The third film of the Divergent Series and I am so sad to say it was a little bit of a let-down. I was absolutely loving all the films, the first two were full of action and great simulations you fall into. But then this one just turned weird and a bit far-fetched. I understand it’s a sci-fi film, so it’s not supposed to be reality, but there was something in ‘Divergent’ and ‘Insurgent’ to fall into and believe in. ‘Allegiant’ had bleeding skies unnecessarily and unexplained, and weapons undefeatable. So many things were going on and the main story line just seemed weird and random. I’m so upset this happened, I was loving this series. Without the simulations, a lot of action and thrilling moments were lost, we weren’t able to go into the character’s deepest fears. Instead, we followed them as usual, but this time as divided.
The main enemy is dead and the city turns into chaos. There are no factions and the hunt is turned onto Jeanine’s co-conspirators instead. The message of a world outside the wall has been released but nothing has changed, the walls are in lockdown. A mob has been created and is difficult to control, the city splits. This part was completely fine, there has been a rebellion and a new leader is yet to strongly come into play. Great start! Obviously, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) can’t just stay knowing there could be something beyond the wall. Quickly marked as traitors, Tris, Four, Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Peter (Miles Teller) and Christina (Zoë Kravitz) explore beyond the wall, making it over swiftly. Again, all parts of this plot were fine, especially because we know these characters and we know Tris could not resist seeing what’s past the wall. Additionally, we know Four would follow Tris anywhere and Peter would do anything to benefit himself. But then things just got weird…
A whole new life was shown to us beyond the wall. The city they had all be living in (Chicago) was an experiment and has constantly been watched by those on the other side. Who are these? Well they’re the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. The Director, David (Jeff Daniels), is quick to single out Tris and she is explained everything, in which I’m still not sure about. Something to do with genetic modification. Through the experiment, the only one marked as “pure” was Tris, everyone else in Chicago is “damaged” and the experiment is how to make everyone “pure”. This was all very random and a lot of information was given all at once. Because it’s so scientific, when it all hits at once, it becomes rather confusing. Meanwhile, back in Chicago, chaos is hitting extremes, the city is divided and ready for war: Evelyn (Naomi Watts) vs Johanna (Octavia Spencer). So much happens and so much is going on. Caleb is assigned to watch Chicago from the Bureau, so that’s how we keep in contact with the city inside the walls. However, the effects they’ve done make the screen pixelated so you know he’s not really there, although I do think it was a but unnecessary because either way we know Caleb isn’t in the city and it distracts from the vision of the city that we are still interested in, especially since we’ve been only there for the past two films. Therefore, our interest is revolved around Chicago and the characters we already know, instead of this alien place of flying cars and drones which protect with no assistance.
These new characters are also alien to us, are they trustworthy, who are they? What do they want? What’s this business with the pure and damaged? I guess this is the mystery element of the film, but it’s so different from the other films, it seems it’s not the same series. It seems it’s taken a different route of this overwhelming world we know nothing of, and the only similarity is the characters. I guess you either appreciate this or not. I do have to admit, I did like ‘Hemlock Grove’s Bill Skarsgård’s character, Matthew. But, Christina is definitely lost in this film as well. There were things thrown into the film which didn’t seem to make much sense, and Tris’ automatic trust became slightly annoying and seemed a bit out of character. Moving away from Chicago lost the Divergent Series in my opinion, the film felt lost in this strange land that was completely unrelatable and overwhelming. Sadly, I was let down, maybe if there is a next one, it would redeem itself?