HOLLYWOOD—I recall a few years back when “Divergent” first arrived in theaters. My first thought was, great, a flick similar to “The Hunger Games” starring Jennifer Lawrence. While there were many similarities between the flicks, there were some slight variations in the narrative in the “Divergent” franchise starring Shailene Woodley. I thought the second chapter in the series “Insurgent,” was an explosive, fun ride.
I wish I could say the same thing about this third chapter, “Allegiant.” This latest installment in the franchise, which was actually broken into separate parts; yes this is something that has become a bit of a trend. The days of “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games” and other flicks being broken up in parts 1 and 2 I think are long over.
This third chapter sees Tris (Woodley) and Tobias/Four (Theo James) finally venture out of the walls that have contained them in Chicago. The two heroes along with Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Peter (Miles Teller) elude the impending war to see the outside world that they have been cut off from.
I must say I am missing Kate Winslet’s character, Jeanine Matthews who I found to be an equal adversary to our heroes. In “Allegiant,” the villain, if that even suits David (Jeff Daniels) is an understatement. Does he embody villainous moments? At times yes, but his presence isn’t something that creates a sense of dread for the spectator. That has become an ongoing trend in cinema. We have narratives that suffer because of villains who don’t qualify as equal adversaries to the hero.
Some would pinpoint that Evelyn (Naomi Watts), who portrays Four’s mother, is a bit more of a villain than a hero. Yes, her motives throughout the film are questionable which raises the question of precisely what she is after. Watching “Allegiant” made me wonder precisely what was transpiring most of the time.
For a movie that is hinting that the end is near, it seemed a bit all over the place. Questions of trust rose to the surface yet again, characters that seemed like allies become enemies and our heroes are left questioning just what they are fighting for. While I thought the first two installments in the franchise were full of epic action sequences, this third chapter just disappoints. If you come to see a sci-fi action flick, you expect to see a bit of action; not sprinkles here and there as “Allegiant” delivers.
What is even further disappointing is the big climax. So with one chapter left in the franchise, I see myself as well as fans of the novel series wondering precisely how this final chapter will conclude. Even worse, rather it’s worth venture into the theater to see how it all unfolds on the big screen.