film series has noticeably gone downhill from the start: Divergent was not exactly a new YA dystopian story but good; Insurgent was uncomfortably fast paced but okay; and now Allegiant is not only both poor and mind-numbing but it is not even accurate to the book. While Insurgent changed a few things from book to film, Allegiant does not follow the book at all. In my opinion, it should not even be considered as movie adaption of the book, it's more like a 'loosely based' film on a novel by Veronica Roth. We follow our protagonists, captivatingly strong Tris and perpetually interesting Four, through the wastelands and into the hands of, the sinisterly titled, Bureau of Genetic Welfare, led by David (Jeff Daniels).
In contrast to the books, it is quite obvious that each film in the Divergent franchise has had a different group of screenwriters, and this time Noah Oppenheim (Maze Runner) along with Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Exodus: God and Kings) have the pen but hardly do the book justice. A vast majority of the dialogue falls to ground much like the bulky transports featured in the film, and some of the plot points are predictable and obvious beyond belief. Large chunks of the film's running time is wasted and hardly anything seems to happen, no surprise there considering that the third book has been split into two parts. Yes, people, we will have another 'book to movie adaption' split into two parts, as if we haven't already done that (i.e. Twilight, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, etc). It is quite obvious that the decision to split the final novel into two was purely made for monetary reasons, a gamble which appears not to have paid off when you consider the opening box office earnings ($29 million) vs the movie budget ($110 million)
The special effects are confusing, disheveled, and blotchy in places. Here we see multiple occasions of Tris being called up to David's office for meetings where she exchanges some of the dullest exposition dialogue heard throughout the film. The set of David's office is so over-designed to the point of distraction and it the green-screen work throughout the film is poorly done and almost nothing looks real, especially when you consider that Divergent's special effects were pretty good maybe not perfect but good on their own.
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