Allegiant (2016)

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Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Q, Bill Skarsgard, Jonny Weston

Plot: After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them (IMDB.com).

Rating: 7/10

Overall: Honestly, I don’t remember much of Insurgent. I thought that film was horrible. But Allegiant was really interesting! Now, I haven’t read the books, but I watched the behind the scenes feature they had and production explained that the core of the film was based around the novel, but that the actual film evolved to something much more. I think they did a pretty good job. I think there were still some characters that just didn’t feel like they were truly showcased. For example, Edgar (Weston). He seemed to play the right hand of Evelyn (Watts), yet the whole film seemed to be circled around the competition between Four (James) and him, rather than the core of his relationship with Evelyn. Maybe that’s just me, but I would’ve much rather seen that than the fight scenes between him and Four. Also, they briefly brought in Four’s dad for a scene with his mom, Evelyn. That scene was so WEAK. It was so painful to watch because it was so poorly executed! There was no real storyline (other than the bits and pieces from the previous films – mind you, again, I haven’t read the books) to it, so it gave absolutely no substance behind the anger Evelyn carries for the father. You obviously know that Four was beaten by his father and that Evelyn left (or how she worded it: was pushed out of her faction), and that’s it. Four seems to have an estranged relationship with both, which you would think would make all the more sense to just omit both relationships from the film altogether.

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