The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - Rouwen Lin

A DOU­BLE he­lix struc­ture? Can the sym­bol­ism be any more ob­vi­ous? Al­le­giant isn’t big on sub­tlety though some lines, de­liv­ered with a straight face, will likely strike a chord in many be­cause it is, at its core, a re­flec­tion of our world. “Lead­ers have to make tough de­ci­sions to pro­tect their peo­ple” – is this a rea­son or an ex­cuse?

How­ever, the most in­ter­est­ing thing in Al­le­giant, to me, is re­ally not what the char­ac­ters say or do. Rather, it is dis­cov­er­ing how all the fancy gad­gets in the movie work. At mul­ti­ple points in Al­le­giant, the third in­stall­ment in the Diver­gent se­ries, it feels like it has run out of things to say. But what it lacks in ideas, it makes up with cool- look­ing in­ven­tions ac­com­pa­nied by sound ef­fects that re­ally fit well. So it is all well and good – but is this re­ally how we want it to be?

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