The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before. After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. 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. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
What We Thought:
I saw the first two Divergent films at the theater and didn’t think much of them. I didn’t even bother seeing Allegiant at the theater and only now watched it on Blu-ray. The series has never done The Hunger Games type money, but the first two did decent. This one went nowhere.
Seeing it now, I can understand why. This one made even less sense than the first two. I have never read the books, but from what I’ve been told, the films are drastically different from the books anyways. There are rebels and powers that be and a really messed up futuristic dystopian Chicago. Plus the love story between Tris and Four and backstabbing and untrustworthy side characters.
The film looks 100% fake. For some reason, this series relies on CGI way more than other YA movies. Most of the background is fake. All the effects are fake. Add in wooden, expressionless acting and well, it’s not my thing.
My biggest issue with this film and this franchise is how pandering it is. I understand there is (or at least was) a Young Adult market and I’m not a young adult, but do these have to be so cheesy and mind numbing? This film just pounds you over the head with clichés and nonsense. We get it, leaders need to make the tough decisions to better and protect their people. I got it the first film and the second and now the third.
Of course there is the love story between Tris and Four and to this day I still laugh at how cheesy that started in the first time. It’s not much better here, but somehow the Tris character almost seems like a supporting role in this one.
The story in this reminded me more of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, but I liked that one a whole lot more than this. There’s similar subplots of going where you shouldn’t and trusted people turning on you.
I will say the Blu-ray does look pretty fantastic though. The colors, effects, costumes, and action all pop on your big screen in HD. It has full, easy to hear dialogue and solid sound effects. The Blu-ray is also jam-packed with bonus features so if you like these movies, definitely get the Blu-ray.
I’m not the target audience for The Divergent Series: Allegiant, but as the franchise continues, it seems to lose its audience. You can really see why this one disappointed at the box office. It’s super CGI heavy and none of the actors seem to want to be there. Unless you absolutely love these films, I see no need to watch this one. I can’t imagine how bad the final one will be.
ONLY RECOMMENDED FOR DIEHARDS!
- Battle in the Bullfrog
- Allegiant: Book to Film
- Audio Commentary with Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher
- Finding the Future: Effects & Technology
- Characters in Conflict
- The Next Chapter: Cast & Characters
- Building the Bureau
Cast & Crew:
- Shailene Woodley
- Theo James
- Jeff Daniels
- Maggie Q
- Naomi Watts
- Daniel Dae Kim
- Zoe Kravitz
- Miles Teller
- Octavia Spencer
- Ansel Elgort
Recommended If You Like:
- The Divergent Series
- The Hunger Games
- The Maze Runner