Sequel to “Divergent” fails to develop connection
Rating: 3 out of 10
Duration: 119 Minutes
Often, movies that have a hype buildup surrounding them fall short of their over-embellished expectations, and “Insurgent” follows that trend. Directed by Robert Shwentke, whose prior work include “The Time Travelers Wife”(2009) and “Red”(2010), “Insurgent” provides the desired sequel to last years “Divergent.” Unfortunately, this year, the series fell flat..
The film follows Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four, (Theo James) and Caleb ( Ansel Elgort), who are on the run from the determined Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet), leader of the Erudite Faction. The Erudite Faction is the antagonist group who blame humans’ ignorance for societies’ downfalls. Along the journey, Tris faces challenges in which she must over come, and towards the end, she unlocks secrets of her past and what the future may hold.
The film is set in a ruined Chicago, which provides a couple interesting shots of the city. However, the computer graphic imagery in many scenes are nothing special. Cinematographer, Florian Ballhaus stood neutral with the computer graphics throughout the filmwith few captivating shots in the city.
When one sits down to watch a movie, they want to see a so-called visual opera. This means smoothness and authenticity behind the cinematic end. To be clearer, “Insurgent” lacks this style. In the moviand e some of the scenes and art felt like a second rate “Hunger Games” rip off.
“Insurgent” is pleasant and appealing because it had potential to be something much greater, but it was not executed properly. The lack of characterization among the actors can cause movie goers to feel as if they are missing information about the plot.
Woodley is not by any means a bad actress, but she did not bring life and reality to her character. In some scenes she held viewers’ absolute attention and focus, but in others, she delivered her lines flat and without emotion. James, on the other hand, does not even belong in the acting industry, as he had minimal character to his performance and poor delivery. Elgort’s performance was definitely a step up from his colleagues, but still was not the greatest. He did have some visible traits to his character, which is respected; however, it was nothing spectacular.
The best performance given was that of Miles Teller, who played Peter. He played a distinct character and clearly had motives behind everything he did, along with being entertaining. No other cast member really stood out in their performance in “Insurgent.”
With the exception of a few scenes with classic Hollywood garbage dialogue recycled, the script was decent from a script standpoint. As a whole, “Insurgent” is an overhyped sequel that sells itself short. With deeper characters and a little bit thicker of a story line, movie goers might develop a different opinion. With that being said, movie goers should save their money from being surged by the boring wrath of “Insurgent.”