It’s sad to see that many people’s first impression of Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller are for their roles in the Divergent series. Whatever happened to The Fault In Our Stars(Shailene), The Descendants(Shailene), Whiplash(Miles) and The Spectacular Now(both of them)? Insurgent was honestly quite disappointing. It lacked the action, depth, plot and characterization that I thought it would develop from the first movie. To be honest, there were some plotholes in the first movie and the premise by which the dystopian society functions was not clearly established. One big question I have is how can one only have one dominant trait and live their daily lives by the confines of that trait? Human nature is more complex than the dystopia that Divergent supposes; In actual fact, I think most of us are more divergent than anything else. In any case, Insurgent was a mediocre continuation of the series.
I felt that Insurgent didn’t give any sort of high point or satisfactory climax. Scenes simply moved from on to the next and action scenes were generally quite mundane. The movie focused alot on the psychological which piqued my interest at first but it quickly grew repetitive. The first and the second film’s reliance on the ‘dream state’ for various purposes is overbearing. It’s too simplistic to use the same mechanism whenever answers need to be found. The last scenes are an apt example of this. When an ancient artifact with hidden answers need to be unlocked, Beatrice has to enter a dream stage where she has to defeat her fears. See? There’s hardly a connection between defeating her fears and unlocking the true message about Divergents. The plothole that precedes this is also quite puzzling. The message from the box is by some unnamed elder who reveals that the walled city is an experiment and that the experiment has succeeded because the Divergents are an example of the success. Wait a second, hold up right there?! For the past two movies, people from all factions have died and have lived under the oppression of Jeanine and her erudite faction. The fact that a few of the divergents were able to wrestle back control doesn’t mean that the experiment was a success. Even so, what was it exactly that the experiment was trying to prove? Plotholes aren’t merely the only fault of of the movie.
Insurgent was even more tedious than Divergent. Tediously messy. Even in the emotional moments, there wasn’t enough time to create emotional depth nor was there enough time for the characters to expose their inner tensions, insecurities and fears. Generally, it wasn’t emotionally affecting. It’s also why I think The Hunger Games is far more superior. Katniss and Peeta as well as some of the other characters captivated us with their emotional journey whereas Divergent’s characters lack the spark needed to drive the emotional ebb and flow. It was more of a small river rather than a sea of emotion.
All in all, it felt like any other action movie that isn’t significant in many ways.
What are your thoughts?