Release Date: 2016

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action Adventure.

Rating: PG-13 (violence, partial nudity)

IMHO, I give this film a shrug.

The Divergent series is based on a young adult, New York Times best-seller, three books series by Veronica Roth. The last was split in two for the movies. If you are already a fan, then it will be for you. I like science fiction & fantasy, but it has to be really good or I shrug.

One can be oh, so much more forgiving with a comedy, or a satire, but in this genre, it has to be totally believable.

Lionsgate and German director Robert Schwentke, Tattoo, Flightplan and Red, are behind the movie. The main actors/characters are Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, Theo James as Four, Miles Teller as Peter, Jeff Daniels as David, Octavia Spencer as Johanna, and Naomi Watts as Evelyn.

What is the story?

After Insurgent, Tris and Four lead a small group to scale the wall surrounding Chicago and find what lies beyond.

The scaling is a cool scene, a stunt reminding me of a Cirque du Soleil acrobatics. If the apocalyptic ruins of Chicago weren’t enough, though, beyond lies a nightmarish land etched with acid and radiation, with red blood-like rain falling from the sky.

Eventually, the group is saved by some advanced people who decontaminate them and bring them to a green city. Although it’s not in ruins like Chicago, and very advanced in science, it has a feel of a prison.

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The friends are given specific tasks according to their genetic make-up.

Tris is found to be the purest and is allowed more access to the city by David. But she soon discovers, they all do, that David and his minions cannot be trusted. Escaping back to Chicago, a battle for humanity’s survival ensues.

Bottom Line

There are themes of courage, of allegiance, of love and sacrifice. This third movie in the series profited from better direction, editing and acting and improved on the first two.

Let’s hope the final fourth is the best!

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