IGN: I quite enjoyed the first two-thirds of Divergent. At its best it was the type of high school movie—where characters worry about tests, try to make new friends, and navigate lunch table politics and crushes, all while trying to figure out what they’re good at—that doesn’t get made anymore. Now movie teenagers are always tasked with saving the world. And in the last third of Divergent that’s exactly what Beatrice (Shailene Woodley) began doing.
All that world-building explanation in Divergent—about how the remaining society formed camps of production to keep that society going, and how members found their way to each camp by passing virtual reality tests—just went out the window. These days, you can set up a world for only so long before that world has to be saved because there’s a wall that encloses people and the military is trigger-happy.