In the third entry in The Divergent Series, Tris and Four, along with allies from Chicago set off to escape the city and find out what lies beyond the wall. When they discover a radioactive and desolate landscape they also discover the reason behind the factions and the city they have been trapped in.
The Divergent Series so far has not been a bad franchise, but it's not necessarily been any good either, I've left the previous two entries feeling completely indifferent towards the films but Allegiant has taken the series down a notch and is definitely the worst in the saga so far.
If you're reading this review, the most likely scenario is you've seen the previous two films so I won't bother delving into those stories. Allegiant takes our characters out of Chicago and into the world beyond the wall. They find a safe haven run by David (Jeff Daniels), a man who knows why the factions were created and that Tris is a pure human. Whilst all others in Chicago are "damaged", Tris is "pure" and they've all been part of a radical experiment to make all in the city like her. Unsurprisingly, David is yet another untrustworthy and scheming leader that our protagonists must defy.
If that plot synopsis didn't hook you then I'm not surprised, because like you, I felt the same throughout the film. The story is packed with technical jargon and babble that doesn't help passive viewers who are not totally engaged with the story, the characters are either unlikable or flat and the performances aren't great either, despite the impressive cast. Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer) and Jeff Daniels (Steve Jobs) all have roles in the film and none of them stand out despite all being well respected and talented actors. Miles Teller who has proven to be a very talented actor with roles in Whiplash and The Spectacular Now might be the worst of the bunch, in the past he expressed his lack of excitement for the franchise and that definitely comes through in his performance. Leading the film are Shailene Woodley (The Fault In Our Stars) and Theo James (The Inbetweeners Movie) and the two certainly have chemistry but like the rest of the cast, they don't give performances worth remembering.
The biggest crime that Allegiant and The Divergent Series commits as a whole is the total lack of originality. The parallels with The Maze Runner are so obvious and distracting that it's hard to think of the story as anything other than derivative. Our characters are trapped in a location as part of a mysterious experiment, they learn that the outside world has been ravaged by war and humanity itself and that they are the ones who can return the world to it's former glory. That's the basic gist of it throughout the film the similarities just started occurring more and more often.
What I can say about Allegiant is that it's action scenes are well directed, they're well choreographed and rather entertaining, but even so, there simply isn't enough action. A lot of Allegiant's run time is given to exposition dialogue. The CGI is also rather terrible and completely detracts from any world building the filmmakers attempt.
Whether you're a fan of the franchise or simply a curious viewer, I can't recommend seeing Allegiant. I'm giving it a 3.6/10.
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