Another Divergent movie falls flat
Allegiant is just as disappointing as its predecessors.
April 25, 2016
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A girl in black clothes runs through battle, her attractive feminist-supporting boyfriend right behind her. They tear through the corrupt government’s defenses, as apparently highly trained officers seriously need some more target practice. Racing through a technology filled building, they arrive face to face with their high-powered official nemesis. Playful banter ensues, followed by a brief scuffle in which the couple are victorious. Cheerful, yet empowering music plays and the credits roll.
This is a description of every blockbuster teenage dystopian book turned movie in the last three years. So while this may have been a summary of the movie Allegiant, who would have ever guessed.
This series has been doomed from its abysmal first installment, Divergent. An excellently written book following a society divided into five different personality types, its movie was an incredibly painful two hours of dull. After movie number two unleashed a similar result, I was quite frankly surprised the third installment was in the works, let alone that I would be watching it.
And once again, a Divergent movie pitifully failed.
Granted, the movie was exceedingly better than its predecessor, Insurgent. It artfully captured its futuristic technology and radioactive wasteland setting. New cast additions such as Bill Skarsgård and Jeff Daniels offered brilliant portrayals of their book characters. The main character finally wore something besides all black, at least for a little bit.
But Allegiant suffered a fatal flaw, spending the entire film desperately clinging to every stereotype of its genre. It is still just another story of a girl discovering she is “special,” starting a revolution in another high tech world with another token boyfriend.
Allegiant merely falls seamlessly in line with every other teenage dystopian drama attempting to mirror each detail of The Hunger Games, hoping and praying for some of its infamous success. Three years later, and the Dystopian genre is simply movies trying to outdo each other in portrayals of the same cliches. Allegiant was bound to fail, because it is stuck in a dead genre.
And to be frank, we are all getting tired of the “one girl defying all logic and changing the unjust society” bit. The Divergent series was published at a crucial time to the Dystopia game, providing the “next big thing” to The Hunger Games. Now, Tris Prior is just another shy girl that changed the laws of the world through some newfound confidence and some boy candy. Allegiant missed its window of relevance by three years, and just no one cares anymore.
Divergent series producers, please spare everyone the time and money and do not make an Allegiant part 2. It is not worth the repeated heartbreak it will cause you or the Veronica Rossi’s dedicated readers.