So I just saw Insurgent and it was a thing. That is about the most certain thing I can say about it.
Was it good? In parts.
Was it terrible? No.
It’s a thing. It is a movie that happened, and that’s about all I can say about it. Instantly destined for the $5 movie bin at Walmart, but not insultingly so. It’s clear at least someone is putting a lot of effort into this thing, and I’d gladly take this over something lazily made, but there just doesn’t seem to be much substance holding it together.
So there are at least a few positives about this movie.
Shailene Woodley is actually putting a lot of effort into her performance. It’s clear that she’s pretty much the only thing holding this franchise together at this point. She puts a lot of heart into her performance, and she actually kicks a heck of a lot of butt in the action scenes.
The movie looks great too. Every shot looks really good, and the CGI holds up fairly well. Action is also a plus in this movie. It’s all crisply shot with no stupid jump cuts or anything, and actually manage to almost bring some tension just on their own. Almost.
You see, the biggest problem with Insurgent, and by extension Divergent, is that there really isn’t much of a great moral theme or anything holding it together. I mean I know there’s supposed too, it’s a YA movie. The theme by obligation is, “It’s ok kids, your just a special little snowflake who’s going to break down all the barriers held up by the evil government and show everyone that they don’t need to hide who they are!” But good luck trying to find that theme, because I’m pretty sure the movie itself just forgot about it halfway through post.
It also doesn’t help that all of the supporting cast just seems to be on auto-pilot. I mean they aren’t bad really, but they’re incredibly thin and shallow even by YA supporting character standards. Major props to Miles Teller though, who’s probably having the most fun with this out of anyone. He clearly knows he’s outgrown this kind of stuff (you know, him being in Whiplash and all) and has really just decided, “Well I might as well have fun with this paycheck I’m getting at the end of this!”
You know, I’m starting to get a sneaking suspicion that this should’ve been converted into a big open world first person shooter. Honestly I could probably get past all of the wooden acting, lack of a real theme, and shallow characters if this was just filtered through some fun game-play or something.
Oh well. As it stands, Insurgent is a so-so movie that I guess shall join the ranks of the new Ninja Turtles movie as “Movie’s I that are things that happened category.” Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be waiting for Furious 7 to come out. At least that movie looks fun.
The Media Fire gives this movie a 6/10