Divergent Series: Allegiant film review

Main characters are lost, entire plots are nowhere to be seen and certain themes within the book have vanished from the film completely. Not to mention where has this technology come from?

If you’ve never read the book, you may actually love the movie. But as someone who loved the Divergent Series books, and Allegiant was my favourite, I am sad about what the film adaptation has turned into.

This was never the intention of Veronica Roth’s novel, after just ten minutes into the story takes its own turn, losing all its detail the book once had.

The third instalment of the blockbuster series Divergent, Allegiant takes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) into a whole new world that no one has seen yet, far more mysterious and dangerous than before. The story begins where the previous film left off with everyone trying to leave the city. However, the factionless do not let them so Tris and her group hatch a plan to make an escape.

This is all good and well as the film also follows the book. But then BAM, where did the big daring plan go? Apart from Tori being shot. Wait, who is Tori again, you ask? Where did her story go that was such a big role in the book? It was cut. Her brother does not actually exist at all in the movie and she is forgotten about after being killed off at the beginning. And where were Cara, Uriah, Nita and Amar you ask? Well, they were cut too.

As for Peter, when reading the book, I wanted to scream, shout and rip the pages out and shove them in Peter’s mouth so he would stop talking. But instead, the film just makes him only slightly annoying and more bearable with only the allegiance shifts of his character being significantly similar to the book’s character.

The story, which is the final book but not the final film, has a very cliché storyline which sees the evil leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) be replaced with another evil that is Four’s mother, Evelyn (Naomie Watts). But that is not the only evil. Adding a new group of people into the story, the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, another threat enters Tris’, Four’s, Caleb’s (Ansel Elgort), Christina’s (Zoe Kravitz) and Peter’s lives. David (Jeff Daniels).

Sounding good to non-readers of the book? Well, you will have Ascendant to look forward to next year as they split the final book into two films. As for me, who’s a true fan, I may walk out of the cinema in anger if it’s anything like this film. So if you’re a true fan, read the books. Allegiant is one hell of a book which will leave you in a complete head spin of emotion as well as leave you in pure anger on how much Hollywood has ruined the series.

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