Review: The Divergent Series: Allegiant
The third movie of the Divergent series has arrived in cinemas, trying to keep the YA dystopia movies alive after the ending of Hunger Games. Unfortunately, Allegiant doesn’t even try. It’s just a forced sequel in which nothing really happens and they just set up the grand finale of the third book, something that should have happened in this movie. Even director Robert Schwentke left the last movie before Allegiant even came out in cinemas, so that says a lot and it’s certain the franchise is in danger. Will it fail at the box office? Doubtful. People want movies like this, just like they want superhero movies. The difference is that comicbook movies try to cater to different audiences. Marvel has their kind of movies, while DC is launching a darker and more serious franchise. YA movies are all the same and Allegiant doesn’t do anything to be better than the others.
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 to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. 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. To survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice. The story is forced, the romance is boring and the characters are stereotypical. They go outside the walls of their city and everything is basically the same, but with a more futuristic technology. Bad dialogues, bad acting, everything is done in a hurry and it looks bad. It has a bit of entertainment and some unexpected humor (between Miles Teller and Jeff Daniels, two actors in need of money, apparently, that at least had fun with their roles). Oh, and the title? It’s almost non-related to the movie. It’s a new faction of rebels, that doesn’t have anything to do with the main characters and is mentioned 1-2 times.
Speaking of actors, Shailene Woodley and Theo James are bored and boring as hell. They do not act, they just say their lines and keep running or fighting or whatever. The first and second movie weren’t very good, but at least in those the actors tried more, especially the main actors. Allegiant doesn’t deliver anything acting wise. A couple of cameos. I saw Wally West again in a movie. Jeff Daniels is short haired and tries to act bad (he isn’t a very convincing classic villain) and Miles Teller, as I said has the most fun. The rest of them, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts and others, just say lines like robots. Allegiant would surely never had been a masterpiece, but you can at least try to make it a good movie, not just a CGI fest and a bad one at that.
Ah, the CGI. There’s lots of CGI in this movie, a couple of things look good, but most of it looks so fake. When you don’t have a big budget, don’t try to force lots of CGI just to show the shiny stuff. There are some action scenes done with practical effects that look good, but Allegiant tries to use lots of CGI to make us forget about the bad story, bad dialogues and bad actors. And the soundtrack, well… I got to admit, I don’t even remember hearing anything. Maybe some generic action cues, but that’s all, nothing to remember, not even a main theme.
I wasn’t expecting anything of Allegiant and I haven;t read the books so I cannot compare the movie with them, but it is surely a bad movie. Sunday afternoon entertaining at best, but that’s all. It definitely doesn’t help the franchise to move forward. Lucky, there’s just one more movie in this franchise and in the Maze Runner one so Hollywood can move to other materials. Maybe finally making a good video game adaptation.