The third installment of ‘The Divergent Series’ is here — but it may not be what you’re expecting. Here’s what the critics have to say.
Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort are back and fighting for their lives in the The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which was the final book of the series. It will be stretched over two movies and this is part one — something that critics don’t seem too thrilled about. Read the reviews below, then let us know if you’ll see it this weekend!
The story is abysmal, and also shamefully derivative of the last two movies. For example, the entire plot hinges on yet another mind-control scheme. But that’s nothing compared to the film’s many convoluted plot points that try to flesh out the world but ultimately flounder in their half-baked presentation. It’s almost as if the screenwriters — or the author; I’m not sure which — made up the story as they went along. Allegiant is a prime example of everything that’s wrong with modern YA sequels. Instead of embracing or building upon its core themes and constructs, it tears them all down with a wrecking ball of CGI and nonsensical storytelling. While the new movie at least tries to replace the old with some new, the execution falls flat and hardly makes any sense at all. Which just goes to show, this is yet another movie that didn’t need to be split into two parts.
Intrigued? Don’t be. You thought maybe the old caste cast system that divided the city into five factions (Erudite, Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Amity) died with Jeanine. Joke’s on you. David’s got his own system, which basically turns his new plan into the same old plan we had before with worse screenwriting, lousier acting, tortoise-pacing and way cheesier computer effects. Director Robert Schwentke and his trio of writers haven’t given us a single reason to hang around for the last installment, due out next year and laughably called Ascendant — ironic, considering the only place the misbegotten series is going is down down down.
Here we realize that by opening the box at the end of the previous film, Tris revealed herself to be not “divergent,” nor special, but effectively the same genetic state as everyone sitting in the movie theater — which is to say, purely average. Maybe the fourth film will recover what made Tris such a unique heroine, although in contrast with the divided last chapters of “Harry Potter” and “The Hunger Games,” there’s no epic villain for us spend the intervening year rooting against. And with no real cliffhanger to keep us interested, after “Divergent,” “Insurgent” and “Allegiant,” we can’t help feeling a little Impatient.
So, will you be seeing it this weekend?