'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

'Divergent' is a Good Movie Without a Point

Review of "Divergent"
Relax Beatrice (Shailene Woodley) it’s only a dream.
(Summit Entertainment)
What is it with teens and dystopian thrillers? They are depressing, full of teen angst and the storylines are obsessed with death. But the books have been huge hits so therefore movies must be made.

When viewing Divergent, it is easy to compare it to The Hunger Games. The two deal with class and are both pretty violent. However, the premise of Divergent is more intriguing. The story is set in a future version of Chicago where buildings and skyscrapers are in shambles. This society has been broken up into five factions that are based on human virtues. In our real world, every person has a little bit of every virtue in them, but in future Chicago, people are assumed to fit in one faction only.

The five factions are:
  • Abnegation - Selfless people who wear grey clothing, never look too long in the mirror and are the ones that run the government.
  • Amity - People who are lovey-dovey and would rather pretend that everything is peachy keen instead of feeling anger
  • Dauntless – Crazy, but brave people willing to take chances and they are the ones who serve as the society's police.
  • Candor – They are people who always tell the truth, but are not necessarily kind in the way that they do it. They wear black and white and see life that way too.
  • Erudites – These people are the super-smart ones and tend to conflict with the Abnegation people.
Those who don't “fit in” within any of the five factions are either considered Factionless (basically homeless people) or Divergent (people who can think independently and therefore are considered a threat).


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