Four (Theo James) and Peter (Miles Teller) in a scene from THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, directed by Robert Schwentke.
Four (Theo James) and Peter (Miles Teller) in a scene from THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, directed by Robert Schwentke. Photo Credit: Murray Close

Movie review: Allegiant, the runt of the pack

THE critics have been ruthless about this film, and it's fair to say that Allegiant suffers of Third Child Syndrome.

Allegiant is not the shiny novelty that the 'first born' Divergent was, nor it is the second child Insurgent, all action-packed and full of twists.

Hopes are a bit higher (and budgets a bit fatter) for the final film, Ascendant, due to be released June 2017.

This film is the runt of the pack, and as a mother of four put to me bluntly, sometimes the third child ends up being a better person due to the neglect they suffer.

Have producers been unjust to their third Divergent child? Let's see:

  • This film is the first part of the final book. So, in theory, the story is incomplete and as such it cannot compete with its older siblings.
  • Allegiant was not released on 3D. In the cinematic world this is the equivalent of not posting your new baby's images on Facebook. It shows you want this release to be forgotten in 2D wasteland. A bit harsh.
  • Who is the lead? Theo James's character Four has become way more popular than the lead character Tris, making this one of the most awkward franchises in the history of 'epic franchises with a female lead dealing with sci-fi post-apocalyptic stories set in the near future' genre.

So, what is this film about?

After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent (the world is not what they thought it was and nobody is getting a day off this Christmas Day because Christmas was cancelled long ago), Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to discover the truth of the world around them.

I watched Allegiant with a person who had never seen any of the Divergent flicks (yes, I found one) and they enjoyed the film, and saw no flaws on it, despite the obvious fact that this is the runt of a bigger pack.

Allegiant

  • Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels
  • Director: Robert Schwentke
  • Reviewer: Javier Encalada
  • Verdict: 3/5

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