The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Film Review

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The issue with the Divergent franchise is that it has always been far too similar, and not as good as, The Hunger Games, which also suffered a slump in its third movie because the final book was unnecessarily split into two films – an obvious money-spinning ploy which negatively impacts the momentum and energy of the movies. The Divergent series has never been amazing, but Allegiant is a new low that won’t even please fans of the novel.

Shailene Woodley returns as Tris Prior, a divergent, which means she does not fall into a faction in her dystopian society. The evil dictator Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) has been killed and Evelyn (Naomi Watts) steps into her place, but does not seem to employ the kind leadership policy she promised. At the end of Insurgent, the crew learned they were part of a genetics experiment and that life still existed outside their city’s walls so Tris, Four (Theo James), Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Peter (Miles Teller) embark on a mission to find out what is out there, but it’s not all what it is cracked up to be.

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The main issue with this is the cast look like don’t want to be there. Nobody is putting in a memorable performance and it just feels very by-the-numbers. It is not all their fault – the script is awful and without colour. It is all ‘this way!’ ‘watch out!’ kinda stuff without much actual action. It is just facts and feeling plainly stated with no real passion, drama or believability. Woodley, who I rate as an actress, is barely given anything to sink her teeth into, which is a shame as Tris is supposed to be this strong female heroine, but she is so bland, without life and James actually ends up with more emotional stuff to do. Elgort does not pull off dorky, Kravitz is grossly underused (don’t get me started on Octavia Spencer) and Teller is playing Miles Teller, you know, the braggy douche.

The previous two films were satisfactory because they stuck to the books. This goes completely off track and that’s because there was not enough plot to warrant two films, so they had to fill in some other drama. I didn’t recognise much of the plot points from the book at all and I had to go over the novel’s Wiki page to check the differences – and the differences are huge. I also re-read the plot for the second half and it was one paragraph long. How they are going to sustain that and make it decent, I’ll never know. Perhaps that’s why two-time Divergent director Robert Schwentke bailed out before the end.

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There were not many action pieces besides the awesome wall escape from Chicago and most of the movie was just them walking to and from places. Once they reached the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, it was a lot of talking between Tris and David (Jeff Daniels) or Tris and Four. I wanted more, guys! It also looked quite cheap in places. The landscape and wall design are fantastic but everything else doesn’t feel as polished as it should. The colour of The Fringe was plain bizarre.

The films will never be accused of being a riot, but this one barely has any joy, energy or life in it at all. It is so bland, generic and forgettable. I watched this two days ago and not much stands out. Even the killer soundtrack has gone. Sadly, I think the Divergent series has properly run out of gas on every front – and there is still one to go!

In cinemas now 

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Comments

  1. Even though I haven’t seen the movie I agree with you. The third installment to both Divergent and Hungers Games took a turn. It slowed the series down in order to “properly” end it. And yet they were unnecessarily created into two separate movies. Smh.

    • Hannah Wales says:

      I’m glad you agree. I think it’s silly splitting them when there isn’t enough story to sustain two films!

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