In this third film of the post-apocalyptic Divergent Series, Faction leader, Evelyn (Naomi Watts) is at war with the former Amity leader Joanne (Octavia Spencer)..
During the uproar, Tris (Shailene Woodley) , Four (Theo James) and their small group use the opportunity to make a run for the huge wall that surrounds their devastated Chicago. Zoe Kravitz and Maggie Q return in smaller roles and Ansel Elgort as Tris' brother Caleb and Miles Teller as the irritating comic relief are also along for the ride.
Hoping to find a green and vibrant land on the other side, instead they are picked up by vehicles that deliver them to a futuristic-looking structure that is home to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, headed by "David", a suited, sober man played by Jeff Daniels. The group are given jobs to do in the floating laboratory, all except for Tris, David takes special interest in her genetic purity and separates her from her friends, and more importantly, from Four.
She blindly follows David for a while, but when she comes to her senses, she realizes they have to fight against not only the dysfunctional community they escaped from, but also the shady group that is trying to take over that community.
There's a lot of CGI used and some of it works, like the scaling of the wall and a few of the fight scenes, but others don't, i.e., large bubbles that surround Tris and her friends and move them from one place to another and the futuristic building floating mid-air.
There's also no real emotion coming from any of the actors, especially Woodsley, who looks wide eyed and surprised most of the time. Also, Tris accepting everything that David tells her without question - another persuasive, phony leader telling her what she wants to hear - just doesn't ring true.