Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Movie Review: Allegiant (2016)

Movie: Allegiant (2016)

Director: Robert Schwentke

Writer: Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, & Veronica Roth (novel)

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Bill Skarsgard, Maggie Q, & Daniel Dae Kim

One-Line Plot Synopsis: In the third installment of the Divergent series, Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) try to get through the city wall that is enclosing Chicago.

The third installment in the Divergent series after Divergent and Insurgent, comes Allegiant.  Each movie keeps getting slightly worse than the last one.  The first film, Divergent, was already a poor man's Hunger Games, but pretty good when all was said and done.  The second film was a little less good, but just some decent popcorn movie action.  Now we're on the third installment of this money making cow of an enterprise and the product continues to go on downward trajectory.  So much so in fact, that the fourth movie, named Ascendant, is actually going to be a TV movie.  At first look, you would think that making $66 million domestically would be pretty good.  But then you look at the budget of the movie being $110 million and it doesn't look so good after that.

Divergent: $151 million
Insurgent: $130 million (14% decrease from Divergent)
Allegiant: $66 million (49% decrease from Insurgent)

So, no wonder they're trying to make it into a TV movie...and maybe a TV spin-off series after that.

I think it's always amazing to take a look at the cast of these movies and then look at the actual finished product.  Jeff Daniels, Naomi Watts, & Octavia Spencer are all Oscar nominees.  Not to mention young up-and-comers Miles Teller and Shailene Woodly, who should probably get nominated eventually with their acting chops.

The one thing that is truly astonishing about this movie is that the special effects were so shit considering this movie had a freaking $110 million budget.  Seriously, just watch the scene where they all scale the wall.  It looks ridiculous.  Video games have 100x better graphics than that scene alone with probably 5% of the budget.  

The whole movie is basically just the group of kids running away trying to get farther away from "the machine" and making everything right and equal in the world.  For some reason, even after everything that has happened in her life, Tris continues to believe everything that the people in charge tell her...'cause that's always worked right?  They weren't so concerned with plot in this one...or special effects...or entertainment apparently.

Just as a side note, another Ansel Elgort song that's actually pretty dope, again.

I still can't stand Zoe Kravitz but she literally seems to be in every fucking movie I'm watching.  Like, seriously, how is she even working this's ridiculous. 

Rating: 3.75/10