Possible spoilers ahead!
This past weekend it was the wifey’s turn to choose the movie again, and she chose “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.” This wouldn’t have been my first choice, but she’s a big fan of this series.
Anyways, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” picks up not long after the events of the last movie, Insurgent, which actually wasn’t as bad I had expected. This time, the residents of what’s left of Chicago are deal with aftermath of the Erudite faction’s hostile takeover of the city, and the revelation that all along, they’ve been part of an experiment run by mysterious individuals outside the wall that surrounds them.
Ex-Factionless leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts), is now the head of the Chicago society and has dissolved the old faction system. She’s even banned anyone from leaving the city, including her own son Four (Theo James). Because of this, the city of Chicago is on the march towards civil war.
Tris (Shailene Woodley), and Four defy Evelyn’s orders and to travel with a group beyond the Chicago wall, eventually making their way to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare: the organization that is running the Chicago “experiment”, under the leadership of a scientist named David (Jeff Daniels).
However, it soon becomes clear to Tris and Four that David’s true goals are not the same as theirs – and that Chicago may have to worry about more than just a civil war.
“The Divergent Series: Allegiant” is supposed to be the first of two movies based on Veronica Roth’s novel, with the second installment, Ascendent, originally slated to arrive in 2017. Unfortunately, because Allegiant bombed at the box office, the final installment of the series might end up on television instead of on the big screen, and I think its easy to see why.
Allegiant suffers from the same problem that has inflicted the The Hunger Games and others before it: there just isn’t enough of the source material to warrant a fourth movie. So all you have in Allegiant is two hours of non-stop narrative that is building-up towards the grand finale, one that may or may not even happen now.
Also, ever since this series started I can’t stop comparing it to the Hunger Games. Both have complex political intrigue; evil heads of state; factions rebelling; and a lead protagonist that doesn’t want to be the center of attention.
Now, all this could still work if you’re creative enough, but the Divergent movie franchise doesn’t do enough to stand apart from the Hunger Games series.
The one good thing I can say about Allegiant is that Shailene Woodley and Theo James are well settled into their roles; and they’re the only reason to see this movie. Their relationship problems were the only relistic thing about this movie.
Meanwhile, Miles Teller does his usual thing Miles Teller as Peter. And is it just me or, or does Miles Teller ALWAYS play a jackass, even when he’s supposed to be a good guy?
At the end of the day, Allegiant is an under-whelming entry in a series that hasn’t been that great to begin with. If you weren’t a fan of the Divergent saga before, I seriously doubt you will be after seeing Allegiant.
“The Divergent Series: Allegiant” final score: 3