‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant’ is a great follow-up



“Allegiant” shows a more dynamic plot and more believable characters, but it still suffers from some cliche storytelling tropes.

Jason Zheng, Staff Writer

** Contains spoilers **

Since “Insurgent” was lackluster in my opinion, I had low expectations for this third film of the “Divergent” series. But “Allegiant” proved to be a much better sequel, and perhaps one of the series’ best installments.

Following Jeanine’s death, Chicago was finally united. Tris (Shailene Woodley), inspired by the message she received at the end of “Insurgent,” embarked on a journey beyond the wall with her friends. They were soon found by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, an organization that wanted to use her to restore genetic balance. But she soon discovered that this group may not be as helpful to the situation in Chicago as she hoped.

The film had a great plot that helped make the movie more intriguing. It explained the reason why Chicago existed in the first place, and why the factions were created.  However, the big question was whether it was really in the Bureau’s best interest to solve the problem in Chicago.

The film also delved more into unique characters. Tris became less of a hollow character and more believable, as she took on a more active role in the plot rather than just a bystander. Four (Theo James) had more development beyond being just a hunk, now having conflicting morality throughout. The film fleshed out Tris’ brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) as more three-dimensional, since he was no longer under Jeanine’s control.

With Jeanine dead, “Allegiant” introduced new and different villains. This film introduced the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, who turned out to be very creepy and questionable. In effect, they proved to be excellent and interesting antagonists, giving the plot vibes reminiscent of “The Hunger Games” and “The Maze Runner.”

That being said, the film did have its drawbacks. For all that it was worth, it had some lackluster moments that felt boring and didn’t bring much emotion to the film. It also had some scenes that felt nonsensical to the plot and confusing.

Overall, “Allegiant” was a great follow-up for the “Divergent” series, setting a bigger landmark than its predecessor. However, it still had some boring moments that dulled out its potential to be a great flick.

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