The lack of effort on-screen in The Divergent Series: Allegiant is at an all time low for the franchise. The third film in the series is filled with veteran actors including Jeff Daniels and Naomi Watts, plus up and coming young stars like Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. Unfortunately the cast seems to be just going through the motions bringing nothing new to their characters. In defense of the cast, they’re given nothing to work with in terms of script or direction with themes and ideas we’ve seen over and over again in other Hunger Games clones that invade our cinemas looking for box office glory.
Allegiant picks up right where Insurgent left off Evelyn (Naomi Watts) taking over Chicago and ruling over the funky factions who are dissolving into violence. The people of the surviving groups are told not to go outside the wall that surrounds them. In predictable plot direction, Tris (Woodley), Four (Theo James) and a goofy Miles Teller whose character has evolved into a wacky pain in the neck neighbor from an 80’s sitcom set out past the barriers to find out the truth. I won’t get into the twist, but it’s something we’ve seen in countless other Sci-Fi films and does nothing to help make the franchise interesting. If anything it brings more confusion to the convoluted plot.
Besides the bad script, acting and special effects, which really stand out in Allegiant, much of the problems in the new installment falls on its lead Shailene Woodley as the Divergent Tris. The Fault in Our Stars actress cannot pull off the action scenes. You need to have presence on camera in a role this extreme and there’s not enough special effects in Hollywood to grace Woodley with the look of athletic ability. Shailene Woodley is a great actress as proven in roles like The Descendants and The Spectacular Now, but just like Julia Roberts. The action genre is not for her and it shows in Allegiant.
The one thing you can say about The Divergent Series and this new installment Allegiant is that the franchise is consistent. Each new film in the series is worse than the last. What’s more unfortunate is there is one more film to complete The Divergent Series in the near future.
Overall, I give The Divergent Series: Allegiant 1 out of 4 stars.