Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Caleb,
(Miles Teller), and Christina venture beyond the wall surrounding Chicago as they
go searching for what is left out there after the message from the box (at the
end of INSURGENT) is played. Evelyn,
Four’s mother, tries to keep everyone within the city and enforce mob justice
on those under the regime of the former leader Jeanne. Tris and company find
the Bureau of Genetic
Affairs lead by David (Jeff Daniels).
Can David be trusted as the people outside Chicago
look for Genetically Pure people as they look down as anyone genetically
modified as damaged?
ALLEGIANT is loosely based on the third and final
the DIVERGENT series (where Summit
has decided to adapt the book as two movies with Part 2- ASCENDANT to be
released next year). It has great
action scenes, but it has bad science and it is a bad science fiction movie. The
actors deliver their lines as best as
they can, but the script is a mess as it seems like they use the book’s plot as
merely a suggestion at times. The land
outside Chicago looks like a red
sand toxic land with toxic rain which doesn’t make much sense since the big war
was 200 years ago unless the reduced population land of the future are super
polluters compared to today’s world.
Then you have futuristic aircraft with energy bubbles which would waste
lots of energy. I think the writers and producers
just wanted to create what they think is a post-apocalyptic dystopia whether
science is right or not. I don’t think
they give a damn about the science in this science fiction movie.
The third movie in the DIVERGENT movie series
is a set-up for a final conflict in ASCENDANT
which makes me wonder if they would have been better served in making the book
one movie instead of two (plus I heard they may be slash the final film’s
budget by a few million before shooting begins). The first two movies
had a uniform look and
story in tone while ALLEGIANT is a total 180 (even more than the book) from the
first two movies (DIVERGENT and INSURGENT).
They also don’t focus enough on the group called the Allegiant as they
do in the book. The third movie is passable
enough to watch, but it may not hold enough for repeat viewings like DIVERGENT
and INSURGENT does. I do hope the
writers and producers do manage to make a good finale with ASCENDANT, but all
is hope if the script is anything like the script for ALLEGIANT.
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