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The Divergent Series: Allegiant

This third part of the sage expands the world, but also feels especially dull

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The third book in Veronica Roth’s dystopian young-adult novel series has been divided into two films, and this is the first. And frankly, director Robert Schwentke’s adaptation is so tedious and uninteresting, I hope they abandon the whole venture and just set these actors free. Everybody looks so miserable in this film, pretending to care about … some time in the future where one giant evil conspiracy to keep all the good exciting young people down has been revealed to be an experiment, and is now replaced by another? Our plucky heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley), her boyfriend Four (Theo James) and assorted others escape the ruined city of Chicago and wind up in another super-controlled set-up run by “pures” out in the contaminated desert. But everything isn’t what is seems, and — surprise — it’s up to Tris and her crew to set things right among various warring factions. For completists, and then only if you’re hopeful there will even be a fourth film.


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