The third story in the series of Veronica Roth’s Novels (‘Divergent’, ‘Insurgent’, and ‘Allegiant’) brings you a new adventure outside the walls of Chicago. The story begins to expand outside of this small world that was described in the first two books.
Now that the factions are no more, Evelyn (Naomi Watts) and Johanna (Octavia Spencer) are in charge with deciding what to do with the prisoners left behind. Should they be executed or forgiven for their sins. Evelyn and Johanna do not agree with the possible outcome or what to do going forward as a people. Caleb is among those being held as a criminal, while Tris and Four are trying to find a way to get him out.
The walls remain closed preventing anyone to go past them. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are against Evelyn’s decision to keep the city fortified and fear that the answers they are searching for might just be lost. Looking for a way to change Evelyn’s mind Four is desperate to make things right in the new society. Tris will do anything to find a way to go beyond the city barriers to see who or what is out there.
Finally the decision is made; Four and Tris must make their move to go over the wall as violence begins all over the city. Along with Christina (Zoë Kravitz), Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Peter (Miles Teller), and Tori (Maggie Q) they begin their adventure beyond their enclosures. They all have a new adventure in store for them to finally discover what they all have been wondering. What is outside the walls of Chicago and what new dangers they must face?
Director Robert Schwentke expands on the story by showing what is really out there. He brings great details, special effects, and storyline to express these new discoveries. Since the story does begin to expand into a larger scale it tends to drag a bit, but explains the necessary insights into this different world. An excellent performance by all the cast members, but the storyline expressed too much information to try and establish the true meaning to the series. Still a great film to go see, especially if you were planning on seeing all the films anyway.
Final Grade: I give this a B- for its well-placed storyline and futuristic special effects.
Release Date: March 18, 2016
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller.
Director: Robert Schwentke
Writers: Noah Oppenheim (screenplay), Adam Cooper (screenplay), Bill Collage (screenplay), and Veronica Roth (novel).
Runtime: 121 minutes (2 hours and 1 minute)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity.
Genres: Action, Adventure, and Sci-Fi
Production Company: Lionsgate, Red Wagon Entertainment, and Summit Entertainment