Review: Allegiant (Divergent movie #3)
Series: Divergent movies #3
Also in this series: Divergent *, Insurgent *
Released by Summit on 8 March 2016
Length: 2h 1m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Keiynan Lonsdale, Maggie Q, Bill Skarsgård, Nadia Hilker, Jonny Weston.
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.
About two weeks ago I realised that Allegiant – the third movie in the four-part Divergent movie series – was coming out soon. I guess I hadn’t been as invested in this movie as I thought I was (even though I was really excited to see it). Anyway, I booked tickets for my friend and I to see it, and last Monday we finally went to see Allegiant.
This third movie goes further almost immediately after the previous one ended. I believe literally on the same day. (which makes it really weird to see Tris go from extremely short hair in Insurgent to this chin-length hair she has in this movie). In Insurgent, we found out there is something beyond the wall, and the citizens of Chicago are making their way to the gates. Tris, Four and their friends are planning on leaving too, but then Evelyn ruins everything by becoming Jeanine 2.0. The ‘gang’ must find a way to escape before everything goes to shit again.
I hadn’t had the time to either reread the books or rewatch the previous two movies, so I kind of went into this movie not remembering most of the details. Which is I guess the way I want to do it from now on. I don’t mind not knowing every detail from the book – aka knowing which parts they left out. I’d rather watch a movie and be like ‘oh yeah, that’s what happened, I remember now’. But I would have loved to rewatch the previous two movies to refresh my memory a bit. Oh well.
There were a lot more gadgets in this movie than I remember in the book. Or at least, they were much cooler than I remembered. The disks, the ships they flew around with, the survaillance rooms, but my favourites were the suits the bureau soldiers wore. View Spoiler »They changed colour. They were black/grey when they were in the safety of the airport, red when they were in the Fringe, and blue when they were in Chicago, it was sooooo coool! « Hide Spoiler The airport looked very sci-fi, and not at all like an airport at all, which I fully understand. After all, you wouldn’t really need airplanes anymore if the whole world has gone to shit. (I did miss the awesome airplane scene from the book though). There was also a slight mention of the rest of the world being the same as America, which hardly ever happens in American-based dystopian stories! So yay for that!
All the ‘important’ characters were there, of course. Tori got a bit of a bigger role in this movie View Spoiler »only to be killed quite early on, which I had been expecting, but I didn’t feel anything at all, because we hardly knew movie-Tori to be honest « Hide Spoiler, and Peter kind of got made into the comic relief. I don’t like Peter at all, but the way Miles Teller plays him is great, and his words got me to laugh more often than any of the other characters. But still, I would have ‘liked’ him to be more of an asshole. We also met David (of course), Nita and Matthew, but their roles were a bit toned down for this movie, which I fully understand. I just wished that Uriah had gotten a bigger role in this movie. He was there, but he didn’t come along with the gang, and we only saw a couple of glimpses of him.. Oh well, we can’t have everything!
Personally, I really enjoyed the movie. The whole confusing thing of GP’s and GD’s was toned down a bit, so people would understand it better – both the people that had read the book and those that hadn’t. The ending of this movie was a bit different than what was in the book, but I guess they had to create a nerve-wrecking sort of cliffhanger for the movie, which they did really well. It was SO. NERVE. WRECKING. OH MY GOD. View Spoiler »For a moment I thought they were going to kill Tris in this movie already and be like ‘there was never going to be a fourth movie, have fun with your tears’. BUT THEY DIDN’T AND I WAS SO RELIEVED. « Hide Spoiler
In the end, I thought Allegiant was a great movie, and I really can’t wait to watch it again (but I will rewatch the other two movies before that). If you’re a fan of the movies, just go and watch it – obviously. And if you’re a fan of the books, just try it. You don’t have to see it in the cinema, but just do it. Part four, Ascendant will come out in May 2017. And it will hurt.
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