Monday, March 23, 2015
Insurgent Review: A Tiring Yet Enticing Continuation
The plot of Insurgent takes place three days after the events of the first film. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of Eurdite. Along with her companion/boyfriend Four (Theo James), Tris discover the Factionless who are led by Four's mother Evelyn (Naomi Watts). As a rebellion begins to form, Trice discovers that Jeanine needs her to open an ancient artifact that is said to bring order back to the system.
Though the movie had a stellar supporting cast, it did not seem know how to use them. A supporting cast with limited time can be effective if the characters are allowed to shine. Unfortunately, Divergent does not do that with its ensemble as the characters felt either underwhelming or useless. While the likes of Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Octavia Spencer are great actors in their own rights, I felt that their characters did not bring much to the table. The same thing can be said about Kate Winslet as Jeanine. Winslet does her best but the character of Jeanine is just your typical antagonist. Though the cast itself was not bad, the ensemble suffers from lacking characterizations and not even the leads could break out of this dilemma.
While I did up liking Insurgent more then I did Divergent, I cannot say this movie is flawless. While factors like story and characters were not bad, both did falter due to tiring ideas that have been done over and over again. Again, this is not to say Insurgent is a bad film. The movie can be interesting, the cast does a fine job and the film featured plenty of exciting moments. While Insurgent did not win me over, I can say that this second installment is indeed passable.