Sort of a poor cousin to their The Hunger Games series, Summit is hoping Insurgent, the second in the Divergent Series, ratchets up the game a bit. Aimed directly at female fans of Veronica Roth’s books, this edition lays on the special effects and action to such a degree that, as I say in my video review above, it’s obvious they want to attract guys, too.
Shailene Woodley continues her role as Tris, a dreaded Divergent who stands out from the five main factions everyone else is herded into. She faces off against the evil, power-hungry head of the Erudites Jeanine (Kate Winslet).
In round 2 here, Tris is on the run with boyfriend Four (Theo James) and weak brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort). There’s also friend/foe nutcase Peter (Miles Teller). The mix also includes Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.
Mostly this edition hurls dazzling special effects at us, but fans of the books will be best situated to enjoy this film. The convoluted plot almost requires a glossary and a program.
Thank goodness for Woodley, who brings real gravitas to her role. Winslet is, like some other Oscar-caliber actresses in similar movies, stuck in the thankless one-note “bitch” bad-guy role. Further diminishing the experience for outsiders, this is, as happened with Twilight and the vastly superior Hunger Games previously, this series is planned for no less than four films so don’t expect a satisfying conclusion from film No. 2.
Robert Schwentke directed from a script by Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman and Mark Bomback. Lucy Fisher, Doug Wick and Pouya Shahbazian are producers. Mandeville Films’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman came aboard as Executive Producers.
Check out my video review. Are you a fan of the book or first movie? Do you plan to see this one? Tell us what you think.