What I love about this movie is not just the story (I've never read the books, btw), but the special effects and the cast. I'll touch on all three.
Wow! What an incredible concept! And believable too. It's not such a far out concept that the idea just screams ridiculous, but it's brought about in a way that makes sense with just enough backstory that you have an idea of what might have happened to the world to get it to where it is but not so much that it is overkill.
I love that the dynamic between all characters (main and secondary) are all presented with enough time to form some pretty good ideas about them. They help move the story forward which is awesome and kept me interested in the movie instead of what was on my computer (I multi-task).
The romance element wasn't overpowering. It developed naturally, though I would've liked to see more of that.
The suspense and action kept me glued to my seat. I literally felt invested in the main character's (Triss) life and wanted her to pull through the movie. I wanted to defend her and run with her, which is what I think the goal of all storytelling is. To make the audience invested in the main character and their goal.
The special effects:
I'll admit, when I saw that the movie was done by Summit, I had some pretty high expectations. As a reader/fan of the Twilight books and films, I fell in love with Summit's ability to bring a story to life from the pages of the books. Again, I have never read the Divergent books, so just gauging by the special effects within the movie, I'm thinking there were some pretty intense moments within the book. I can't really comment on that, but that's my expectation. I'll read them soon. When is still unclear, but they are on my TBR.
Just know that as an author myself, I write things that can be hard to act out in a movie. So, there is some level of high expectancy that adds to my level of enjoyment within a movie. With Divergent, I was pleased by how well things were translated.
Very well done.
One of the things I love the most about YA and their authors is the ability to take someone who doesn't "fit-in" or is different in any way and throw them into impossible situations or somehow flip the coin into the character's favor. This includes size, looks, mentality, etc. They are not shoved into a box matching Hollywood's idea of beauty or what is acceptable. I'm happy to see that the movie industry is catering to these stories. I'm even more relieved to see someone that could be seen as average looking (by Hollywood's standards) and throw them into a leading role. The diversity is so refreshing to me and I hope that this trend continues as I remember what it was like to grow up with certain expectations on my appearance.
As for the individual actors, wow! I love how they slid right into their roles and made their characters come to life in such fantastic ways. Though I haven't seen much with these particular actors (that I can think off right off the top of my head--apart from two or three), they don't seem to make themselves appear within the character. What I mean by that is, the actor themselves assumes the role so completely that they feel like they become the character. You know how some actors have "signature moves?" That.
All in all, this is definitely a movie I'm going to buy and watch over and over again, and that's not something that I say about very many movies at all. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to this March when Insurgent comes out. I watched the trailer after watching Divergent and it looks to be even more promising!