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10 Movies Similar To "Divergent"


Date Posted: 21 March 2014


"Divergent" is a brand new dystopian film.

Another young-adult novel adaptation is on the rise and the movie in question is none other than "Divergent". Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, "Divergent" takes place in a futuristic Chicago where society is divided into 5 factions based on the people's personalities. There are "Abnegation" (the selfless), "Dauntless" (the brave), "Erudite" (the intelligent), "Candor" (the honest), and "Amity" (the peaceful). At the heart of the movie is Beatrice "Tris" Prior (Shailene Woodley) who harbours a secret of her own because she's a Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any of the faction. Soon she uncovers something sinister beneath her seemingly perfect society that threatens to tear the city apart.

To coincide with its release, here are the 10 selected similarly themed movies to watch that bear resemblance with "Divergent" and the sure craze the film will deliver for more movies:

"Lord Of The Flies" (1963/1990)

A scene from "Lord Of The Flies" (1963).

Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding, Peter Brook's "Lord Of The Flies" centres on a group of young boys stranded on an island where they are left to fend for themselves. The boys soon split into two gangs and attempt to govern themselves in the name of survival. The movie's various theme which touches on the issue of civilization, savagery and dark side of human nature, has particularly inspired many future filmmakers including "Battle Royale", TV's "Lost" and of course, "The Hunger Games". A coloured remake made by director Harry Hook followed in 1990.

"Death Race 2000" (1975) / "Death Race" (2008)

Jason Statham looking serious as always in "Death Race" (2008).

One of the popular cult movies of the '70s, Paul Bartel's "Death Race 2000" takes place in a dystopian America where competitors score points by running over pedestrians in the nationally-televised sporting event of a cross-country car race known as "Transcontinental Death Race". "Death Race 2000" is particularly well-known for one of the late David Carradine's iconic roles as the homicidal driver named Frankenstein and of course, the appearance of then-young Sylvester Stallone as Machine Gun Joe Viterbo. A remake directed by Paul W.S. Anderson ("Resident Evil"), which starred Jason Statham followed in 2008.

"Rollerball" (1975/2002)

A scene from "Rollerball" (1975).

Another classic of the 1970s movie is Norman Jewison's "Rollerball", which starred James Caan. Like "Death Race 2000", this culturally popular movie also revolves around a deadly sporting event in the dystopian future. Except this one involves a violent version of roller derby where two teams fight against each other to score points by throwing a steel ball into the goal around a circular track. An inferior remake directed by John McTiernan ("Die Hard") followed in 2002.

"The Running Man" (1987)

Schwarzenegger looks pissed in "The Running Man".

One of Schwarzenegger's underrated action movies of the '80s, "The Running Man" takes place in a futuristic America where convicted criminals are chosen and must escape death from a gang of vicious killers, which is all staged like a televised game show. The movie is particularly famous for Schwarzenegger's quotable dialogues (e.g. "Killian, here's your Subzero, now plain zero"), Harold Faltermeyer's theme music and of course, Richard Dawson's villainous performance as the game host, Damon Killian.

"Battle Royale" (2000) / "Battle Royale II: Requiem" (2003)

A scene from "Battle Royale" (2000).

One of the most popular Japanese movies in the modern generation, Kinji Fukasaku's "Battle Royale" revolves around a group of students forced by the government to compete in a deadly game on an uninhabited island where they have to kill each other until one last survivor is left standing. At the time of its release, it was very controversial due to the nature of its premise as well as its unflinching graphic violence. The movie has since become a legacy among many filmmakers including director Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained") who listed "Battle Royale" as one of his favorite movies. An inferior sequel called "Battle Royale II: Requiem" followed in 2003.

"Equilibrium" (2002)

Christian Bale (left) squares off against Taye Diggs in "Equilibrium".

Kurt Wimmer's "Equilibrium", which starred Christian Bale, takes place in a dystopian future at the end of World War III where feelings, books, art and music are strictly forbidden. At the time of its release, this ambitious sci-fi movie failed to find its audiences at the U.S. box office but managed to gain a minor cult following as the years went by. "Equilibrium" is of course known for its "Gun Kata" fighting technique, where fighters combine a hybrid of gun-shooting and martial arts to face off against each other.

"V For Vendetta" (2005)

Hugo Weaving in "V For Vendetta".

Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, "V For Vendetta" takes place in a futuristic United Kingdom where a mysterious freedom fighter known as V (Hugo Weaving) plots a revolutionary attack to overthrow the fascist regime with the help of a woman named Evey (Natalie Portman). The movie is particularly notable for Hugo Weaving's impressive performance as V, who played his role throughout the movie with his face covered in a Guy Fawkes mask.

"The Tournament" (2009)

Ving Rhames is feeling the pain in "The Tournament".

This little-known independent action thriller from the directorial debut of British filmmaker Scott Mann revolves around a battle royale between 30 of the world's greatest assassins who gather every seven years in a small town somewhere in the world, whereby the last survivor will win a cash prize of USD$10 million. Interestingly enough, this entertaining low-budget movie featured plenty of familiar faces including Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Ving Rhames, British martial arts sensation Scott Adkins and French parkour extraordinaire Sebastien Foucan (who is particularly well known for the famous parkour opening scene in 2006's "Casino Royale").

"The Hunger Games" (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games".

This movie basically needs no introduction, but here goes anyway. Based on the phenomenally successful young-adult novel by Suzanne Collins, "The Hunger Games" takes place in a post-apocalyptic nation of Panem where society is divided into 12 districts. An annual televised death match known as "The Hunger Games" in which two random teenagers are selected from each of the 12 districts compete against each other until one remaining survivor is crowned as the victor. Despite being regularly compared to "Battle Royale", "The Hunger Games" became a global sensation at the worldwide box office and made Jennifer Lawrence a superstar. An even more successful sequel, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" followed in 2013. Two more sequels – "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" – will be released in 2014 and 2015.

"The Maze Runner" (2014)

A scene from "The Maze Runner".

Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by James Dashner, "The Maze Runner" is an upcoming young-adult adaptation soon to hit cinemas this 11 September. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, this sci-fi thriller revolves around Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) who wakes up with memory loss and finds himself trapped with a community of 50 other boys in a deadly maze.

Writer: Casey Chong



Related Movies
The Hunger Games (22 Mar 2012)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (21 Nov 2013)
Divergent (20 Mar 2014)
The Maze Runner (11 Sep 2014)


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