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‘Allegiant’ disappoints fans

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by Alyssa Ruiz

Cheesy graphics, a futuristic environment, another new villain and yet another cliffhanger-ending is what to expect when seeing “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.”

As the film begins, the doors of the wall are closed, which also closes the hopes that Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Christina (Zoë Kravitz) and Peter (Miles Teller) had of crossing over the wall to freedom.

After a fight for freedom to get over the wall, it was apparent freedom wasn’t what they had expected it to be. The outside world consisted of dirty water, rustic dirt and vast emptiness. Did they just cross over to Mars?

Once greeted and taken by The Bureau it was clear they had been transported into a world unrecognizable to them.

Very unlike the other films in the movie franchise, it was hard to grasp the connections between all three films.

One main weakness the franchise has is the lack of answering questions that arise throughout the series in a timely manner. It has taken three films to finally reveal the reasoning behind the experiment of the city of Chicago.

Something that must be commended are the strong female characters portrayed, including main character Tris Prior. It was clear Tris’ hair wasn’t the only thing that grew in this movie; her desire and willpower did too.

She proved once again how much of a strong and independent female lead she is by going against people in power and standing up for what she believes in.

Although her beliefs were tested in this film, she was able to see the truth behind David (Jeff Daniels), leader of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, and do what was necessary to make the changes that must be done for the better of Chicago.

After the booming success of the first film “Divergent,” expectations for the rest of the series rose. Back in 2014 when the film premiered, it racked in $4.9 million on its Thursday night preview premiere.

The following year when the greatly anticipated second movie “Insurgent” premiered, sales dropped slightly to $4.1 million. The franchise’s popularity decline was apparent when the latest installment “Allegiant” only brought in $2.35 million on its Thursday night premiere.

Director Robert Schwentke, who directed the two previous films in the teen-obsessed movie franchise, in conjunction with the film’s screenwriters, decided to split the final movie into two parts, because that’s what every book-turned-movie series does.

The fourth and final installment of the franchise, “Ascendant” is set to premiere in the summer of 2017. Let’s hope for better quality graphics and a satisfying ending next year.

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