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Allegiant Review (2016)

What a rock-bottom! Allegiant is a big bummer!

From the enthralling tales that were so successfully luring us towards its nail-biting enclaves, comes another one, a rather dismissive twist that takes the plot to weird levels of alcoves from where there is no possible return. The movie franchise has met an ugly thud and now we are left with a stale taste in our palate. We are thinking can someone really revive this?

ALLEGIANT: A LOST PROJECT

Just an year ago, Robert Schwentke had wrapped us a thrilling sequel to the first part where things seemed really promising. It was a fast paced dig, au contraire, to the first installment and acquainted us to a fantastical world of simulations. I don’t know how his direction degraded for Allegiant to meet complete chaos.

The fact that we had a pre-written storyline in our baggage for Allegiant should have actually helped not played against Schwentke. His direction goes dodgy at so many occasions that it is hard to just pinpoint one. Also, the plot jack-hammers into a recess that we weren’t really expecting it to converge into. Even though it was supposed to be from Veronica Roth’s perspective, we could have used some better helming to ease into some mind-numbing revelations. The shoddy display at points where it mattered the most proves how little director cared about its eye-openers.

SPOILERS FLYING AHEAD

What messed with matters further was the dramatic quotient of Allegiant. The fact that Tori gets lost amidst a ruckus, and the next-to-absent “Evelyn and Johanna Reyes war” makes things even worse. Jeff Daniels plays a great David although his hands seemed more tied and his perversion not milked enough.

BETTER DIRECTOR?

Sometimes I think it is almost time to hand over the reins of the franchise into hands of a better TV show director. We could really use a better insight. You can watch it if you are inquisitive enough and are wanting to know what happens next.

Insurgent Review (2015)

Insurgent is a fast paced thrilling joyride!

Good thing we have gradually stepped into the dark in this one. Roth isn’t afraid to kill people any more, and we don’t mind watching the dead!

With the release of Divergent last year, and the mediocrity it skimmed on, Insurgent seemed like a long shot. But boy does it prove everyone wrong. The flick comes in strong with a lot of action and thrilling acts of defiance. It is one hell of a joyride wrapped up beautifully in one fine editing thread of awesomeness.

Plot runs gorgeously complementing the acting prowess of Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. Theo James still lacks the gravity of the extraordinary but works just fine with Shailene in the vanguard. Miles Teller is an exceptional and inevitable element to the tale and is still amazing behind the lens. Jai Courtney is ruthless as ever and Zoe, well she hasn’t been given much screen time here.

The time that has been squeezed out of action is well spent on drama, where Shailene simply blows you away. She is relatable and does manage to weigh in on your emotional heart with her breaking voice and concerned countenance. Dream sequences in the movie are quite exceptional. Withering buildings and bodies look really badass when fragmenting.

SPOILERS:

There are several instances in the movie where the direction seems to be abruptly gliding towards dodgy. Like the unrealistic direction when Edgar finds out about Four’s true identity. Also, Caleb’s reluctance to continue the sojourn spoiled by Ansel’s drab acting and Shailene and Theo’s shallow comeback. Missing gravity on Theo’s face would occasionally compel the movie to circle mediocre flames. The flick also misses out on character development for some crucial elements, for instance, introduction of Uriah to the tale was pretty bland and abrupt. Also, we don’t get a proper glimpse into Johanna’s life either.

Wrapping up a book in two hours is hard. To what Robert Schwentke managed in a flick is worth commendable. If only the franchise grated itself on a fully fledged TV series, it would be a whole different story to show every bit from the book in an amplified manner. But whatever we have on the big screen is still pretty dope. We can work with it. Go watch this beauty!