Although “Insurgent” left fans excited for “Allegiant” to hit theaters this March, the film was actually quite a let down to both fans of the book and movie series.
“Insurgent,” the series’ second film, had a fantastic ending, providing clues as to what lay outside the walls of Chicago, while also tearing apart the meaningless faction system.
After the war in “Insurgent” and the falling of Jeanine, Chicago is now in control of Four’s mother, Evelyn. Her way of solving conflicts over the war, however, is not the best. “Allegiant” begins with a number of showcased murders of those who conspired with Erudite – one of the no longer existing factions – into controlling the city of Chicago.
Tris and Four, respectively played by Shailene Woodley and Theo James, soon begin to realize that if they do not stop Evelyn from going down this murderous path, she will slowly turn into Jeanine. In hopes of stopping her, they hop the walls, bringing along a group of friends.
Once they land outside the walls, they begin to see the havoc that has been wreaked upon the earth. The ground has been turned to red dust and the sky rains red water, aftermath of a war years beforehand.
After an intense chase through the land – the only real good action you will get with “Allegiant” – they come to an invisible barrier and find themselves within the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. Tris and her group learn that the Bureau were the ones responsible for their placement in Chicago within the faction system. David, the leader of the Bureau, tells Tris that she is a miracle: the only one who is genetically Pure. Tris is the only one who can save the rest of humanity.
Four warns Tris that things at the Bureau are not what they seem, but she does not listen, instead aiding David in his quest to purify humanity. Eventually, Tris learns that in order to save Chicago she must return home, bringing along a big gun for such a tiny girl.
“Allegiant” severely lacked a sense of cohesion throughout. Characters drastically changed from “Insurgent” to “Allegiant.” Even Tris and Four’s love story was basically nonexistent, except for the first scene of the film.
Although there were a few funny scenes, “Allegiant” lacked a real connection to Veronica Roth’s novel. A great deal of wonderful details were left out, and the plot was reconstructed to the director’s liking. Most detrimental of all, “Allegiant” has been split into two parts, with the last film, “Ascendant,” hitting theaters in March 2017.
For a Witt night at the movies offering, “Allegiant” was worth seeing. However, Wittenberg students could be better off seeing a different movie.