The Divergent Series: Allegiant Review

Cast

Credited cast:
Shailene Woodley Shailene Woodley
Theo James Theo James
Zoë Kravitz Zoë Kravitz
Naomi Watts Naomi Watts
Miles Teller Miles Teller
Maggie Q Maggie Q
Ansel Elgort Ansel Elgort
Jeff Daniels Jeff Daniels

Plot- After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.

Review- A quick tip to any directors out there, if the effects in your mid-budget 2016 released film look inferior to those of 1982 classic Tron- then please redo them because that’s the kind of thing that can take an audience of out of a film.

Also, if your idea of showing that people are being observed via some incredibly invasive and yet completely undetectable camera network is to fill the screen with blinking squares that give the audience a headache then please head back to the drawing board.

Anything else?

Please ensure that the audience feels that something was accomplished during the film. Now, I know that this is going to be difficult in something that is basically The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials with a few tweaks here and there but please try. This film feels like one massive exposition dump with a few ‘action’ sequences stuffed in here and there to wake the audience up.

Oh, if you are going to have a character who basically does nothing but spout confusing and uninteresting exposition then might I recommend Dan Akroyd instead of a (visibly bored) Jeff Daniels? Oh, and actually putting people with some form of chemistry/interest in their lines/world that they are supposed to be inhabiting in the lead roles might help.

Finally, if your franchise is as forgettable as this, please don’t have the finale full of mind-wiping gas, the jokes just sort of write themselves.

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My Score- Poor 

 

Note- 

allegiant  (əˈliːdʒənt) 

Definitions

noun

  1. a person who displays constancy, duty, and faithfulness, esp to a ruling body

adjective

  1. having or displaying constancy, duty, and faithfulness, esp to a ruling body   ⇒ I shouldn’t be surprised that our elected officials want to indoctrinate the next flock of voters to be even more blindly allegiant.

 

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The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Review

 

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth Liam Hemsworth
Woody Harrelson Woody Harrelson
Donald Sutherland Donald Sutherland
Philip Seymour Hoffman Philip Seymour Hoffman
Julianne Moore Julianne Moore

Plot: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

Review 

Is that it?

In the last six months I have seen that trailer (which naturally contained all the films best bits bar none) more than I have seen my own mother. When the previous film was boring me to a stupor that threatened to become a full on doze at least I comforted myself that this film was going to be more action-focused.

Wrong.

Oh, and about those previous movies…. The film assumes that you’ve watched them straight before this one as no effort is made to introduce the plot, characters, situation….

There is a lot to like about this film. James Newton Howard does his usual sterling job on the soundtrack, a lot of the shots are exquisite, its clear that the costume designers were told “go nuts” and are having the time of their lives.

All the actors are putting in good performances, and I liked the way that it wrapped up all its lose ends.

But I was still bored stiff.

How can I put this? The heroine was useless. If Katniss and her unit/group of red-shirts had stayed at home playing Monopoly then the plot would not have been impacted in the slightest. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, films like Saving Private Ryan and Fury have proven that this can work, except in neither of those film was a character meant to be “the one” who can save the world.

The budget for this film was allegedly 160 million dollars and I have no idea where the money went. In the cinema, I was mentally trying to guess the budget and I came up with half that amount. The action scenes are small, with no stand out moments, most of the filming takes place on empty streets so where did all the money go?

Walking out of a sold out cinema, the atmosphere was lukewarm, no-body was discussing their favorite moment or how clever the satire was. It was on, it didn’t offend me, it stopped. Except, I was expecting more. I wanted the action, I wanted the suspense, I wanted a villain who didn’t seem to know from minute one that the game was up.

In short?

I want the film that I was promised in the trailers.

My Score- If Nothing Else

Final Note:

On February 6, 2015, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that there could be a potential fifth film in the Hunger Games franchise – a sequel or a prequel.