The Divergent Series was supposed to be the next Twilight, the next Hunger Games, a top-tier box office series that packs in the young people with tales of a fearless heroine trying to undermine a terrible dystopia and build a brighter future. The real story though was more of a horror, an Icarus-like tale about the dangers of flying too close to the sun because with the release of Allegiant this spring, it was clear Divergent had flown too close to the sun. Now Lionsgate is looking to cut its losses by taking Divergent to TV, but they shouldn’t expect star Shailene Woodley to help with the transition. (more…)
Yesterday, rumors started rumbling that The Divergent Series would be given an unceremonious end with a TV movie, and the possibility of a spin-off TV series. As of this moment, Lionsgate has said nothing official about it, so the matter is more in the category of possibility than probability, but still it’s one of those rumors that’s almost too unbelievable to be false. You’ve got to wonder though, how much do the people involved, particularly the franchise’s star, know about this possibility? Has she been told? Might she consider appearing on the Divergent TV movie? In the case of Shailene Woodley, the answer is a definitive, “What you talkin’ about, Willis?” (more…)
A few months ago, we here at NerdBastards let you know about the train-wreck that was Allegiant. This film was plagued by an awful script, pointless CG effects, and an overall dull experience. This came as no surprise to many of you, as most YA movies are notorious for being bland and unappealing outside their pre-teen audience. In addition, Lionsgate, the studio that behind the Divergent films, hasn’t exactly had a good year. From the notoriously awful animated film Norm of the North to the bloated mess that was Gods of Egypt, all of their 2016 wide releases so far have received scathing reviews from critics and audiences. One could easily blame Lionsgate’s CEO for letting these movies happen in the first place, but apparently, he feels the same way we do. (more…)
There’s a common theory that going into a movie with low expectations will help you appreciate it more and leave you pleasantly surprised. That’s certainly not the case for Allegiant.
The Divergent series had the potential to be the next Hunger Games. The first film boasted an amazing cast (except for the incredibly boring Theo James), had some impressive action sequences, and built an interesting world that left viewers wanting more. Sure it had an incredibly dull love story and a slew of YA cliches, but it was still a pretty decent effort with great franchise potential. However, the second film pretty much flushed that potential down the toilet with bad dialogue, an overload of subplots and a convoluted story. So at this point, why should we even bother reviewing Allegiant? Because we here at Nerd Bastards are gluttons for punishment.
Although it lacks the cultural and financial punch of either Twilight or The Hunger Games film series, Divergent marches on to its inevitable two-part conclusion thanks to nearly $600 million in global box office sales for part one and part two. Insurgent was released earlier this year, and it included a number of particular revelations that blows up the concept of the series, and takes it into the grand, wide open world beyond the wall around post-apocalyptic Chicago. So what adventures await Tris, Four and the rest of the gang? Read the book! Or, better still, check out the first trailer for Allegiant below. (more…)