A penultimate chapter that's a total slog of a film. Witness before your very eyes, a movie that spends two hours digging its own grave. This poorly made Hollywood cash grab should make you mad as hell and you have the right to be! Cynical and boring, The Divergent Series: Allegiant paddles it's way through a toxic wasteland. The cast is let down as is its audience in this YA mess. While the books hit acclaim the movies have taken a very different path. The first film, Divergent, was just mediocre and same goes for Insurgent.
But none were as awful as Allegiant and don’t even get me started with the CGI. Unfortunately for Divergent, it got caught in the shadows of The Hunger Games’ success and could never overcome it. In my opinion, The Hunger Games series is like night and day compared to this one. They’re better constructed, acted, written, directed and a hell of a lot more exciting. Shailene Woodley deserves a better paycheck because Allegiant fails her every step of the way. Actors Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz and Miles Teller are the same old same old.
Fans of Tris and her team may not be so forgiving after seeing this film. Director Robert Schwentke’s (Insurgent and R.I.P.D.) dystopian follow-up dipped 44% compared with the $52.3 mil. opening haul by previous installment Insurgent. The film only grossed $29 mil. on its opening weekend, showing that its niche audience are loosing interest fast. It’s unfortunate how much this series has plummeted in quality since its debut in 2014. From here things can only get worse, right?
Allegiant is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity.
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