Verdict: Nothing like the book; adding a surprise element.
Set in a dystopian future, the plot of the Divergent series seems intriguing at first but it left many readers perplexed as the story progressed. It was left to see what the producers of the Divergent movies would make of the perplexed plot line, following the first two movies, viz. Divergent and Insurgent. Their way ahead was simple – they changed the story. Allegiant, the third installment of the Divergent series brings a fresh new story line, with new and recurring characters and a brand new villain to wreak havoc in the already broken metropolis of Chicago.
Allegiant begins with the aftermath of the war in Insurgent, where a group of rebels, led by Evelyn (Naomi Watts) took down the city, controlled by Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet). Evelyn comes to power, and Jeanine and her henchmen are captured and set to be executed. One of the captives happens to be Caleb (Ansel Elgort), brother of lead character Tris (Shailene Woodley). With help from Four (Theo James), Tris manages to free Caleb, and they plan to leave the city with Tori (Maggie Q) and Christina (Zoë Kravitz). On the way, Peter (Miles Teller) apprehends them and they are forced to take him along. Following Edith Prior’s message from Insurgent, the group of six try to make their way across the wall, which is heavily guarded on Evelyn’s orders. In spite of the electrical fence blocking their way, the group manages to get through, killing one of them in the attempt. It’s left to see what’s beyond the wall and how they can manage to bring peace in a city divided by animosity. While Evelyn tries to restore order under her new regime, a group of people, known as Allegiant, led by Amity leader Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer) rise up against her. Evelyn fights back, only resulting in another war.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the wall, the group, now reduced to five, are rescued by soldiers of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare and are taken to their headquarters. There they learn about the war that led to the creation of their city as an experiment. Furthermore, Tris is hit with another revelation about her mother’s past by the Bureau’s director David (Jeff Daniels), who has a keen interest in her. While the group has different opinions about the Bureau and David’s true intentions, the budding war in their city takes them back home.
The newly approached narrative definitely makes the story more interesting than the original. However, the lack of direction subdues the impact the movie could have had on non-Divergent fans. For those who liked the book, the movie is an equally good watch. With several action-packed scenes and with Miles Teller’s constant smug humor, there are not many dull moments. But it does seem like the movie is trying to cover too much in too little time, leading to some jerky shifts. The acting is subpar, with only Miles Teller’s character causing some kind of reaction within the audience. It remains to see what Ascendant, the final movie in the series, brings forth and whether it will follow the same ending of the book.
Why You Should Watch This Film
This movie is a gold mine for tech geeks. The equipment used by the Bureau will put your latest hi-tech device to shame. There is plenty of action and a bit of romance too. Give Allegiant a try, even if you haven’t watched the first two movies.