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Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Keiynan Lonsdale, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Bill Skarsgard, Jonny Weston, Nadia Hilker, Andy Bean, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Joseph David-Jones, Ashley Judd

Director: Robert Schwentke

Shailene Woodley returns again to lead Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q and Ansel Egort in their continuing fight for freedom inside post Apocalyptic Chicago and in the toxic wasteland that is The Fringe for the third bite at the highly profitable cherry that is the series based on novelist Veronica Roth’s bestselling science fiction trilogy.

If, like me, you find that rather too much of the time Allegiant seems to be marking time rather than going where no Divergent has gone before, that’s because Hollywood never knowingly maims a cash cow, and so writers Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and Stephen Chbosky deliver a scant screenplay that halves the final book in the trilogy and leaves the way open for one more movie.

Let’s hope the finale has more to offer than this rather underwhelming episode.

Woodley and Co. are adequate without being memorable; it’s possible you might not notice Naomi Watts, while Miles Teller‘s competently clichéd character is light-years away from his milestone performance in Whiplash.

Alan Frank

USA 2016. UK Distributor: entertainmentOne. Colour.
115 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 12.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 1, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 09 Jul 2016

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