The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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So from what I’ve seen it was kind of boring and I did not feel I would pay money to see it again. Personally like most sequels this series has been overly made and doesn’t deserve another movie. While there was a lot of action, there was also a little more drama than expected, but honestly it was pretty boring. I discussed this with others who felt so as well. I would not recommend this movie unless you’re into the series. And I have not seen the series, but from what I heard, I wouldn’t. Thanks.   (James Anderson)

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The Divergent series recently released a new movie, Allegiant. Although this movie had a lot of characteristics to attract young viewers, there were many flaws regarding the characters and storyline. Many viewers loved the first movie, Divergent, because it was very similar to the book. Those who didn’t read the series enjoyed the movie because of the adventure and romance, or the captivating and exciting plot. But in the second movie, Insurgent, many viewers were upset because the movie was virtually nothing like the book. Viewers who did not read the book either liked it, again because of the plot, or were confused by what was going on. I believe that what happened with Insurgent was like Allegiant. Although many viewers liked the film for the constant excitement, there were many references from previous films and books, or just about the somewhat confusing plot that may have gone over viewer’s heads.

Even though there were a lot of flaws to this film, there will still be a lot of viewers who enjoy this movie. Admittedly, even through all of these problem spots with Allegiant, I honestly thought the movie kept my attention the whole time. There were no long periods of time without excitement or romance. This film is primarily targeted to pre-teens and young adults who love a good adventure-and honestly-want to see Four (Tobias), played by Theo James, who is brave in the face of danger and caring to his girlfriend, Tris, portrayed by Shailene Woodley. Many teens adore this couple and their story, so there is no doubt that many people will enjoy this film. If you love romance and somewhat intense scenes, then Allegiant is a film for you. However, if you do not enjoy romance and/or adventure, you will definitely not enjoy this film.

In conclusion, Allegiant is a film with a lot of confusing references and no clear connection to the other two films. Even though Divergent series book lovers may not be thrilled with this new addition to the series, the movie keeps an exciting tone and makes viewers want to relate to the characters. If you love romance, adventure, Shailene Woodley, and Theo James, then Allegiant is a film worth seeing! (Jennifer Sadler)

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In the movie Allegiant, Tris is faced with a challenge, such challenge, will decide the fate of the settlement. As chaos starts to rot away at the Factions, Tris, Four and a few others escape beyond the wall to discover what truly lies behind it. They walk for miles upon miles of uncharted wasteland until they discover a “camo” wall and are saved by a patrol. Then they have to find out how to save their home. My opinion on the matter is that the film is a little boring at particular moments. It is not really an “on the edge of your seat” film for me and I didn’t read the book, so I did not know what happens. As for action, yeah it has great action scenes. Also I felt slightly lost at moments. It was a little all over the place. Special effects are really good though. This film is for fans of this series and those who like action, but not for people who don’t like action or a slight story. (Payton Sims)

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The Divergent series has been one of the most popular and inspirational series throughout the young adult population for several years. The series consists of Divergent, the first book/film in the series, Insurgent, the second book/film, and Allegiant the final and third book/film in the series by Veronica Roth. Recently, director, Robert Schwentke released the film Allegiant. Although the film emphasized many characteristics through the main character, Tris, (portrayed by actress Shailene Woodley) that many young adults aspire to attain, Allegiant lacked many vital movie components, such as character development, a thoroughly explained plot, for the film had various plots that did not manage to tie into each other, making the film very confusing, and clear determination in aspects of character, setting, plot, costume, etc. With these unfortunate misinterpretations, the film, I found, was unenjoyable.

Aside from the errors Allegiant presented, the film also did not follow the book. Being an individual that viewed both the film and the books, Allegiant created an altered version of the book, but was not able to provide the same essence. As it is known, many films based on books/texts alter the overall story to add elements of a movie, but what Robert Schwentke was not able to do was take those elements and use them effectively. Not only did the film, Allegiant, adjust the plot and character development of the original book, but was not able to do so effectively, to the point the film was entertaining.

To conclude, the film Allegiant contained several errors in character development, interpretation of the book, a thoroughly explained plot, entertainment, and determination in aspects of character, and setting. Personally, I would not recommend this film. (Katie Gardner)

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Recently I viewed the the upcoming movie Allegiant, and after that I have many thoughts and opinions. One thing that really shocked me was the similarities between this movie and that of the series, The Hunger Games. The traits of the characters in both movies were extremely similar to me, as well as the plot of the movie. (Connor Abate)

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Allegiant is the 3rd instalment in the Divergent series. It falls flat in every category. The acting is bland and robotic, at times it’s even humorous when characters say something so serious with little expression or care. The action is not anything exciting or worth seeing the movie for. The story is far from original (basically The Hunger Games). The only good thing I can really say about this movie is that the character Peter is humorous. It is kinda interesting, but again not worth seeing the movie for. If you only go to see a couple movies at the theatre a year this should not be one of them. If you like or movies like this, I would recommend The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner series. (Worst movie of 2016 so far). Rating: 2.5 out of 10 (Drew Whipple)

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So Tris is one scary girl. She can definitely fight. I would definitely not want to mess with her. I liked Allegiant because I liked all the action and suspense. I liked the whole series, but out of all of them Allegiant was my favorite. I liked the actors and the setting it was overall a good movie. (Jackson Barry)

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RESPONSE TO MR.TT INTERVIEW ON FOX19

He said that he was bored and that he just wasn’t pulled into the story. He also said that he didn’t know who Tris (the main character) is and by this film he didn’t really care. He also said that the movie should stand alone because it doesn’t make the movie entertaining. He said all the things Allegiant didn’t do or have, Daredevil had really really well. And about Daredevil, you would really care about the characters. So my reaction is that he’s right because he briefly explains on why he didn’t like the movie and I think they do that with all of the movies with a series like the first one is good, but it just gets worse by every movie. (Caleb Barnes)

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Ok, first thing first in my opinion Allegiant was a very good movie. I guess that’s because I have read all the books and seen all the previous movies.

Allegiant has great special effects, but is a little too futuristic. Allegiant has a very good storyline and is consistent the whole movie. Allegiant has a dialogue that matches the futuristic theme very well. The characters are played very well. Tris is an independent young girl who tries to finish what her mother started. Four (Tobias) is played as a young man who is always suspicious and it leads him to help people because he was not easily manipulated. Peter is a backstabbing jerk (same as in the books) who will do anything for luxury. These are the characters that are most important in Allegiant and how they are played. Overall, Allegiant is a very good movie and I would see it again. (Dylan Musgrave)

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So Tuesday of last week I went and saw the movie Allegiant. When I watched the movie I was totally and completely lost. No, I wasn’t lost because I didn’t read the book. The movie progressed too fast at beginning and then slowed down. It just seems that the movie was making stuff up right as the action stopped at the beginning.

Even though the movie was targeted to tweens and teens, I HATED IT. It seems that the movie bounces around with reality and the theme on purpose (and that’s a bad thing). At first it seems like break the boundaries then the movie is saying you’re only a good person when you’re perfect. They do this perfect saying by talking about people messing with their genetic makeup to make them smart or strong. But when you did this there would be problems. Like you wouldn’t be nice or you wouldn’t have logic or you would have certain fears. This is starting to sound familiar doesn’t it? Well I don’t want to spoil the whole movie but this part really activated me. Once we got to the end the movie was saying that it’s okay to be imperfect. So cliché I know. It’s like the power Voldemort didn’t know was a mother’s love.

Judging by what I have seen from the Divergent series it just felt dragged down. The first movie was the best because it had a good idea! By continuing it just feels dragged out and boring. You are probably asking by now is there any good in this movie? Well…. Yes the only good thing there was that peter was cracking jokes throughout the movie. He had several good parts like “That was the coolest weirdest shower ever I have ever had.” The only downside to Peter was that he pulled his “I will do whatever to get what Peter wants.” Overall, I recommend seeing the movie, but don’t expect much from it. (Josh Benedict)

 

 

 

 

 

A Youthful Look at ‘World of Tomorrow’

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In the beginning, Emily is 4 years old and a stick person. It is very… very… very funny at the start…and throughout the entire film. The plot of it is that this 4 year old girl named Emily is visited by her third generation of herself… yeah I know… it is weird. Well anyway, when she is visited she is taken into the outernet instead of the internet. This is a place where it is perfectly peaceful and things can change color on command. After that she, the older Emily goes into a funny flashback that involves a relationship with a moon rock, gas pump and alien. This is little Emily’s future. Then after that she says that she has to take a memory from her so she can know what it is. This is a film for people who have a great sense of humor and don’t take things so seriously. In my opinion this is a great film that cheers you up and makes you laugh. You, whoever is reading this and likes the description, should definitely check it out. (Payton Sims)

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World of Tomorrow is a short film about a four year old girl that is exposed to her future by her third generation clone. While watching the short film I realized how lonely, sad, and needy we can be. But would I want to be exposed to my future at age 4? Yes. This is because at that age we wouldn’t remember because our brain was developing a lot at that time and we wouldn’t remember. Our brain would keep that secret to itself. For example, Emily prime is told by Third generation Emily “One day, when you’re old enough, you will be impregnated with a perfect clone of yourself. You will later upload all your memories into this healthy new body. One day, long after that, you will repeat this process all over again. Through this cloning process, Emily, you will hope to live forever.” Emily Prime’s response is, “I had lunch today.” This is an example of why I would want to be told at the same age as Emily Prime. I would be undeveloped enough to remember. I would be happy knowing and not knowing that I know the future. (Joshua Benedict)

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The film World of Tomorrow takes place with a small girl named Emily just being a child, which is being in awe of everything around you and randomly saying nonsense things. Then suddenly a huge mother board with futuristic technology appears. Emily of course randomly starts pushing buttons. Then a woman appears telling Emily she is the 3rd generation clone of her. The clone then tells Emily all sorts of things that are happening in the future, her memories and such. The older Emily tells young Emily that she needs a memory that she has forgotten, attracting that memory from Emily which the she forgets. So the question remains. Would you want to see the future knowing now what lies ahead? The horrors, the wonders, the mysteries, and the surprises. By traveling to the future you would no longer feels the surprises of what life has to bring. But of course Emily is only a toddler who only cares about if there are butterflies in the sky or not. So just think to yourself, would you travel to the future? (Margaret Staples)

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World of Tomorrow is definitely one of my favorite short films. It is an animated short film by Don Hertzfeldt. I also thoroughly enjoyed one of his other films called It’s Such a Beautiful Day. This film is about seeing your own future and a 4 year old girl who was probably not old enough to understand what was going on. I really did enjoy its message and I hope that this director makes more films. (Sophia Johnson)

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The short film, World of Tomorrow, was very confusing. I now have many questions that needs answers. It also makes me wonder something, would I like to know my future before it unfolds? My answer to this question is most likely no. The reason why I would choose no is because if I knew my future, that’s all I would be able to think about. I would also choose no because it won’t matter if I know. By this I mean that I wouldn’t be able to change my fate whether I knew what it actually was. But all questions aside, this was a great short film that really makes you question things in your life. (Conor Abate)

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This was interesting because it didn’t really make sense. I don’t have much to really say. It was just weird. I can’t describe it just didn’t interest me at all so that’s all yeah. (James Anderson)

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World Of Tomorrow is a short film about a girl who meets her past self as a little girl and shows her the future life she will one day live. There are a lot of creative ideas and characters in it. The film has some funny moments but also it can be funny when it is trying to be serious. Overall it’s very entertaining and delivers a good message. The animation isn’t that good, but it’s ok because it’s not supposed to be. I couldn’t say its a must see, but if you like sci-fi and cartoons I would recommend you check it out. (Rating: 7.5) [Drew Whipple]

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Would you want to see your future?

No, I wouldn’t want to ruin my future because if you change one thing in the past your whole future changes. And I could go back to my old life and the whole world could be destroyed. (Caleb Barnes)

#AmeriCAN

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In the short movie #AmeriCAN, there is a family in which the Dad is a police officer and he has two sons; one appears to be 5-8 years old while the other appears to be 14-18 years old. His older son gets upset when his dad will not let him go to his friend, JB’s house/subdivision. While the Dad is on patrol he gets a call about an alcohol store robbery, so he interrogates two people on the side of the street. When he lets them go home, he turns around to see three people watching him. They bolt into an alley while (Dad) pursuits. He then draws his pistol and says, “Stop or I will shoot!” They did not stop, so he (Dad) in response puts a round into his side. A few seconds later, he unloads the clip. He is then yelled at by the locals, but keeps on saying, “This is a police matter!” He then runs over to the suspect to find out it’s his older Son. Then at the end you see people in (#AllLivesMatter) sweatshirts. In my personal opinion, this is more of a commercial because of the end. This is for people who may possibly want to know more about police brutality. (Payton Sims)

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#AmeriCAN is a short film, on YouTube, by Tiny Giant Entertainment. To me, #AmeriCAN was a very depressing and melancholy short film. It carried a very, very strong message throughout it. It was very touching in a special way. By “a special way”, I mean that it was something you started to watch, you grasped it in your head and heart, and you couldn’t let go. This is what happened to me. I will now think of our country differently (in a good way). I very strongly advise you to go watch this short film and really listen. There were a couple of messages throughout this film that I found. One, being to listen and obey your parents and their rules. Also one being to listen to our country’s Policemen, Firemen, Armed Forces men and women and etc. This was probably one of the best short films I have ever seen. So go check it out, and happy viewing!!! (: {Morgan Braun}

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#AmeriCAN is an incredible short film and public service announcement that emphasizes the unfortunate events that have drawn racial lines between America. This piece describes the mental and physical struggles of today’s American society and their position with the police force. #AmeriCAN depicts Jim Mitchell (Joseph Millson), the main character, to have a distinct difference of action between his family life and his job as a patrol officer. During the film the common motif of violence between black males and police officers is shown in a very unique way, having a significant impact on viewers.

To begin with an overall summary of #AmeriCAN, the beginning of the film shows a police officer having an awkward family dinner with his defiant teenage son, which transitions to an argument between Jim and his son Justin Mitchell (Jance Enslin) causing Justin to rush out of the house when his father is called in pursuit. But when Jim has been called to confront black males that assumingly had been to a liquor store illegally, he finds himself chasing after a mysterious group of men. But when he chooses to shoot at an anonymous male, which happens to be his son, Justin. (Kaitlyn Gartner)

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This short film describes the physical and mental struggle of today’s American society and their standing position with police officers. The film’s depiction of what could be a very true story between a police officer’s life at home and his life patrolling the streets is somewhat intense and leaves viewers anxious for what main character Jim Mitchell’s next move will be by trying to keep the city safe as well as make sure his sons Justin and Bryce are as good as they can be.

The film’s purpose is to make others aware of today’s struggle of racial, religious, and other forms of discrimination in society, especially when it comes to crime and other government matters. The writer/director, Nate Parker, thought that this portrayal of police officers on the streets would show a very important message to everyone living in modern society, discriminated or not. Many Americans experience the struggle, or at least notice it going on. Parker wanted everyone to realize this ongoing problem, especially when it comes to police officers cracking down on a case, assuming the worst of someone because of their race, gender, religion, and etc.

At the end of the short film, it shows people of different ages and races wearing hoodies and bandanas with the American flag printed on them over their nose and mouth. As the film goes on, it shows each person pulling off the bandana and the hood off of their heads. (Jennifer Sadler)

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From segregation to police brutality, this film makes it into a story about a cop (Joseph Millson), his son (Jance Enslin), and his son’s black friend (Shyheim Parker). Throughout the film, I was wondering what the twist on the film was going to be until on his shift, the cop in a black neighborhood shoots his own son on purpose. He didn’t know it was his son. After watching the ending of #AmeriCAN, you get a feeling that you are related to this story, because you know that this has been happening all across America. The goal of the short film was to unite everyone no matter of gender, color, or religion, this was made to be a message. #AmeriCAN is a short film by Nate Parker that emphasizes the problems that America is currently having. (Josh Benedict)

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#AmeriCAN is a short film that grasps the subject that All Lives Matter. Not just white lives, not just black lives, but all lives do matter. The main character thinks that he shot a thug on the street, but it really turned out being his own son. The acting was not the best in the world, but it was pretty impressive considering it being a short film. But the story is not what makes this film great. The best part of the film is definitely the end when there were lots of people of different ethnicities and backgrounds with red white and blue American flags on their face, one of which was on a bike. This was all shot in black and white. Although this could be interpreted in many ways, I thought that it meant that all people are the same, which is what this is about in my opinion. (Sophia Johnson)

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I think #AmeriCAN was fantastic short film! It clearly represents the image of police brutality in today’s society. However, because of this, it might be a very controversial topic on whether or not it was an appropriate film to make. But in my opinion I think it was a great and “appropriate” representation of what occurs so often in our country. While the message was good, I didn’t think some parts of the film were necessary. For example, I don’t think the discussion between father and son was necessary, nor was the shots of the son’s text messages. But overall the message of the film was great. (Connor Abate)

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#AmeriCAN is a short film showing that cops should not pull out a gun so quick and that all lives matter. The message it’s trying to send it good but most of the time you know what is going to happen next as it goes on and has little excitement. The actors did just ok, the dad really being the only memorable character and decent actor in the film. It could have been better, but if you like short films give it a watch and see what you think. Rating: 5.5 (Drew Whipple)

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This short film is about a father who is also a cop and sadly racist. He (the father) goes out and bothers/harasses African Americans. When he sees other teens running around in an alley, the father ends up shooting one of them even though he has absolutely no reason to. The person he shot though ends up being his son. The message for this film is “All lives matter” which is trying to pull people together from both sides of the disparity and inspire the kind of empathy and mutual understanding needed to stop racism and violence. (Dylan Boehme)

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At the beginning there’s a family and they seem to be having some issues.  It starts really weird there’s no credits and it just goes straight to them eating and arguing. And the teen is the main problem. Anyway, as it progresses, the dad doesn’t seem to trust him. Well the dad’s a cop just to put that in there. He has the night shift and when he gets a call about a robbed liquor store, he starts looking for anyone suspicious. So he’s driving around and finds these black people and questions them and then sees three people off in the distance. They see him and start to run. He finally catches up and shoots one of them * spoiler alert he shoots his son * and so yea sad ending. (James Anderson)

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The dad made a horrible decision like some of the police brutality that is happening today unfortunately he was racist and immediately the first African-American people he saw he started to harass them because of their color. They were not doing anything wrong and he started to try and arrest one man when another asked him why he was doing that and was just overall using unnecessary roughness. Then the officer saw some teenagers and chased them after they ran, then they ran into an alley and he for no reason shot one of the boys. People were coming out yelling at him for shooting the kid when his son’s friend saw him and looked at the body in horror the dad immediately turned the dead boy over and saw it was his son he began to sob and cry for help, but in all reality it was his racism that killed the boy. This is a sad message that says to stop police brutality before someone you love gets hurt, even as a 12 year old boy. I know if we don’t stop this racist police brutality our country’s streets will be overrun with people tired of it and we could potentially lose hundreds maybe even thousands of lives just because one officer is racist and makes poor judgment calls. (Dylan Musgrave)

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At the beginning, I thought it was some kind of superhero film, but it just got really dark because the father and the son get in a fight because the son wants to go hang out with his friends and his dad won’t let him and then they hug it out and then the dad goes on patrol because he’s a cop and when he’s on patrol he sees three kids running and chases after them and he finally shoots one and he looks who it is and it’s his son. It was really sad, but it was good I didn’t really like it though. I don’t know why I just didn’t. (Caleb Barnes)