I didn’t read the Divergent book series, and I never would have seen the movies if it weren’t for our teenage daughter asking me to watch them. We started at the beginning with Divergent (2014), and just like that – we both hooked, which of-course led to us watching the second. We recently saw the third installment “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” in the theater. Seeing these movies together, and discussing them has been a great experience for the both of us.
Movie: The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Running time: 2h 20m
Moviegoers: Mom, 45; Allison, 16
After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
Our thoughts on the movie:
We both found this chapter of the Divergent series better than the previous installment. Though, not better than the first. The story is interesting, but I feel it’s starting to be a little played out. My daughter, does not agree. She enjoyed the movie a lot more than I did. We both agree the actors did a good job, and the story is interesting. Sparking a lot of discussion from the use of GMO’s to the difference between lower, middle and upper class in our country. I’m glad to have seen the movie, and will of-course see the fourth and final chapter when it comes to theaters. Though, I am hoping for better.
What kids will like: I think teenagers will enjoy this movie. Especially if they read the books. The movie is easy to follow with a gratifying ending. The main characters are also easy on the eyes, and likable.
What parents may like about this movie: The story is interesting, and smart. The characters are well written. It’s not your typical teenager fluff. It’s an easy movie to watch with your teens.
Positive themes: Learning to overcome your fears and standing up for what you know is right. 5/5)
Violence/scare factor: Fighting, chasing and a lot of killing. No sight of blood. 3/5)
Sex/Romance: No sex, or romance but the discussion of feelings and love. Two maybe three kisses. 1/5)
Bad language: There might have been three swear words. Nothing heavy. 1/5
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