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The Divergent Series: Allegiant
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08.16.2016 By: Lauren Bradshaw
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Director:
Robert Schwentke

Actors:
Shailene Woodley
Theo James
Jeff Daniels

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Following the revelations of INSURGENT, Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), and other survivors uncover a world outside of the wall surrounding Chicago. Leaving the city limits for the first time, the group discover they have been living in an experiment, led by the duplicitous David (Jeff Daniels). Now it is up to them, with Four at the helm, to expose the project and bring peace.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Yikes, I can't believe how much I disliked ALLEGIANT. I'm not ashamed to admit I generally enjoy movies geared toward the young adult demographic. But as much as it may try, the DIVERGENT series will never escape the shadow of THE HUNGER GAMES. ALLEGIANT, the third film in the series, is so bad I couldn't wait for it to be over. Problems with the film were to be expected ever since the studio announced the last book would be split into two movies. The third book was already the weakest in the franchise, so the fact that it would then be drawn out over two films was an immediate red flag. So, it was no surprise that I was bored and annoyed throughout the entire movie.

ALLEGIANT relies on visual effects to show the world outside of Chicago. Unfortunately, the CGI looks cheesy and made me feel like I was watching a movie the entire time; I was never able to lose myself in what was onscreen. I think that same issue rolled over to the actors, who all looked miserable and ready for the franchise to be over themselves. Not only that, it seems every new movie in the series has the same general theme... things aren't as they seem, an adult is not to be trusted, Tris/Four must save the day. Although ALLEGIANT shakes things up a little with allowing Four to take more of a lead role while Tris is wooed by David, it still feels like you already can plot out the beats of the movie before it even starts.

Based on the film's poor box office and critical reception, the studio decided to cut its losses and make the second half of ALLEGIANT a TV movie, which is probably the worst slap in the face I have seen to a franchise in a long time. Still no word on if the film's stars are guaranteed to be back for this edition. However, based on the fact the series has gotten worse with each new movie, I can guarantee that I will not be holding my breath for a decent final chapter in ASCENDANT.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary: Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher- I'm not even going to pretend like I rewatched the film to listen to the commentary. It was bad enough the first time.

ALLEGIANT: Book to Film- An attempt for the filmmakers to defend splitting the book into two movies. Veronica Roth, who authored the book, gave the director and writers freedom to add some surprises for fans.

Battle in the Bullfrog- Bullfrogs are the transportation ships used in the movie, which is used to stage one of the major fight scenes. The ship was on a gimbal, allowing the filmmakers to move it around at their will. It was interesting to see practical effects vs CGI.

Finding the Future: Effects and Technology- This featurette explores the futuristic technology presented in the film, including weapons and aircraft. As expected, the filmmakers had to go through their own R&D process before putting them in the final cut of the movie.

Characters in Conflict- An overview of the characters/actors in the film with interviews from the cast and crew. Same old EPK-type stuff.

The Next Chapter: Cast and Characters- As opposed to the previous featurette, this one is more about the close relationships and chemistry between members of the cast, and the cast bonding with the crew.

Building the Bureau- A look at the way "the Bureau" was supposed to be made out of O'Hare airport. The filmmakers discuss the time it took for them to design the look of the building based off of the current O'Hare infrastructure.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Die-hard fans of the franchise may find this more enjoyable than me, though I am skeptical. However, the Blu-ray does have some interesting featurettes that potentially will hold fans over until ASCENDANT comes to our television screens.
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