The Divergent Series: Allegiant
If you’re completely new to The Divergent Series, look away now – there are several spoilers ahead.
In a society where people are divided into different factions based on their virtues, the “Divergents” are those who do not fit into any one group and are targeted for destruction.
After toppling the tyrannical Jeanine, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) make the decision to go beyond the city walls, discovering the Bureau of Genetic Welfare in the process, from which they learn everything going on inside the city is just a social experiment in genetics.
Unsure of who to trust, Tris, Four and their friends find themselves with difficult choices to make about where their allegiance lies and what sacrifices need to be made.
Allegiant is the final instalment in the trilogy of novels, but its big screen counterpart has been split into two films, which is annoying, but par for the course with young adult movies these days – we have Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games to thank for that.
Invariably, this leads to a distinct sense of padding, with some scenes unnecessarily extended, while others are thrown in for no clear reason. Still, if Divergent is your kind of dystopia, you’ll have to wait a whole year until you find out what happens to Tris and the gang.
Based on a 2008 French cult horror film of the same name, Martyrs tells the story of Lucie (Troian Bellisario), who managed to escape from the family that was subjecting her to torture when she was 10 years old. As a grown woman, she is still plagued by demons and nightmares and resolves to track down those who were responsible for her pain. Finding her one-time captors, Lucie discovers a secret society with a grisly agenda. Not one for the faint of heart or stomach, Martyrs serves up your fairly standard torture fare, popularised by the likes of the Saw franchise.
The Other Side of the Door
Attempting to reach her deceased son for a final goodbye, distraught mother Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies) visits an abandoned temple, where one of the doors acts as a portal between worlds. Opening it, Maria unwittingly disrupts the balance between the land of the living and the dead and suffers the supernatural consequences. Setting the action in India is a novel idea, providing some good local colour and a respite from the US-centric films of Hollywood. While the scares are solid, The Other Side of the Door brings nothing new to the horror genre. This doesn’t necessarily make it a bad movie, though.
Preview: All Roads Lead to Rome
As she attempts to rekindle relations with her estranged teenage daughter, Summer (Rosie Day), Maggie (Sarah Jessica Parker) takes a trip to Italy, where she runs into former lover Luca (Raoul Bova), who is still a bachelor living with his elderly mother, Carmen (Claudia Cardinale). After Summer steals Luca’s car and drives to Rome, Maggie and Luca head off in pursuit, giving them the chance to catch up as feelings start to blossom once more.
Bollywatch: Ki and Ka
Providing a humorous take on the traditional gender roles in Indian society, Ki and Ka follows the young married couple of Kia (Kareena Kapoor), a high-flying businesswoman, and househusband Kabir (Arjun Kapoor), as they challenge outdated conventions. Audiences are sure to be given their fair share of surprises when the film is released in Oman later this month.