The Divergent Series: Allegiant

I have concluded that the world of young-adult fiction follows a mind-numbing adherence to pursuing projects rooted in the tried and true, the overly familiar and the safest, least risk-averse course available.

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'The Divergent Series: Allegiant'

I have concluded that the world of young-adult fiction follows a mind-numbing adherence to pursuing projects rooted in the tried and true, the overly familiar and the safest, least risk-averse course available — much like the Hollywood studio system. Which means, in the case of The Divergent Series and in particular this latest adaptation, audiences will be able to sit back as Tris (Shailene Woodley), the female heroine, leads her rebellion against the dystopian system (think The Hunger Games) and discovers shocking realities (a virtual Matrix minus the violence and philosophical subtext). Ultimately, Allegiant comes across as little more than a Frankenstein’s monster of a narrative with no spark of life of its own, but the question seems to be whether or not anyone cares. (Opens wide Friday) (PG-13) Not screened in time for review

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