The Divergent Series: Allegiant is the third and final installment in the movie adaptation series based on the popular books by Veronica Roth. The movie is directed by Robert Schwentke, the same director as the previous film, Insurgent. Like Insurgent, Allegiant attempts to expand the world established in the first movie, going beyond the protective walls of a post-apocalyptic Chicago.
Once again, the rebellious heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) attempts to overcome a rigged and discriminatory system in an effort to save her home. While Allegiant contains some interesting sci-fi elements and feels more confident than the previous film, it still suffers from a predictable yet convoluted story, underwhelming special effects, and wooden performances.
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The Movie Review
Allegiant opens up with the entire population of Chicago preparing to finally step outside the massive walls around the city. Unfortunately, after the elimination of the tyrannical Jeanine (Kate Winslet), a new restrictive regime led by Evelyn (Naomi Watts) has taken its place.
Refusing to let the citizens explore the world outside the walls, tensions start brewing, with a civil war ready to burst. Tris, after defeating Jeanine and risking her life, defies Evelyn and ventures outside the walls with a small group of friends. Along with her lover Four (Theo James), brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort), best friend Christina (Zoe Kravitz), and uneasy ally Peter (Miles Teller), Tris must face the unknown dangers in the wasteland beyond the walls.
While this sounds like a far more interesting setup than Insurgent’s scattered and meandering plot, Allegiant quickly falls back into a wholly predictable rhythm. The group only explores the wasteland for a brief scene, before being whisked away on another needlessly complex story arc.
It’s a shame too, as the wasteland presents both a colorful and intriguing scenario for a rich survival film. However, the movie quickly divulges into cliché territory, introducing yet another group of elitist humans with dark secrets. The ensuing story is both entirely unoriginal and full of scattered themes and sub-plots, feeling more disjointed than ever before. Apart from Tris and Four, most of the main characters are shuffled to the sidelines, left underdeveloped, and poorly written.
There’s also a significant lack of action in Allegiant, replaced by an absurd amount of mediocre special effects. With the exception of one great practical explosion and some clean fight scenes, the majority of Allegiant’s action is unimpressive and lacks any weight.
Where Insurgent used inventive action scenes as a way to break up the less-than-interesting story, Allegiant doubles down on narrative complexity, resulting in a shoddy finished product. By the anticlimactic conclusion, you’ll likely be bored or have very little investment in the developing story. While the story started out notably strong in the first movie, Allegiant delivers an unsurprising and by-the-numbers finale.
The Bottom Line
Overall, Allegiant is a disappointing finale, only shining for brief moments at a time. When compared to both the first movie and the significantly weaker sequel, Allegiant feels even more formulaic and angsty, but without the charm or fun action to hold things together.
This lack of creativity is apparent in almost every way, from underwhelming acting performances to monotonous camerawork and shoddy special effects. While Allegiant earns some points for its dedication toward deeper sci-fi elements, it loses far more due to its rushed and sloppy execution. For those invested in the Divergent series, Allegiant is worth watching for some closure, but don’t expect to be wowed in any way.
- Some interesting set designs
- Cool gadgets
- A handful of fun fight scenes
- An abundance of mediocre CGI
- Disjointed and predictable narrative