Thursday, March 19, 2015

Divergent Series: Insurgent
Releases March 20th, 2015
1 hr 58 mins
Rated PG-13
Action/Adventure, Romance


Director: Robert Schwentke
Writers: Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback (based on novel by Veronica Roth)

Shailene Woodley as Beatrice "Tris" Prior
Theo James as Tobias "Four" Eaton
Octavia Spencer as Johanna Reyes
Jai Courtney as Eric Coulter
Ray Stevenson as Marcus Eaton
Zoë Kravitz as Christina
Miles Teller as Peter Hayes
Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior
Maggie Q as Tori Wu
Naomi Watts as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton
Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews
Mekhi Phifer as Max
Ashley Judd as Natalie Prior
Daniel Dae Kim as Jack Kang
Keiynan Lonsdale as Uriah Pedrad
Suki Waterhouse as Marlene
Rosa Salazar as Lynn
Emjay Anthony as Hector
Janet McTeer as Edith Prior
Jonny Weston as Edgar

Review by Stephen M.

As intriguing as Divergent was, Insurgent just downright disappoints.  Lost is the mystique of what it means to be "Divergent", with poor dialogue and shoddy acting taking center stage in the sequel.  The filmmakers are quite dauntless in offering this out to the public.  I have not read the books so cannot say how it compares to the movies.

There are few things to like about the movie, but the strongest thing going for it would be the amazing special effects especially when Tris (Shailene Woodley) is in a faction's simulation test.  I especially enjoyed the scene of the runaway flying house that is on fire as Tris attempts to rescue her mother that is inside.  Shailene Woodley puts on a good performance, as does her counterpart Theo James and Daniel Dae Kim. Kate Winslet among others also put on good but not necessarily memorable performances.

As far as what I don't like about the film, my two biggest gripe would have to be the dialogue and predictability of the plot.  Thrown in several corny characters like the Faction-less train leader, and Tris's brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and you get an audience laughing out loud at scenes that you suspect was not intended to elicit such emotional outbursts.  And their friend Peter (Miles Teller) whose character is made for comic relief just doesn't have his timing down quite right.

Overall, I would recommend waiting for this film on Netflix.  If you are a huge fan of the first movie or the novels you would probably enjoy this more than I did.  Also if you do plan on seeing this anyway, I would suggest you watch or re-watch Divergent again just to familiarize yourself with the structure of their society and the numerous characters that pop in and out.  Some background information is given but not enough.  As a member of Candor would undoubtedly say, this movie will disappoint you, so save your money.

To read our review on Divergent visit here.


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