Movie Review: Insurgent “Going the Opposite Direction”

April 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

Title: Insurgent | Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Brian Duffield, Veronica Roth
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
Rating: 2 Cups of Coffee

“Dark times call for extreme measures. You may find it hard to believe, but I am serving the greater good.”  ~Jeanine Matthews

Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

My Review

Divergent is one of my favorite movies based on dystopian novels. I was blown away by its world building and the characters development in which far better that the book version. So, I have high expectations for the whole movie franchise which can be more successful than its close cousin The Hunger Game. However, judging by its latest installment, it seems that the movie franchise is heading to the opposite way of what I have in mind. Insurgent came out flat and less intriguing as compared to its predecessor which is full of edgy actions and more solid plot line.

Insurgent picks up a few days after the final event in Divergent. Tris makeover is a major change in this movie. I like her new appearance but don’t you think she’s loosing weight? She looks skinny. Shailene Woodley as Tris and Kate Winslet as Jeanine are two characters that save this movie from humility. They plays their respective parts very well. Woodley portrays Tris’s inner conflict and guilty towards what were happened in the past brilliantly even though other characters around her feel lifeless and static including Four,Caleb, and Christina. Jeanine’s parts with her chilly and forbidding demeanor is really convincing. I wish the entrance of Four’s estranged mother, Evelyn, as a leader of Factionless can give a major turn of event to the story but sadly, her appearance is just superficial and not much to keep me interested except for her beauty.

In a nutshell, Insurgent can’t quite live to its intriguing set up though its book counterpart is fantastic. In the movie, even if you’re curious about it, it is often plodding and frequently nonsensical, with the action that never exhilarating or thrilling except for when Tris’s fight with her Dauntless nemesis Peter at the beginning and Eric relentless energy in the pursuit of the outcast Divergent. Fortunately, it ends on a mysterious and intriguing note and with a bullet in the head.

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