Monday, July 18, 2016


After learning their entire civilization is nothing more than a science experiment, first-half of the final book in the Divergent series follows Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Christina (Zoƫ Kravitz), and Peter (Miles Teller) over the wall, through the desolate wasteland and into an advanced city run by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare (which, you guessed it, turns out to be as equally corrupt as the society they fashioned in an attempt undo centuries of genetic manipulation).

Allegiant follows the same predicable patterns of the first two films, including a major supporting character's death early on, before uniting the faction-less Chicago (which has broken into mob rule since learning the truth about the outside world) under a common purpose for next year's series finale. While finally offering a reason for the bizarre society of single-characteristic factions, Allegiant still doesn't make the premise any easier to swallow. Jeff Daniels (who I'm assuming must have a daughter who likes these books) is slumming it here as the leader of the genetic zealots behind the curtain.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include a digital copy of the movie, commentary by producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, and featurettes on adapting the book to screen, the core characters, and the sets and effects of the movie.

[Lionsgate Home Entertainment, DVD $29.95 / Blu-ray $39.99]

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