Based on the best-selling book series written by Veronica Roth, the Divergent film series is the next set of book-to-movie adaptations to take the world by storm. Like the box-office hit in The Hunger Games’ Mockingjay movies, the final book in the trilogy was split into two movies with Allegiant being the beginning of the series’ end.
Allegiant follows Tris (Shailene Woodley), her boyfriend Four (Theo James) and their friends as they venture over the wall encircling Chicago to uncover the truth of their world. The world over the wall is different to anything they’ve ever experienced and opens their eyes to the truth of Earth’s past and the history of their own city. As the group uncovers more and more information, they start to think things may not be as they seem.
The acting in Allegiant was great. The lines were delivered perfectly, especially by Miles Teller, who plays Peter in the films and is often used to relieve tension and give the audience come comic relief. The dialogue between the characters was well-written and easily believable. Perhaps the most realistic aspect of this movie is the relationship between Tris and Four. Woodley and James have great chemistry on-screen and create a beautiful and realistic relationship that is easy to watch.
The visual effects were also quite good. Allegiant takes the series in a more technology-focused direction and as such, this movie features a lot more science-fiction elements than the previous films. While these elements differ from the original storyline in the books, they definitely add to the visual appeal of the movie.
Overall, Allegiant was a fast-paced and action-packed movie with comedic elements at all the right moments. While some small aspects don’t always make logical sense, the great acting and chemistry between the two main characters as well as the well executed visual effects make for a great movie that is very entertaining. While it is not as great as the first movie in the series, it is definitely a step up from Insurgent and has built up to what I hope to be a fantastic finale in 2017.
Words by Emma Johnson
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