By Sarah Smith
The third film in the Divergent series made a mere $29.1 million its opening weekend and left audiences wondering why they wasted their money and time.
“Allegiant,” the third book in the series by Veronica Roth, is in an obvious ploy to make more money as the final book was divided into two movies. “Twilight and “The Hunger Games” also did this and were met with similar reviews. Rather than entertain audiences, the filmmakers of “Allegiant” left viewers asking why a 500-page book needed to be stretched into two films. Where “Harry Potter” managed to succeed in creating dual movies, “Allegiant” failed from a lack of content.
Shailene Woodley returns to her role as Tris, along with on-screen boyfriend Four, played by Theo James. The movie picks up where the last film ended (which is hard to remember since the last film wasn’t great either). They’re in post-apocalyptic Chicago and Four’s mother Evelyn (Naomie Watts) is leading the city after the death of Jeanine (Kate Winslet).
With plans as bad as her predecessor, Evelyn’s actions cause Tris, Four, Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Peter (Miles Teller) to climb over the city wall that separates them from the rest of the world. The group finds outside civilization in the form of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, located in what is currently Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The leader there, David (Jeff Daniels), has worse plans than Evelyn and eventually the audience finds out that everyone living in Chicago is a science experiment for the Bureau.
Scenes like Tris and Four’s awkward reunion, the Dr. Phil type of conversations between Tris and David and the main cast’s trek beyond the wall were dragged out and add nothing to the film. The special effects makes a mockery of modern day technology and creates scenes similar to video games rather than a blockbuster film. The plot involving David’s plans for Chicago made “Allegiant” seem like a crappy recycled version of the previous films. The only diamond in the rough throughout the film was Teller’s character and the constant questioning of whose side he was on.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the budget for “Ascendent,” the next installment in the series, has been slashed since “Allegiant” earned barely half of what the previous films have.
“Ascendant,” is due for release in June 2017, but after watching “Allegiant” this writer will be waiting for it to hit Netflix.