DIRECTOR: Robert Schwentke
Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Veronica Roth
CAST: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Bill Skarsgård
RUNNING TIME: 121 Min
RATED: PG-13 (Violence)
SPECIAL FEATURES: 6 Featurettes; Audio Commentary with Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher
AVAILABLE ON Blu-Ray: July 12
The third installment of the Divergent series. Hold your horses, there’s still one more left. Tris (Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars ) and Four (Theo James, Underworld: Awakening) are leading a team consisting of Caleb (Ansel Elgort, Carrie reboot), Christina (Zoë Kravitz, Mad Max: Fury Road ), Tori (Maggie Q, Nikita), and Peter (Miles Teller, Fantastic Four reboot) over the city wall to see what mysteries lurk beyond Chicago. There they are rescued by members of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare lead by David (Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom). They are all given positions based on their genetic purity and of course Tris is truly pure. Caleb is given the position to watch the goings on in Chicago and discovers that Four’s mother Evelyn (Naomi Watts, Funny Games ) and her Allegient are waging a war against Johanna (Octavia Spencer, The Help ) and her collected Factionless. Tris and Four discover that their new home has a dark past and they must stop the factions from destroying everyone in Chicago.
The Good: The CG effects are good and there’s some decent action. Bill Skarsgård is easy on the eyes.
The Bad: It’s redundant. It’s the same plot as the other two films, with the original being the best of the three because at least that one was (sort of) original. I don’t get how these tweeny books get made into film and they think they can sucker the public into seeing 3+ films of the same damn story but calling them by a different name. What are you doing? Put your money away! Stay home. There is an overkill of green screen; they might as well had made this an animated film with the amount of visual effects.
The special features are lackluster at best. The commentary with the producers are ass-kissy and dry. I would advise a pass on purchasing this Blu-Ray. At least now with the poor reception from this film, the studios wised up and are releasing the 4th film straight to TV. Why waste any more money on this sinking ship?
TOTAL RATING: C+
REVIEWED BY: JM Willis