Divergent was a strong first release for the franchise.
While it was always going to draw comparisons to The Hunger Games series, with its story filled with young adults, a strong female lead and a dystopian future, it is very much its own beast with more wild sci-fi layered over the top and twists that are a lot more darker in tone.
With the films being released consecutively since 2014, The Divergent Series is almost at peak with Allegiant and is starting to run toward empty. Thankfully though, this film has enough juice in it to push it over the line.
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them.
One of the most impressive parts of The Divergent Series has been its stellar cast. With the first 2 films having Kate Winslet in tow, and then introducing Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts in its sequel, the 2 leads, who are just as talented, are then also surrounded by young actors Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Zoe Kravitz. The cast is anything but short on talent and definitely has the legs to hold the story up.
And that’s ultimately where the issue lies.
While the first film had enough material in it to entice the audience, the sequel lost itself with its pace and almost filler-like mentality. With a strong ending that did enough to top up the reserves, Allegiant finds itself to be an odd mix of both the first and second parts. More action is welcome, with James’ character Four finally shown again as a bad-ass, they find themselves spaced out frequently in between flat (and hilarious) dialogue and mixed pacing on plot development. A story that finds itself split (the sequel Ascendant covering the second half of the final book), it makes you wonder what would have happened had the story been forced to tighten up. It’s likely that had this happened, it potentially could have found itself to have stronger first and second act, with a more punchier and closed conclusion.
Be that as it may, Allegiant has done enough to get me to hold out for the sequel, which I hope comes in swinging like a mad person when it releases next year.
While it has its weak moments, Allegiant had enough "WTF" moments in it to tide me over.