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Film Friday #225

Insurgent (2015)

We’re back in a dystopian Chicago with Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), a “divergent” on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslett), the leader of the ruling Erudite faction. Tris, her boyfriend, Four (Theo James), impressively wussy bother, Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and reluctant ally, Peter (Miles Teller) are hiding out with the Amity faction but it’s not long before Jeanine’s minions find them. The only way put is to form an alliance with the Factionless, where Four will be reunited with his estranged mother, Evelyn (Naomi Watts). Meanwhile Jeanine is trying to get into a box containing a message from the Founders… but guess what only Tris can open it and Jeanine will stop at nothing to make her to do it. I saw Divergent and I read the books and it took me a good two thirds of the movie to figure out what the sam hell was going on. No one wants a complete rehash of the previous film in a sequel but with a story as unnecessarily complicated as this one some reminders might have been helpful. Up until now I have never found Shailene Woodley annoying but by about half way through Insurgent I wanted to throttle her. I got that she felt guilty about the deaths that she was sort of but not really responsible for but I found her insistence on internalising everything and not sharing with Four and her friends very frustrating, It also probably doesn’t help that she has zero chemistry with James or that so much more could have been done to explore his anger at the mother who abandoned him with his abusive father. Anyway, I distinctly remember the books significantly degrading in quality with each volume and it seems the films are going to follow exactly the same trend. What I can say for Insurgent is that it looks beautiful and is visually quite exciting in the last third but certainly not enough for me to suggest that you go and see it… and especially not in 3D. 1.5/5

Tris wished she'd spotted that glass sliding door just a minute earlier

Tris wished she’d spotted that glass sliding door just a minute earlier

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