Dystopia — a society where everything is as bad as it can possibly be — has fascinated humans for centuries.
Beginning in the time of Plato, gaining prominence throughout the age of the Great Depression and prospering in the 21st century, the concept of our modern world’s downfall has been a central theme in many well-known books.
Plato’s “Republic,” Alduous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” and now Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” all hinge on dystopian futures.
Director Neil Burger has brought Roth’s novel to life on the big screen.
The movie begins with a scene of a distant city skyline, easily identifiable as the city of Chicago.
However, as the camera moves closer, the far-off metropolis becomes an obviously frayed Chicago, with rusted bridges, torn buildings and the concrete bed of a once-existent river.
In this ragged city, citizens are split into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite.