The Divergent Series: Allegiant

The Divergent Series: Allegiant
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The Divergent Series: Allegiant -The Hunger Maze of futility

So, wow, this was boring. Even the plot holes couldn’t muster a chuckle. This was just a draining two hours.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant is the third in this series about the divergent Tris (Shailene Woodley) rising above the chaos of a dystopian future in Chicago. The long title probably acts as a reminder that there were actually two prior films in the series – Divergent (2014) and Insurgent (2015), just in case you missed them. Certainly they are both far stronger films than this hopelessly weak third entry. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the first two in this trilogy (soon to be a quadrilogy – OMG!) then just forget it. You will have very little chance of trying to make sense of the story.

Jeff Daniels plays David and Naomi Watts plays Evelyn. I only mention this because I like both Jeff Daniels and Naomi Watts and I can’t believe they agreed to appear in this dross.

Theo James returns as Four, the eye candy for the young teen girls this franchise is fairly obviously aimed at, Lenny Kravitz’s daughter Zoe returns as Christina,and Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller return as a boring Caleb and constantly flip-flopping / no continuity Peter respectively.

'The Divergent Series: Allegiant'
Even an attractive cast featuring Theo james, Ansel Egort and Shailene Woodley can’t save ‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant.

Bill Skarsgard (television’s Hemlock Grove) is actually quite a welcome addition to the cast as the strangely cold Matthew, but is sadly under-used, and Maggie Q (Nikita) returns as Tori and almost makes it beyond bit-part before going the way of so many Red-shirts before her.

The plot is as weak as anything I’ve seen before, the characters as ridiculous and nonsensical as you could imagine, and the action sequences could not be less exciting. In fact, at one stage, during a chase sequence using flying ships, I actually kept thinking that the sequence was not dissimilar to a Loony Tunes cartoon (‘cept I really like Bugs Bunny. I didn’t like Allegiant).

Watch the first two and leave it at that. It’s actually a relatively satisfying conclusion. Don’t waste your time with this one.

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