Even though the young adult, science fiction, battle genre is a little played out, Insurgent is pretty solid and should be seen in theaters. There are some really good things about the film even though there are some bad things about it as well. Some of the positives include special effects and acting. Some of the bad include script and dialogue. Most of the time these best sellers turned movies either do really bad or really good. I believe this series should be a good one, right behind Hunger Games and above Maze Runner.
The director, Robert Schwentke is know for the films RED, Flightplan, and R.I.P.D. One thing the aforementioned films have in common are great action sequences. Insurgent is one that can be added to the list. The action sequences were amazing and seemed non-stop. It was definitely a step in the right direction, especially after seeing Mockingjay: Part 1, which was pretty heavy on the dialogue and lacking in the action. The special effects that make these action scenes were amazing as well. Special effects can do a lot to a films positive image. The special effects in Insurgent not only enhance the films visual aspect, but it enhances the actors as well, which leads me to my second point: the acting.
Shailene Woodley did a far better job as Tris in Insurgent than she did in Divergent. Not to say her acting was bad, just noticeably better. She proves herself time and time again since her days as Amy in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, in such films as The Descendants and The Fault in Our Stars. My favorite moment to watch Shailene, is the truth serum scene in the Candor Faction. Her ability to connect with her characters emotions are done very well through out the film, but especially in this scene. As viewers, we can see the pain and heartache and empathize with Tris as a character. I love a good film that allows me to connect with the characters.
Speaking of connecting with characters, one character I could not connect with was Evelyn. Played by a very talented Naomi Watts, Evelyn is a character who we know from the start is clearly up to no good. Despite the talents of Naomi, Evelyn was very transparent. There was not much depth to her and no connection was made between her and the audience. This is no fault of the actor portraying Evelyn but rather a script failure.
For a young cast and fun genre, the script is quite serious. The minor smiles we get are from Peter, played by the comedic Miles Teller; for whom I absolutely love in Footloose, That Awkward Moment, and Whiplash. If it wasn’t for him and his comedic delivery of certain lines, this film would be a one note song of struggle looking for relief. Oddly enough this film does have enough to succeed as a young adult sci-fi blockbuster. The romance between Tris and Four is promising and fun to watch. Surprisingly, there are not a lot of memorable smooching moments as in the teen sensation, Twilight, but it also doesn’t need it. It’s great to see a heroine who doesn’t need to be coddled by her boyfriend after a big scene.
Not everyone was on their game when it comes to acting, but those that did show up are the reason this film is so successful. Pros and Cons aside, this film leaves you wanting to know what happens next rather than needing to know because you were unsatisfied.