five groups, or factions, when they turn 16. The classification locks them into irreversible courses to become selfless public servants; brainy scholars and scientists; pacifist farmers; warrior protectors; or truth-seeking lawmakers.

Born into the public-service group, Beatrice (Shailene Woodley) “tests” with evidence of more than one faction: Uh-oh, she’s a “divergent,” and being more than one thing is considered bad--and dangerous. She’s a mutation that threatens the social order.

Beatrice bucks her test results, gives a parting glance to her crestfallen mom (Ashley Judd) and runs off (literally) to join the fearless “warrior” group, Dauntless. She shortens her name to Tris and falls for her mentor/instructor, Four (Theo James), who becomes her partner in uncovering a diabolical scheme by the cold, calculating head of the intellectual Erudite group (Kate Winslet) that could spell doom for Tris and her kind.

It’s easy to see how this story has a built-in appeal to young audiences. Teenagers can certainly relate to its young characters leaving home, trying to figure out who they are, facing major decisions about their futures, and rebelling against forces conspiring to steer them places they may not want to go.

The plot is rather dense, often clumsy and clunky, and the whole thing could stand to be about 25 minutes shorter. Director Neal Burger can’t quite seem to get out from under the long shadow of “The Hunger Games,” which looms large.

But Woodley is delight to watch; her face can convey a spectrum of emotion--delight, bemusement, betrayal, regret--with only the slightest movement, a subtle shift in her eyes or a morph of her lips. She’s also now become a capable action-adventure star. The camera also loves James, and the romantic heat between the two of them will melt away a lot of the shortcomings in “Divergent” as far as its sizeable target audience is concerned.

“We need to keep moving,” says Four in the final scene, as he and Tris leap aboard a speeding train, heading toward the sun and tomorrow. Keep moving, indeed, and all aboard: The “Divergent” sequel, “Insurgent,” begins production in May.
 


Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Movie Reviews


Allstate & McBride RealtyDrama KidsWilson's Auto ChooserChester WilsonVoncille Bielefeld homeBlue Moon Karaoke & DJSacred Heart SchoolHeavenly Touch homeTriple R DC Experts
John D. Foster home
Hoelschers home
Liberty Gun Show
Michelle Tackitt election
Floresville EDC
WCN border security forum 10/3/14
Sara Canady Political ad
Pat Brown Realtors, Inc. home
Abrego Lake
Paul Pfeil political ad
Sherwood Surveying
Pursch Motors
Carrie Moy
Caraway Ford
Southern Electric & Lighting right

Triple R DC ExpertsVoncille Bielefeld homeWilson's Auto ChooserBlue Moon Karaoke & DJDrama KidsAllstate & McBride RealtyChester WilsonSacred Heart SchoolHeavenly Touch home
  Copyright © 2007-2014 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.