Friday, March 20, 2015

Insurgent

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 59 min / Adventure - SciFi - Thriller

What is it about?

When we last saw Tris and Four in Divergent they were fighting against their fellow Dauntless faction members who were being controlled remotely. They found a way to free some of them to escape. Tris, Four, Caleb, and Peter escape to Amity. The violent Dauntless don't exactly fit in with the non-violent Amity. Jeanine, the leader of Erudite, is trying to hunt down the Divergent using those Dauntless who conspired with her or weren't lucky enough to escape. She is confident the Divergent are the problem, but she needs one of them to open a box. It's a magic box that can only be opened by a Divergent. The box has a message from the founders of the city that could contain the reason they are all there.

You will like it if...

You like SciFi movies based in distopian worlds similar to The Hunger Games. The chemistry between Four and Tris is bad to the point of being almost campy in spots. The two main characters are played by the worst actors in the movie. It is so blatantly obvious when they are set against Kate Winslet. Miles Teller also steals every scene he shares with the two main characters. The rest of the cast is also stellar. It is the main weakness of the film. The story is compelling even though there are a few holes in the plot. The special effects are good if a bit overdone when Tris is under the effects of a serum. Insurgent ends up being a decent adaptation of the book to film, but it could have been much better. It's difficult for a film like this to live up to expectations when you have already read the book it is adapted from.


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