Allegiant, the book, is a great story and they somehow managed to turn it into an awful screenplay. It’s strange being able to watch a film and just know that it’s the worst of its uncompleted franchise. Unfortunately that’s exactly what I experienced whilst watching Allegiant.
If you’ve read the book then you still have very little idea what this film is about. Obviously when it comes to adaptations there is a lot of creative license and you’re expected to change aspects of the story. Only those changes are for the improvement of the film and that’s something that they didn’t get right in Allegiant.
The events of the movie follow on immediately after Insurgent and the city is approaching anarchy after finding out that there are people beyond the world and having most of their leaders killed. If anarchy was supposed to be a theme of the film then in that respect they did a fantastic job because the plot is incredibly confusing in the sense of there being any motivation for a lot of what people do. Why can’t they go beyond the wall? Why do you continue chasing them beyond the wall? Why are you trusting that person? Do the writers even know?
For me, the visual effects were the worst part of the film. I honestly don’t know if it was a matter of not trying hard enough or trying too hard but it just didn’t work. An interesting and technically beautiful landscape was created but it didn’t work well within the realm of the film – it was so overtly fake that any action taking place in a wide shot was overshadowed by this computer-generated wasteland that would be more at home in a video game.
The really good parts of this movie lay in the character interactions. The cast for this movie are a fantastic set of actors: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Watts & Jeff Daniels work well as an ensemble but they have so little to work with. The beauty of the first film, Divergent, was the story and the characters but that was side-lined for unnecessary action sequences and visual effects showcases. Short conversations and small moments weren’t enough to save this film but they kept it afloat.
Speaking of characters, Miles Teller playing Peter did a brilliant job of breathing some air into the story with his easy comedic style. Miles Teller is almost always guaranteed to improve any film that he’s in and that’s what he did here.
Ultimately I think that this is what happens when you try to squeeze two films out of one book. This film wasn’t particularly good but it looks as though it was just back-story and build-up for the final film which will reach cinemas this time next year.
What did you think of Allegiant? Do you like Jeff Daniels as the antagonist? Are you into the story? Let me know in the comments.