The grand finale


Megan Rinock, staff writer

The third and final movie of the Divergent series, Allegiant, hit theaters a month ago. I’ve had pretty high expectations ever since I saw Mockingjay Part 2, which was like repeatedly hitting my thumb with a hammer. Why high expectations? Because if a movie isn’t as bad as Mockingjay, then it’s at least okay. But we’re not here to talk about the poor excuse for a movie which ended the Hunger Games series. However since the Allegiant book was spoiled for me, I wasn’t particularly interested in the movies. Against my will, a friend dragged me to see the first two movies, and not against my will, I gave them both a thumbs-up. With mixed emotions, I went to go see the grand finale of the Divergent movies.

DISCLAIMER: if you have not seen the movie or read the book and plan to go see the movie, I would stop reading right now. Because I’m going to spoil everything.

The Factionless have taken over Chicago and have promised to help rebuild a new society in which everyone is equal. However, Amity -the peaceful faction- splits off because they don’t like the violent ways that have been adopted by the Factionless. Amity creates a new group called Allegiant while Tris, Four, Peter, Tori, Christina and Caleb escape from the Factionless and go over to the wall that surrounds Chicago…sadly, Tori dies, which killed me. From there, they go off in search of the group that sent them a message in the last movie, in which the movie decides it’s going to become Mad Max for a moment and have cars chase after them in an amazingly terrible CGI desert.

From there, they find the people who sent them the message, which turns out to be a totally new government called the Bureau. But surprise surprise, cliches galore. I could already tell in .5 seconds that this new goody-goody government wasn’t as good as they made themselves out to be. Is it me or doesn’t that happen in almost every sci-fi movie? The good guy joins or is in a new government that looks all good but is actually bad. Hunger Games, The Scorch Trials, The Giver…yeah, way to be original, Allegiant.

The five survivors join the Bureau and everything is hunky-dory peachy-keen. Of course, Four/Tobias finds something wrong with the Bureau and leaves to go back to Chicago while Tris stays behind to help the government, only to find out Four was right (big shocker) and she, Caleb and Christina all escape from the Bureau and Peter turns out to be a bad guy again. I didn’t need a fortune teller to be able to predict this plot. Now the heroes are off on a quest to stop Peter from releasing a serum in Chicago that will wipe everyone’s minds, though I felt absolutely no excitement for this part. If anything, the climax seemed to fall short and I just found myself staring at a bag of popcorn. Eventually, Tris destroys the machine, like predicted, and Chicago is safe once more.

So what would I rate this movie? A rather unsatisfying 4/10. The plot seems too predictable. There was rather some emotionless acts presented by the actors. When Tori dies, Tris gives a few unconvincing “cries of agony” before they exit the scene, and Tori is immediately forgotten about. If that was the big emotional death scene of the movie, then job failed, director. In the first Hunger Games movie, everybody in the theater was sobbing over Rue’s death. Tori? Not even a cough. Honestly, the movie was almost slapping my face to get my attention at times, and it drove me to a raging headache because it was so predictable. Towards the end of the movie, the actors seemed to get as bored as I was. My advice; if you want to see this movie, rent it when it comes out on DVD and see of yourself how boring and predictable it really is