Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Insurgent


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 31% (Critics) / 67% (Audience)
Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Written By: Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman and Mark Bomback
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James and Kate Winslet
Studio: Lionsgate Films

Synopsis: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. – (Source)

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The Good:
There were some well shot/well directed Matrix-style scenes that took place in a virtual simulation that showed the exhilarating heights this movie could possibly achieve if the central idea behind this property wasn’t so mundane.
Kate Winslet continues to stand out as the villainous leader of the Erudite faction.

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The Bad:
My issues with DIVERGENT continue into INSURGENT; I am not a fan of Woodley at all and she has none of the necessary charisma needed to be the focal point of a franchise like this. She looks out of place and awkward in action scenes and she also has zero chemistry with her love interest or her main adversary. And whoever decided that she should spend this whole movie with Kate Gosselin’s haircut needs to be fired.
I also still have not been shown anything at all to rationalize why being Divergent is such a big deal. The actual big reveal about Divergence (and the whole Faction system and walled in city) was so ridiculously banal that I kept thinking to myself that it couldn’t possibly be all there was to this franchise.

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The Ugly:
Ansel Elgort has all the screen presence of a walking talking potato.

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Final Verdict: Two movies in and this franchise still fails to give any reason why anyone (in the movie or watching it as a viewer) should give a rat’s patoot about being Divergent. Maybe if the movie was more like the virtual world that Woodley spent so much time in this franchise wouldn’t seem so blah.

Grade: D-

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