“We don’t know what happened out there” – Allegiant (Part 1) (Film Review)

Back, for the third time, in what remains of the city of Chicago, Tris is eager to find out what is beyond the wall that surrounds her home – however her friends are slightly more sceptical that there isn’t anything out there. So off they go on an adventure and what they find isn’t exactly what they thought it would be. Their discoveries change how they all feel about their former home.

For the first part of the film all they did was run. They ran to the wall, they ran over the wall using wires and harnesses, they ran through the desert – getting the gist? They run a lot in this film. And might I add that they make for fine runners.

When I’ve written about the Divergent Series previously I have talked about Peter being my favourite character, in Allegiant that was just reinforced for me even more. His sarcastic comments were probably my favourite part of the whole film, they were brilliant at bringing a comedic element to an otherwise mediocre film. Once again Peter was only loyal to himself, something he is not afraid for people to know – his honesty is refreshing. Perhaps the most shocking part of the film was (*spoiler*) Tori dying as they stood on top of the wall, but even that was at the start leaving the rest of the film trying to match the same level of surprise. I found myself not caring for the rest of the characters except the little boy who Four briefly looks after.

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The message that it’s okay to be different is heavily emphasised. When meeting the council members Tris argues in favour of the “damaged” (those who aren’t genetically pure, like Four and the others she has left behind). In our society a strong message like this coming from a film, which many shall watch, is a good thing, the subtle reminder could help lead to changes in mind-sets.

The use of graphics and the use futuristic technology,  over compensated for the storyline. It wasn’t bad but I don’t believe it was on par with the first two films. Overall the film didn’t leave me wanting more, it left me confused. I only realised it had finished because the credits started playing, I was waiting for something more.

2 / 5

Dir: Robert Schentke

Scr: Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage

Cast – Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Jeff Daniels, Naomi Watts

Prd: Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shahbazian, Douglas Wick

DOP: Florian Ballhaus

Music: Joseph Trapanese

Country: USA

Year: 2016

Run time: 121 mins

Allegiant is in cinemas now.