Allegiant: Film Review

11th March 2016 Off By Charlotte Burton

A film director knows they have done something right when a viewer comes out of the cinema and thinks about how much they were on the edge of their seat for the duration of the film. Suspense is key for an action film. Allegiant was full of suspense.

Allegiant is the third instalment of the Divergent film adaption series from the novels by Veronica Roth. The final book has been split into two for the film series, alike to The Hunger Games – another fantastic dystopian book to film adaptation.

This film tells us the story of the first part of the book Allegiant on screen. We start the film where Insurgent, film number two, left off. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Tobias (Theo James) have survived the Erudite attack created by Janine (Kate Winslet) where she tried to control all of Chicago.

It is now knowledge to everyone in the city that there is more to life than in the walls of their city which has always been their whole world. Tris, Tobias and others hope to break past the wall but cannot because of the new reign of Tobias’ mother, Evelyn (Naomi Watts). With a cunning plan at hand they break past the wall to find a whole other world they had no idea existed.

They find Chicago was a social experiment ran by a man called David, in charge of The Bureau of Genetics Welfare. He is trying to make everyone genetically clean so the world can be at peace. Tris and Tobias have different perceptions on how good David’s intentions are which could affect their relationship and the lives of the civilians in Chicago.

The film keeps you hooked from start to finish wondering where Tris will take us next, wondering when she is going to sacrifice herself (again) for the greater good of humanity. Wondering where the next gunshot will come from, or which corner one of many enemies will jump from next.

Director Robert Schwentke could be said to have the meaning of suspense down to a T and uses it very well for Divergent fans, even if they know what happens because they have already read the books.

The film is out for all dystopian fiction fans March 10; hopefully pleasing its fans and other viewers who are in for a suspense filled two hours following a cleverly thought out story line which ponders upon humanities choices and how they affect us and our future.