Honestly, the second film of the series, "Insurgent", had killed my hopes for the franchise. I was a fan of the first book, and I gave the first movie about a B-. I never read the remaining two books, however I saw the second movie, and it was more of a C-. I was expecting this series of declines to continue, however I was surprised to find that this one was better by a slight margin, however not enough to bump it up a grade.
Throughout the three movies, I have noticed something. Miles Teller is by far the best part of the film. This really shows how much he can act and bring some liveliness to an otherwise dead script. It's too bad that these talents did not show in the absolutely awful "Fantastic Four". Shailene Woodley was okay, but not amazing, and the same goes for Theo James and Ansel Elgort. Jeff Daniels did really well in his role. He played a role similar to that of his in "The Martian", and therefore it felt sort-of rehearsed, but in a good way.
The writing was not particularly good. The series took a complete turn from what it was in the first two, and I don't think that it was good. (Yes, I do realize that it is based on a book series, and therefore I am saying that I didn't like how the story turned.) The movie really, really tries to force its messages down your throat, much worse so than the prior two. When I say that, I mean that they really try to hammer it in until the point where it is excessive. The special effects were also awful. There were some parts that very obviously looked green-screened. The "plasma bubbles" or whatever the heck they were called looked so bad that I laughed.
So overall, "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" is not very good. I would advise you to skip it and wait for Redbox to watch it. Go see "10 Cloverfield Lane" instead if you are craving some sci-fi.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe, if I decide to re-watch the series before the fourth* installment.
*P.S.: When will the studios find out that splitting the last book into two movies creates franchise fatigue???
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