Insurgent takes place just a few days after the events of Divergent. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four are now on the run and being hunted by Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet). She's discovered an important box that can only be unlocked by a Divergent. This box could unlock the truth about the past and change their future forever.
I will give the director, Robert Schwentke, some credit. He tried to do the best he could with the material he had to work with. There are some nice visuals, much better than in Divergent infact. But visuals can only take you so far.
I think Shailene Woodley is a good actress and she does a decent job here. My problem is she and Theo James have absolutely NO chemistry. Their so called love scene was almost painful to watch. At least there was no cheesy pop song playing during it this time so that was a plus.
Speaking of Theo James, while he's nice to look at, he couldn't act if his life depended on it. His performance as was so robotic! Damn would it have killed him to show a little emotion? I literally laughed out loud several times he was so bad.
Just to warn you, if you haven't seen Divergent I strongly suggest you watch it before you see this. You'll be very confused otherwise since they don't bother doing a quick recap the way most movies would.
If you plan on seeing this in theaters, watch it in 2D. The 3D wasn't even noticeable most of the time.
I know it seems like all I'm doing is knocking Insurgent. To be fair, I thought some of the simulation scenes towards the end were actually pretty cool. But that's about it. Still, I'm willing to give the next two movies a chance.
One more thing that annoyed me though, is they had the amazing, Academy Award winning Octavia Spencer in this movie and they completely wasted her! I haven't read the books so maybe she plays a bigger role in the next one.
If you're a huge fan of the books then I think you'll like this. If not, wait til it comes on Netflix. Better yet, just watch The Hunger Games movies again. They're a million times better.
My Rating: 7/10