Divergent Series: Insurgent (or just Divergent 2: Insurgent if you want it to have a better title) tries hard to make a “great” movie out of the good first entry in this franchise, but it fails to set itself apart.
While Divergent was a familiar, but exciting, mashup of several young adult book movie tropes, Insurgent is essentially one long chase scene that relies solely on ripple effects from the first film.
Gone are the interesting themes of discovering where you fit into society and the abuse of power as a consequence of obsessive classification. Instead, the movie swaps its genre — and even some of its themes — for “you are very special” ideas that feel like the easy way out for this decently built world.
Though the action scenes are excellent and the characters are worth investing into, Insurgent has a weak, convoluted narrative filled with plot holes and gaps in its story that will provoke eye-rolls. Of course, fans of the franchise will be much more forgiving, since there’s still plenty for them to love here.
Rated: PG-13 (For intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language)
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Written By: Akiva Goldsman, Brian Duffield, Mark Bomback
In Theaters: Mar 20, 2015 (Wide Release)
Runtime: 1 hr. 59 min.
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