WRITTEN BY: Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback
DIRECTED BY: Robert Schwentke
STARRING: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts
RATING: 4 stars

Now that Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a divergent, and therefore does not fit into any faction created to harmonise society in this post-apocalyptic world, she and her boyfriend Four (Theo James) are on the run from the villainous Jeanine (Kate Winslet) who wants to use Tris to open a mysterious box that could hold the answer to the future of civilisation.

The sequel picks up right where the original film finished and the action is immediate. There is a cat and mouse element, as well as the developing love story between the protagonists. But the most fascinating aspect of the story remains the idea that a form of peace can be created by dividing people into factions based on their personalities. The sequel delves further into the various factions and how they work, which is interesting. The use of 3D is also a very good addition to the action sequences.

Woodley and James maintain their chemistry and have a sweet love scene this time, which is handled well for young audiences. Miles Teller returns as bad boy Peter and he is fantastic, providing the vital laughs in between all the doom and gloom. The film is again elevated by the presence of the incomparable Winslet, while Naomi Watts, Daniel Dae Kim and Octavia Spencer provide an additional boost for the sequel in some pivotal roles. Ansel Elgort is also back as Tris' wimpy brother, while Jai Courtney returns as the leader of the Dauntless army trying to catch Tris and Four. Both give convincing performances.

There are some interesting changes made from Veronica Roth's book for the film, including a few characters being cut out and a couple of plot tweaks, but it does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the film. Die hard fans should not be too disappointed. However, it does leave the adaptation of the third book quite open and there will likely be some surprises in the next two instalments of the franchise. I cannot wait to see what the film makers do with the adaptation of Allegiant.