It's all about halves in this second installment of the popular YA sci-fi franchise. The first half of the story drags, as heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley) is shuttled from crisis to crisis in a walled dystopian city ruled by the evil Jeanine (Kate Winslet). Events take on more velocity and significance in the second half, especially during an run of dazzling virtual-reality set pieces. The film can also be halved into its action scenes, which are adequate, and its more textured moral dilemmas, staged in those cool VR sequences. Twisty revelations at the end suggest we'll finally get outside those city walls, and see how the other half lives.
Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman
Producer: Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher and Pouya Shahbazian
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer and Ray Stevenson
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