Plot: 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.
I’m not gonna lie or even make this a terribly long post. WHAT are they doing with these movies? The books are awesome – I recently reviewed the first one here after reading it AGAIN (and I don’t often reread Dystopian novels). Let’s just take a look what they are doing right in here:
Tris Prior – Shailene Woodley
I think she does a good job as Tris. She might not be the best choice or someone I would think to cast in here, but she does fine. I actually thought her acting was much better in here than the first movie.
Theo James – Tobias Eaton
He is better in here. And still quite hunky. Although I will always think of him as Lord Pamouk, he has excellent chemistry with Woodley – have you seen those rumours?
Miles Teller – I think this guy makes a great asshole on screen. I’m sure he is quite nice in real life, but he has such a douchebaggy face. Teller is also always able to inject character depth into his roles when the writing lacks, and that is such a good thing in this case. This isn’t his best role – I mean have you seen Whiplash, but he does really good.
What doesn’t work:
Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior – I love Elgort, I do. I just can’t see him as the spineless worm that is Tris’ brother.
Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews – maybe they didn’t give her enough time to develop the character, but I was completely unimpressed by her in here.
Octavia Spencer as the leader of Amity – again, so little screen time allotted to this character that her acting abilities could not be properly utilized.
The complete deviation from the storyline in the books. I am not against changing some stuff from book to movie to make the movie flow easier, but at this point I have no idea how they plan to bring the movies to the point how the last book ends.
The movie loses pace and becomes terribly boring at the end – in fact, I have to watch the last half hour probably again.
Insurgent could have been more. It has little heart and keeps slipping further and further away from its storyline. The Hunger Games still leads dominantly in the Dystopian genre, and I don’t think that will change because it seems that Hollywood has become incapable to properly portray books at this point.