Coming to theaters this Friday from director Robert Schwentke and Summit Entertainment comes the beginning of the battle to come with “Allegiant.”

Now that the secrets of Chicago are out Tris (Shailene Woodley) wants to go beyond the wall even more than she ever did. Evelyn (Naomi Watts) has begun inciting mayhem in the people against the wishes of another member of the new leadership Johanna (Octavia Spencer).

Four (Theo James) isn’t happy with what Evelyn is doing and decides to join Tris along with Tori (Maggie Q) and Christina (Zoe Kravitz) in jumping the wall. Before they leave, Caleb (Ansel Elgort) is freed and before they can get out of the city Peter (Miles Teller) joins.

Once away, they quickly are picked up another group that takes them to David (Jeff Daniels). There Tris is told she is more important than ever before in helping the people of Chicago and it watched over by Matthew (Bill Skårsgard). David tells Tris about the experiment and even the history of where her mother came from.

Four doesn’t trust anything he sees and they are all soon to discover that Janine wasn’t the word of their problems. Jumping into soldiering quickly, there is so much more going as Four and Christina know they must reach Tris with the information.

Tris is once again learning that absolutely power corrupts absolutely as the people of Chicago are once again in danger and there is little time to stop it!

Woodley as Tris has once again taken this role and given it empowerment and strength but also mixed with that is the sadness of everything she has experienced. Knowing that is something more out in the world doesn’t mean it’s always a good thing as Tris discovers. Woodley has grown into the character so much that I can almost predict her reactions now, especially when she’s thinking things through.

James as Four has become quite the heart throb for “Divergent” fans. His smoldering looks and suspicious nature, he has hero written all over him. It is clear that Four isn’t going to fall into another mess with his mother, with the fanatical survivors of Chicago or David. There is nothing damaged about this character in the slightest!

Watts as Evelyn is another Janine in so many ways and perhaps even more destructive ways. What is it about power in this city that just makes people a little crazy!? Kravitz as Christina is supportive as always and has whose ever back needs her.

Elgort as Caleb is in hot water most of the film. Tris isn’t happy about her brothers behavior as keeps a distance between them, but when push comes to shove it is always family that will step in. Skårsgard as Matthew is relatively quiet, very observant and has a story of his own to tell you. That, my friends, is called not spoiling the film.

Daniels as David gets the opportunity to test his bad guy wings in the film. He is charming, charismatic and looks good in a suit. Working on Tris’ heart strings regarding her mother, he wants something from her that I’m still not quite sure is truthful. We will have to wait and see in Part 2.

Teller as Peter – gawd I just want someone to take him in a back alley and beat the crap out of him. That’s how you know Teller is doing a good job! I saw people yelling and hissing at the screen when Teller came on which at first made my jaw drop but then I had to laugh. That’s the sign of a good job when Teller hasn’t said a word yet and the audience is responding. Well done Teller!

Other cast include: Daniel Dae Kim as Jack Kang, Jonny Weston as Edgar, Nadia Hilker as Nita and Andy Bean as Romit.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Allegiant” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Once again the “finale” of the film is broken into two parts (yes, that sound you heard was a loud-eye-rolling-growling-sigh) and yes I’ll see the second part only because I have scores to settle with some of the characters.

The story is pretty straight forward with a few minor surprises but I think telling us just enough to work up to all answers being revealed in part two. That are a lot of lulls, more than I would have cared to feel quite honestly. The special effects were fairly cool but honestly it is what I would expect from the continuation of the story and that’s about it.

In the end — break the boundaries of your world!



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