Please, I beg of you, do NOT go see Allegiant.

Please, I beg of you, do NOT go see Allegiant.

Gabi Dykema, Staff Writer

Allegiant hit theaters this past Friday, March 18th, and it seems that all the last installment of the Divergent trilogy brought to viewers was disappointment and wasted time.

For many fans of the “Divergent” book series, this didn’t come as much of a surprise after a shocking twist to end the second film threw the audience into confusion and frustration, leading them to dread how the filmmakers would salvage the broken series. I’m probably not the first to tell you that their efforts were minuscule in Allegiant, which drew no applause from viewers on opening night, especially in one particular moviegoer: me. Allegiant did, however, surface strong emotions in a movie aficionado and bookworm like myself; but they were most definitely not the ones that producers intended on bringing about as the film was released.

The movie had a promising start as it opened with main characters Tris Prior and Four affectionately kissing over the fallen Chicago and discussing what the future held for them. I’m not sure where exactly I recall the movie taking a turn for the worst, but it very well could’ve been any moment after that first opening scene. My whole problem was with this movie’s potential; Veronica Roth’s book series carried so much potency that it seemed like the movies should have been nothing more than a copy and paste to success. Somehow, though, filmmakers managed to screw up Allegiant so much that I was actually confused as to how they could’ve botched it to that to degree.

Where did they screw it up, you might ask? Well, their first problem was their cheesy, overdone script that left good actors, like Divergent natives Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, with nothing to work with, and new actors with even less. The screenwriting seemed so horrifying that at several points throughout the movie, I literally turned to the person next to me and started laughing. Perhaps the best example was when villain David, played by Jeff Daniels, has his plan foiled and begins yelling “Nooooo!” to absolutely no one, as the uplifting, ‘we did it’ music starts playing in the background. I kid you not. Yes, it really happened, and yes, I question my decision to have paid not only for tickets to opening night, but to the IMAX screening as well.

Another botched area was the futuristic technology that tried to distract viewers from the disaster of a plot line as the movie zigzagged on. While the cool tech was meant to astonish viewers as Tris and her gang of ex-Dauntless pals explored what was beyond the wall, it seemed like they were trying too hard to take the sci-fi movie and turn it into a sci-fi brag of how cool they could make the gadgets in the film.

This movie deserves less than a sentence of review to its name, and I doubt whether it would’ve even hit theatres if the first Divergent movie had not been such a success. No, this is not a review, this is a plea; if you were planning on going to see this movie out of curiosity or for whatever reason, I implore you to rethink your decision. Allegiant is an end to a series that can be summed up in only one word: disappointing.