The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
The Divergent Series: Allegiant Movie Poster Image
Mediocre third installment still violent; strays from book.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 121 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

While previous films in the series dealt with identity and destiny, this installment explores issues of diversity and discrimination. Tris' crusade encourages people to look beyond what divides them and seek to work together.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tris is (as always) courageous, but in this installment she's not very intuitive about others' intentions. Four is clear-headed and brave, but he's also hot-headed. Caleb redeems himself by finally being loyal to Tris as his only remaining family.  Tris and Four have a loving relationship in which they respect each other, even when they don't agree.

Violence

People die via gunshot wounds (including execution-style murders at close range), but there's a conspicuous lack of blood, so occasionally it's unclear whether characters have been killed or just left unconscious (in some cases, it's obvious, but in others it's ambiguous). Fist-fighting and vehicle crashes injure/kill characters. A serum/gas that erases people's memories is unleashed on the population, frightening them and immediately affecting some of them. Lots of danger/peril.

Sex

Several kisses, a couple of them passionate. Four tells Tris: "I wish we could be alone" before an intense kiss. Two different shower scenes show brief silhouettes of Four's bare chest/back and Tris' entire back -- and then a dark shadow of her whole figure from the back.

Language

A couple of uses of "ass," "s--t," and "s--tless," plus insults like "stiff," "damaged," "ass kisser."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Allegiant is the second-to-last movie in the Divergent series. Based on the first half of the final book in Veronica Roth's best-selling trilogy, the adaptation continues the saga of Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her partner in love and war, Four (Theo James). The violence is on par with the second film, but there's a conspicuous lack of blood, even during execution-style murders in which someone is shot at close range. There's slightly less romance in this one, with a few passionate kisses but no love scene; two nonsexual shower scenes show Tris' silhouetted nude backside and Four's bare chest. Strong language is infrequent but includes a few uses of "s--t" and "ass." Tris, while still unfailingly courageous, makes a mistake this time by blindly trusting someone whom viewers will be able to tell is shady; Four continues to be a brave, if brooding, boyfriend to her. Readers, be aware: Many of the movie plot's details are quite different than in the book.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byYsheh H. September 18, 2016
Adult Written bycave.trolls04 September 1, 2018

No

This was an absolute disgrace to the books. This barely followed the storyline and it just screwed everything up. Very disappointed
Teen, 14 years old Written byI'm a teen. March 16, 2016

I've seen this before?

This reminds me of the Maze Runner somehow?
Teen, 17 years old Written byilovemoviesandtv March 23, 2016

Two of the most boring hours of my life!!

"Allegiant" was very disappointing. It felt very rushed, like they didn't have time to write the script and plot properly. The whole movie was ex... Continue reading

What's the story?

ALLEGIANT wastes no time picking up shortly after the events of Insurgent, with Factionless leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts) holding show trials for Jeanine's treasonous Erudite and Dauntless followers in front of surprisingly bloodthirsty crowds. Before Tris' (Shailene Woodley) brother, Caleb (Ansel Elgort), can be executed like the other accused collaborators, the siblings, Four (Theo James), Christina (Zoe Kravitz), and Peter (Miles Teller) -- who blackmails his way into the group -- scale the wall to see what's outside their city of Chicago. What they find is an invisible "camera wall," beyond which is an area controlled by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. The Bureau's area leader, David (Jeff Daniels), and his employees reveal that the the Faction-based society is in fact a generations-old experiment to see whether humanity's "damaged" genes could heal themselves without genetic modification. The Bureau monitors the Chicago experiment with round-the-clock surveillance. Tris, of course, is deemed genetically "pure," while the other Divergents (including Four) -- and everyone else -- are labeled damaged. David insists on daily one-on-ones with Tris to study her, while a suspicious Four realizes that the Bureau doesn't care about the folks back home.

Is it any good?

Something has broken in this adaptation of Veronica Roth's final book; despite strong leads, the third installment ranges from passably mediocre to cringe-inducingly awful. Although the trilogy's last book suffered from a dual point of view and other flaws, the adaptation is nowhere near as engrossing. Yes, you always expect that an adaptation will stray somewhat from its source material, but Allegiant will leave book fans perplexed about what's going on, since so much is completely different -- not just in the plot, but also in terms of character development. (It's practically impossible to believe that, despite having run out of anything to say, there's still one more adaptation left to come in the film franchise.)

While many readers have enjoyed the book trilogy as much as The Hunger Games, the same isn't true of the film adaptations. The comparison between the franchises is apt: Both are dystopian trilogies with capable, intelligent heroines who aren't afraid to fight for what they believe. But despite gifted actors like Woodley, this series got stuck with lackluster directors. Between the subpar special effects (the terrible green-screen backgrounds are especially amateurish) and the laughable extras who don't know how to believably carry a crowd scene, Allegiant is a mess that can't even be saved by Tris and Four's romance. Even their love story hits a snag this time.

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