In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.
As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. Written by
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Shailene Woodley is one of my favourite young actresses. Ever since she did that dramatic 'crying-underwater' scene in "The Descendents" she's been someone to watch. And, while it was another "Hunger Games" wannabe "Divergent" was a good story, well acted and with good visual effects.
Unfortunately the series has progressively gone downhill: "Insurgent" was poor but coherent; and now "Allegiant" is both poor and mind-numbing.
After the revelations at the end of "Insurgent" Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Christina (Zoë Kravitz), Peter (Miles Teller), Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and Tori (Maggie Q) defy Chicago leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts) and make a dash for escape beyond the Chicago walls to find those living beyond in the alleged wilderness. There they meet 'Pure' leader David (the ever-busy Jeff Daniels) and his acolytes. According to David, Tris is key to the world's recovery. But can he be trusted? It is telling that every screenwriter in this series has been different, and this time Noah Oppenheim (from the similar "Maze Runner") with Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (from "Exodus: God and Kings") have the pen, but do little positive with it. Much of the dialogue clunks onto the ground much like the leaden transports featured in the film. And some of the plot points are obvious beyond belief. No real spoilers here, but when one of the lead characters gets shot it was so blindingly obvious that it was about to happen that I audibly groaned with disbelief that the writers had so little respect for the audience.
As another example of bone-headed writing a nerve gas used in the film is so much heavier than air that it sits on the floor for minutes at a time. How will they ever escape in Chicago? (Erm climb up to a second floor perhaps?). Presumably everyone was OK since they only got a small dose so were just 'a bit' brain damaged? (More Trump voters ready for action).
The special effects are pretty ropey in places. Some of the green screen work (an early shot with Miles Teller in particular) is really poor. Just about nothing looks real.
The director is Robert Schwentke ("Insurgent"; "Flightplan"; "The Time Traveller's Wife") but this doesn't extend his reputation (apart from presumably with the studios, since poor as it is it'll no doubt still attract an audience).
Shailene Woodley does herself credit with the material she has and has chemistry with the hunk of the piece, Oxford-born Theo James. But she is far better than this stuff. Unfortunately, this series doesn't end as a trilogy: she will be back again as Tris is "Ascendent" in 2017. But before then she has a starring role in Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden biopic, so hopefully can prove herself there.
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