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Continuing where Insurgent left off, Allegiant sees Tris (Woodley) making a break from Chicago along with Four (James) and friends to try and find out the truth behind their lives as well as the real story about the factions. The truth however, might not be all that Tris had bargained for.
While the previous film in this series set the stage for a hopefully interesting follow up, Allegiant turns out to be a bit of a letdown. Diehard fans might also find this movie a stretch or rather, a two hour stretch of a film that gets cheesier every ten minutes or so. The resultant product is something that isn't quite unlike a B-movie where everything from the costumes and character styling (incidentally, how did Tris' hair grow out so soon?) to the weapons (which look like they're put together by a 10-year-old) to their dialogues, will make you cringe.
So, Tris and Theo and their gang jump the wall and head out to the great beyond, only to find that they're not quite as free as birds. The Bureau of Genetic Welfare is headed by David (Jeff Daniels) who along with Theo and Tris, compete for who gets the corniest lines in the movie. Fashioned as a villain of sorts, David has some kind of mumbo jumbo theory about their genetic structures and damaged genes. At one point in the movie, Tris wonders aloud about what really is going on. You might find yourself empathizing with her. Clad in a white jumpsuit with hair perfectly in place and Four faithfully panting after, Tris now has a new mission - to rescue the brainwashed and the tainted.
Miles Teller gets barely any lines but nonetheless, he does steal the show whenever he is in a scene. But this is a given, as he is by far the most talented of the cast anyways. A plus point though is the set design, a curious mix of ultra-futuristic-meets-retro. But while the underlying concept of the series is the examination of a big social experiment, this gets lost in the film. Extremely lackluster fare, overall.
The film is adapted from Veronica Roth’s book, ‘Allegiant,’ which is the final installment in the The Divergent series.However, the film series will have a fourth installment as the novel has been filmed in two parts.
This is the fourth film to have broken down a novel adaptation into two parts after ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘The Twilight Saga’ and ‘The Hunger Games.’
Though the film did not release until March 2016, the filming was completed on August 22, 2015.
Unlike, it’s former counterpart, ‘Insurgent,’ this film will not be released in 3D.
The story begins with many of the citizens of Chicago running towards the wall. Soldiers under Evelyn are told to shut down the perimeter, and no one is allowed through. Evelyn directs Kang of Candor to hold trials for the Erudite and traitorous Dauntless conspirators, a number of them becoming executions, starting with Max. Evelyn and Johanna attempt to pressure Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) into taking leadership positions in the new coalition, but both refuse. After seeing that the hostile situation within the city is only going to get worse and narrowly rescuing her brother Caleb from his imminent trial (despite her mistrust of him after his betrayal to help Jeanine), Tris escapes with Four, Caleb, Christina, Tori, and Peter to journey beyond the wall that encloses Chicago, although Tori is killed by Edgar in the attempt.
The group wanders through the wasteland for some time and are near the point of losing hope, having found no trace of the outsiders from the message. They are then ambushed by a pursuing Edgar. Edgar appears to have the upper hand before an armed group of individuals and airships appears from behind a cloaking field and disables Edgar. The soldiers take the group to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, a highly advanced city where they learn the truth about their society. Many years ago, the government believed that society's problems were caused by "bad genes". In an attempt to create a better society, they began to modify people's genes, with disastrous results. The government set up "experiments" in an attempt to repair this mistake, establishing isolated cities across the remains of the United States. The hope was to raise enough genetically pure Divergent individuals to fix the "genetic damage" left in the wake of the Purity War.
Tris and Four are tested by Matthew and Nita to verify and study their Divergence. Tris is shown to be truly Divergent, but Four's genetic structure indicates that his genes are still "damaged". Caleb and Peter are both assigned to surveillance teams that silently monitor Chicago. Matthew then brings Tris to the leader of the Bureau, David, to find out the truth about her mother. David gives Tris a device that allows her to view her mother's memories, and sees that her mother was a wasteland nomad before being rescued and adopted by the Bureau before volunteering to join the Chicago experiment out of staunch dedication to the project. Tris agrees to help David in return for his help in restoring peace to Chicago. David claims that only the council he reports to has the power to intervene, but their joint efforts should be able to persuade them to act.
Meanwhile, Four trains with Nita and joins the Bureau's military force along with Christina. They both join the military on a rescue mission to a nearby wasteland village, though Four becomes disillusioned and mistrusting of the Bureau's intentions after realizing that they were going there to kidnap and forcefully integrate those children into the Bureau's populace. Upon their return, Four discretely petitions Caleb to keep an eye on the situation in Chicago. Four also attempts to warn Tris of the Bureau's dubious intentions, but she rejects his ideas believing that she is following the only viable course for a solution.
Caleb warns Four of a rapidly escalating conflict back in Chicago between Johanna's group of Allegiants and Evelyn's factionless, with open war becoming an imminent threat. Four appeals to Tris for her to return to Chicago with him to end the bloodshed, but she instead decides to go with David to the sanctuary city of Providence to meet with the council. David agrees to discretely reinsert Four back in Chicago, escorted by Matthew and some Bureau soldiers. Once in the air, Matthew quietly reveals to Four that the flight is a trap and he is meant to be killed. A skirmish breaks out and Four defeats all of the soldiers, though the airship crashes as a result. Matthew gives Four his ID card to get through the cloak wall, saying that he doesn't believe in David's work anymore and that he wants to help. Four proceeds to Chicago while Matthew remains behind to be rescued by the Bureau and warn Tris of what has happened.
Meanwhile, Tris and David meet with the council. Tris disagrees with the council's objectives and criticizes how they have done nothing to stop the violence in Chicago. The council responds that David had the power to intervene whenever he desired, revealing that he had lied to her from the beginning. Tris remarks during the return flight to the Bureau that she never should have trusted him, unofficially ending their partnership. Upon her return, she gathers Caleb and Christina in David's personal airship to return to Chicago, and is aided in escaping by Nita.
Four is captured by the factionless and confronts Evelyn to end the violence, though the latter shows no intention of standing down. Tris, Caleb, and Christina arrive shortly after to find the city tearing itself apart at the opening stage of a full assault by the Allegiant. David makes a deal with Peter in exchange for Peter's promotion and discretely inserts him into Chicago to convince Evelyn to deploy a hidden Bureau stockpile of gas to wipe the memories of the attackers and force a peace in her favor. She reluctantly agrees after successfully testing its effects on Four's captured father. Peter takes her to a vault where she can deploy the gas across the city but remain safe herself, making her the only individual in Chicago who will remember any of these events tomorrow.
Tris and Christina fight through the factionless and arrive at the vault, having rescued Four along the way. Tris apologizes that she didn't believe Four when he came to her earlier, but he responds that he doesn't blame her, as she was doing what she believed was right. At the vault door, Four convinces Evelyn to stop the gas attack, as he wouldn't remember who she was if she carried it out. She folds and stops the release, and is shot by a frustrated Peter. Peter gloats in his victory until the same gas starts releasing inside the vault as well. Realizing David has betrayed him, Peter opens the vault so Tris and Four can stop the gas release and flees back towards the cloak wall, as Four says he will find him and make him pay for badly wounding his mother.
Caleb arrives and aids Tris in destroying the gas dispersion hub, stopping the release. The main characters gather atop the Erudite building as they watch the stolen shuttle fly back towards the Bureau, heavily laden with explosives. Tris transmits a message to the whole city, revealing to them the existence of the Bureau and that Chicago was an experiment of the Pure. Her message to the Bureau is that Chicago is no longer their experiment, but the home of its citizens. Caleb detonates the explosives at the end of the message, tearing a massive hole through the cloak wall and revealing the two cities to each other. The film ends with the Chicago characters gazing at the Bureau in the distance, with David (invisibly projected through the surveillance system) standing behind Tris, glaring at her.