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The Divergent Series: Allegiant-Part 1

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“The Divergent Series: Allegiant-Part 1”, from the best-selling Divergent series, marks the third film out of the planned four.  When we left our heroes, they had just taken-down Jeanine and discovered that it is safe to leave the walls.  As the people of Chicago attempt to leave, they are quickly subdued and are told they are not allowed to leave.  As executions of Jeanine’s conspirators begin, Tris must choose between loyalty and family.  Chicago is quickly falling apart, so Four, Tris, and a few others decide to leave the city.  While on the run, they encounter a group of humans who may be key, to not only their survival, but the survival of Chicago.  The rest of the film follows Tris’ troubles as she must make the ultimate choice.

The beautiful Shailene Woodley returns as the divergent heroine beloved around the World, Tris Prior.  Theo James returns as Tris’ love interest, Four Eaton.  Naomi Watts returns as Four’s mother and new-leader of Chicago, Evelyn Eaton.  Octavia Spencer plays the leader of the common people, Johanna.  Newcomer Jeff Daniels plays the leader of the human race, David.  Zoe Kravitz returns as Tris’ friend, Christina.  Ansel Elgort reprises his role as Tris’ traitorous brother, Caleb.  Miles Teller returns as the wise-cracking friend, Peter.  Keiynan Lonsdale is back as fellow divergent, Uriah.  Daniel Dae Kim returns as truth-teller Jack Kang.  Maggie Q is back as Tori.  Bill Skarsgård plays David’s right-hand man, Matthew.  Mekhi Pfeifer returns as Max.  Ray Stevenson plats Four’s father, Marcus.

“Allegiant-Part 1” marks the third entry in the The Divergent Series and, while I have not enjoyed any of the films so-far, this is definitely the most useless entry yet!  The returning cast features plenty of familiar faces.  While newcomer Daniels tries to add menace and deception to his role, it ultimately fails due to the laughable dialogue and story choices.  “The Divergent Series: Allegiant-Part 1” picks up right where “Insurgent” left-off; the city of Chicago is now in the hands of Evelyn and she is beginning to make poor choices.   The incidents that follow are predictable and the story moves painfully slow.  Once they finally get the plot moving, the film is filled with so many clichés that it is hard to keep interested.  Luckily, there is at least some cool tech introduced (although one looks extremely similar to The Bat in “The Dark Knight Rises”).  The film’s main problem is solved incredibly easily and it leaves you feeling like you just sat through a waste of time.  While the core cast share chemistry, their acting is obviously sub-par.  Honestly, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” is a giant filler movie that does a poor job in the first half, failing to entice you and make you care about the story.  It’s clear that this movie is designed for the fans of the previous movies and the book series, but to say that the general audience will be entertained is a stretch.  In a day and age when there are so many choices, it’s best to choose something else.  “The Divergent Series: Allegiant-Part 1” has run time of 121 minutes and continually drags-on during the first half of the film.  Fans of the series may be entertained, but everybody else should just avoid it!

“The Divergent Series: Allegiant-Part 1” follows the heroes as they attempt to not only save themselves, but all of Chicago.  The film features so very poor writing, a slow-moving plot, and a few entertaining action sequences.  If you are a fan of the series, then you don’t care about my review.  But if you are a general moviegoer and are heading to the movies this weekend, make sure you see something else!

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT-PART 1 is rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity, in-theaters Friday!

 

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