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• Divergent Series: Allegiant Review •

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As with other young-adult novel adaptations The Hunger Games and Twilight, the concluding part of the Divergent series has been split into two movies. The first of which; Allegient, is directed by Robert Schwentke.  

 

With Chicago becoming increasingly hostile with public executions, Tris (Shailene Woodley) escapes with Four (Theo James), Tori (Maggie Q), Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and antagonist Peter (Miles Teller). With Kate Winslet's Jeanine dethroned, the city is now run by Evelyn (Naomi Watts), a former guerrilla leader. Octavia Spencer also reprises her role as Johanna Reyes.

 

On the other side of the wall, the post-apocalyptic wasteland looks like somebody put a Quality Street wrapper over the lens of a 1960s Star Trek episode or retro 1990s videogame. A far cry from the likes of Mad Max.

 

After a dull action sequence, they meet the Bureau of Genetic Welfare leader David (Jeff Daniels), who, through endless exposition, explains that he's is trying to breed pure people like Tris.

 

Divergent and Insurgent, while not perfect, both featured enough compelling scenes to hold the audiences interest. This threequel however feels like it's mostly treading water until Ascendant, which is due for release in 2017.

 

Of course, if you're a huge fan of the series it's worth sticking with it for hopes of a more satisfying conclusion. But taken in isolation, Allegiant is rather dull, muddled and largely pointless. Ironically, the story not only features amnesia gas, but often has the same effect.

 

Extras include an audio commentary with the producers and several featurettes focusing on adapting the book, battle in the Bullfrog, effects and technology, characters in conflict, the next chapter and building the bureau.

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By Sarah O'Connell on 11th July 2016

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