Insurgent falls short of splendor

Save for Shaliene Woodley's performance, Insurgent has little to boast about.

Hannah Sutherland, Online Manager

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Insurgent, the second film of Veronica Roth’s book-turned film series, Divergent, was recently released in theaters. Divergent Tris (Shaliene Woodley) is running from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), who with little success is trying to unlock a box containing secrets about the city’s future that only divergents can unlock.

First things first: one, if not the best features of Insurgent was Shaliene Woodley’s performance. Woodley shines as the steely, rough-and-tough divergent Beatrice “Tris” Prior, and she seems to be more in her element carrying a gun and jumping off burning buildings than having little infinities with Augustus Waters.

…she seems to be more in her element carrying a gun and jumping off burning buildings than having little infinities with Augustus Waters. ”

Sadly, Shaliene Woodley is the only truly redeemable feature of the Insurgent cast. Yes, we have Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, and even Octavia Spencer in supporting roles, but their talents are put to waste when applied to the confusing script, one-dimensional characterization, and constant mumbling.

As a standalone film, Insurgent fell short of splendor, especially as an action flick. Although the special effects, such as explosions, floating buildings, and destroyed cityscape, were sharp and realistic, the action sequences were consequently lacking in originality and excitement.

As a sequel apart of a multi-faceted film franchise, Insurgent was simultaneously a disappointment, especially compared to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. For anyone new to the Divergent world, it proves nearly impossible to discern the major plot points and character motivations. Yes, Shaliene Woodley’s performance was highly plausible, but the lack of explanation of Tris’ motives throughout made much of the key scenes open to question.

With slow pacing, awkward cast chemistry, and inaudible dialogue, for moviegoers looking to be wowed, Insurgent simply fails to make the cut.

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