‘Allegiant’ Trailer: Shailene Woodley Looks for Wonder Beyond the Wall

     January 22, 2016

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Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have released a new trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant. Directed by Robert Schwentke (Red) and based on the third and final novel of the hit Divergent trilogy by Veronica RothAllegiant follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as they venture beyond the walls surrounding their dystopian post-apocalyptic Chicago for the first time. There, they discover shocking truths and revaltions that put the fate of humanity on the line. Detouring the from the source material a bit by following a recent trend in YA filmmaking, Allegiant will be followed up by a fourth installment titled The Divergent Series: Ascendant, which will conclude the sci-fi series in 2017.

Watch the new Allegiant trailer below. The film also stars Ansel ElgortJeff Daniels, Octavia SpencerMiles Teller, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim and Naomi WattsThe Divergent Series: Allegiant opens March 18, 2016.


 

While I’d love to see The Divergent Series course correct with Allegiant — the books were fine fun — there’s not a lot here to inspire optimism. There’s something about the Divergent movies that are so blatantly trope-y, and trying to crib a sense of wonder off Jonsi only amplifies that reductive quality. The teals and oranges, the generic wasteland, the high-contrast light-lined wall installations and vaugely technical floating towers, and so much almost-kissing. It all seems a bit of a boilerplate effort.

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Image via Summit Entertainment.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Divergent Series: Allegiant:

The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.

 


 

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

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