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The Divergent Series: Allegiant –Part 1

Lionsgate, Red Wagon Entertainment and Summit Entertainment present a PG-13, 121minute, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, directed by Robert Schwentke, written by Noah Oppenheim and Adam Cooper with a theater release date of March 18, 2016.


Beyond the wall everyone wonders what is there beyond the wall? Evelyn (Naomi Watts) warns that there is nothing but trouble outside their territory otherwise known as Chicago. Her son Four (Theo James) alongside his girlfriend Tris (Shailene Woodley) think otherwise that outside the wall is freedom and a better life. Members that fought with the past leader Jeanine are being put to trial more like executed by Evelyn and her colleagues but even though jailed Caleb (Ansel Elgort) fought against his sister Tris she spares his life by escaping with him, Four, Christina (Zoe Kravitz), Peter (Miles Teller) and Tori (Maggie Q) to climb the wall to the outside world. Some make it and some don’t over the wall but for the ones that do the world they see is green and fruitful that is until they hike further over the ridge. What they find there is death and a bleeding sky but when Edgar (Jonny Weston) appears in pursuit to kill them what the group soon finds while in their run for survival is another world, their future.

At the Bureau of Genetic Welfare run by David (Jeff Daniels) everything looks amazing yet Four and Tris are still cautious that is until David convinces Tris otherwise. You see Tris is Pure and very much needed for their future and the experiment in which they live but for the others like many others at the Bureau they are damaged and used as workers, some intel, some soldiers but all utilized for the same purpose, one pure world. Beyond the Bureau lies the Fringe where outsiders live and the children are taken and used within the Bureau to accomplish a perfect world. Matthew (Bill Skarsgard) who works for David is assisting Tris as David works with her revealing her purity and her purpose so he can present her to the Counsel in Providence and receive their support to continue his work. Four sees through David but when he tries to inform Tris of his possible plan it falls on deaf ears.

Back in Chicago a civil war has broken out between Evelyn and her society and Johanna (Octavia Spencer) who is leader to the Divergent. Johanna and her followers have no intention of joining Evelyn and her ways of running the community in which they live so she fights back in war. David has been watching Chicago and convinces Peter to work with him to take over control of their world beyond the wall so when he arrives there to release a serum he is soon face to face with his friends who plan otherwise. Friends may come and go and become jaded by influential people around them but family will always be family and a home will always be home and not an experiment if everyone just all sticks together.

The film at moments reminded me of the Trump campaign, a big wall, total control, broken promises and lies. I could go on but I probably upset many by that statement already but truly the writing is on the wall, yes the big wall. Speaking of the writing, in this story it is very confusing and in my opinion full of holes and a bit of nonsense. The direction is done well for what he has to work with but the writing throughout and especially in the end gets lost and a bit strange. You can understand the concept and where they were trying to go with it but it just seemed to fall apart in the end. A nice score and some great CGI tend to help the cause here since visually the film is pretty amazing. If not for the cast especially Woodley and James this film would have been worse off than it seems since these two actors help keep this bizarre story line at least moving and intriguing. Teller reverts back to his cliché character personality again and Elgort just kind of drags along that is until the end. I love Spencer but her lines were short and as for Watts she does well but seems to get a bit lost in the strange story line. The other supporting actors all do nice work in keeping this film somewhat interesting as does Daniels but in the end it is the visuals that win here with some cleanup from Woodley and James that make this worth seeing if you are a fan or feel the urge to become pure rather than damaged! And this is only part 1 of 2!

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