Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review: Allegiant

Based on the book by Veronica Roth.

Blurb: After the last revelations of Insurgent, Tris and Four have to leave Chicago and go beyond the wall to discover what there is out of their familiar and destroyed world; they are looking for a solution to their embroiled society. They go to a world far more dangerous than the one they know.

Once outside, they face a new reality and they have to handle new and shocking revelations. Soon, they notice that they can´t trust everybody and they have to make difficult choices to protect humanity and the ones they love.

To survive and save the world, Tris is forced to make impossible choices, even against Four´s will. She has to sacrifice her happiness, her life to protect her friends. 


Plot: Tris, Four, Peter, Cristina and Caleb leave Chicago because Tris wants to discover what there is beyond the wall. People rescue them and take them to another city where those people have full control of the experiment, Chicago. Interested in Tris because she is considered a pure DNA, David wants to study her. David lies to Tris and tries to convince her that he wants to help all those people that live in Chicago. Four, on the other hand, has his doubts about David. Four is the first one to notice that there is something wrong. He discovers that those people are lying to him; they are in danger, as well the inhabitants of Chicago.

Comment: I´d have loved the movie if I hadn´t read the book. I confess that I didn´t like the adaptation, they changed the story too much; important events were forgotten.

Visual effects are great; I loved the part they climbed the wall. There is action, you don´t see the time pass, but many important details from the original story are missed. They don´t show almost anything about the new society and its inhabitants.

What kept me stuck on the books was the drama between Tris and Four. I continued to read them because I knew that in one way or another, they wouldn´t stay together at the end. I didn´t see it in Insurgent; I didn´t see it in Allegiant either. It seems that Tris and Four don´t have any problem in their relationship and it isn´t true.

The blurb says that Tris is forced to make impossible choices; I didn´t see it in the movie. She doesn´t hesitate for a moment. Shailene Woodley and Theo James fail to demonstrate tension between them when they disagree about a decision; this is supposed to be the only moment of tension between them. I believe it happens because they put aside part of the drama of the story.

I confess that I felt a little lost at the end of the movie. I took a time to position myself in the story.

It is a good movie, but pretty different from the book. I preferred they had been more loyal to the original story.