Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review: The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

               'Allegiant' Is Like The Bureau of Generic Welfare

     When two of the characters go on a flying pod and put it on autopilot, that had me thinking "That's what this movie feels like."

    The Divergent Series: Allegiant continues the story of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) as she looks to climb over the wall that has kept her and everyone she knows and loves away from the outside world all her life. While Tris' boyfriend's mother Evelyn (Naomi Watts) becomes in charge of the crumbling city of Chicago, when Tris and her friends reach the outside world, they discover some deep and dark hidden secrets once they meet the mysterious leader of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare named David (Jeff Daniels).

    There is one person among the cast that stood out. That person was Miles Teller as Tris' frenemy Peter. Even if Miles Teller was just being...Miles Teller, a sarcastic wise guy, he still bought some energy to each scene he was in. Theo James as Tris' boyfriend also tries his best with what he is given. Sadly, I can't say the same for the other actors.

    Most of the other actors, which are extremely talented, were all phoning their roles in. Shailene Woodley sleepwalks through the whole thing. You can tell she wants to get this series over with. It's unfortunate this series hasn't quite made her the next Jennifer Lawrence. Naomi Watts constantly looks like she is being held against her will. It's as if she keeps saying, "I want to get out of this mess! Give me my paycheck!". Octavia Spencer, who is also in this, is completely wasted while Jeff Daniels, much like Naomi Watts, was just waiting patiently for his check to clear.

    Since the film is split into two halves, they had trouble finding a director for the second half. When watching this, it's not hard to see why. After the end, they could've easily ended the series right there. But noooo. Hollywood has to churn out another one to make more money. Although this film isn't exactly lighting box office fire. Also, this film drags on for way too long. It dragged on to the point where I would look away from the screen time to time.

   Lastly, the story was way too predictable. Tris finds out she's the purest of all the Divergents aka The One. Of course she is. The Bureau of Genetic Welfare turns out to be evil! Wow, I did not see that coming. I mean, you can sense each reveal from a mile away.

   Overall, The Divergent Series: Allegiant is a very slick looking yet mundane entry in this film series full of wasted talent and recycled storytelling. By the time it's over, you'll probably forget about it like I have.

Grade: D+