Relatively slow week before things really start ramping up for the summer season. We’ve got two movies on tap this week. Get ready for The Divergent Series: Allegiant and Miracle from Heaven.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
Have you been waiting with bated breath to learn the fate of Tris Prior? How she would ever navigate through the dystopian minefield of her world of preselected futures and a government hell bent on world domination? Me neither. I’d honestly forgotten these films were getting made. I assumed the last one that came out was the finale. Woops. There’s more.
See scenes from the next chapter in this series with the trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant:
Man is this franchise ever headed in the wrong critical direction. We started off with Divergent (40%) and then followed it up with Insurgent (29%). Both of which were underwhelming, at best. And now might come the worst one of them all. Early reviews on Allegiant are coming in near the basement. Through almost 30 reviews, it’s sitting under 20% on Rotten tomatoes, and judging by what folks have written so far, it doesn’t look like any real bump is coming. Critics are leveling the flick in a bad way. Our own Eric Eisenberg gave it 2 stars out of 5.
What may be a solid box office take because tweens are all over the book series hasn’t translated to the critical side, and the series doesn’t seem to have the effect of pulling non-believers into the story. Probably forever doomed to being compared to The Hunger Games (fairly or unfairly), the Divergent Series just hasn’t mustered up the same amount of buzz. Maybe some of it is source material or lack thereof. Maybe it’s just a poorly done series of flicks.
Director Robert Schwentke has a list of critical duds on the resume so far with movies like R.I.P.D. (13%) and The Time Traveller’s Wife (37%). He also directed the second in this series. Sure, he’s got Red (73%) thrown in there, but that appears the exception rather than the rule. This latest will fall well below the Mendoza line and be the worst so far in the series.