Saturday, March 26, 2016

Book-to-Movie Review: ALLEGIANT (2016)


Ok, so I just saw The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and although there were mixed to negative reviews on the movie, I decided to push those aside and see the film for myself. Mostly because I'm a YA book-turned-movie lover, and I support good movies. 

This movie wasn't terrible by any means. It was actually pretty good! Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four) did fantastic with what they were given. I thought they had great chemistry. Even supporting actors like Zoe Kravitz (christina), Ansel Elgort (Caleb) and Miles Teller (Peter) did a good job, again with what they were given. Miles Teller was the comic relief of the film, as he was in the last two films. I could never tell if he was remotely good or bad in his actions. At some times he seemed like a complete dick, other times, he just didn't know where to stand. Also, other  supporting acts like Octavia Spencer (Johanna) and Naomi Watts (Evelyn) were good, although Evelyn got on my nerves with her ignorance and heavy need to be a dictator just as bad a Jeanine (you are missed, Kate Winslet!). 


The story itself was good in the beginning, but when Tris, Four and all them went into the new Bureau over the Chicago wall, things became a little all over the place. When they got to the Bureau to meet the director David (Jeff Daniels), David told Tris that "she is the only one" who is genetically pure. She is the only one who is able to cure everyone of their "damaged" selves. Four is also damaged, which caused a strain in their relationship. But in turn, it was really David whom wasn't to be trusted, and the gang had to band together to stop the Bureau from kidnapping children in the community to wipe their memories and create a new world order. 

Some parts, like when Evelyn released the toxic gas in the air and everyone didn't get affected, even she didn't. I was surprised that no one else got affected by the gas in the air, even when they were running from it outside the city. How did they not inhale it? They didn't cover their faces or noses. How did they get back out? But in the end, Tris got underground and found the power source of the gas to stop it from wiping everyone's memories out. 


Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Nita (Nadia Hilker) and Four supposed to have some sort of fling, and Tris got jealous in the book? In the movie, it was toned down a lot. Four and Nita got along fine, but they didn't have that connection they were supposed to, like I remembered in the book. 

But anyway, the movie was good. Not great, but way better than last year's Insurgent. 

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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