Nothing new on the horizon …
Just as much as the Twilight-series is the weak, little brother of Harry Potter, so are the Insurgent-movies only half as spectacular as the formidable Hunger games. In truth, none of them can hold their own against the awesome power of the British wizard boy with the strange scar on his forehead.
Still, what makes Insurgent so much fun to look at, is the apocalyptic image of a world which has been destroyed, save for a few buildings here and there. We also get a front seat to a whole bunch of teenagers who’d rather punch someone out cold than actually try to talk to them, like any normal person would. This results in a few lively-pleasant action scenes, although after the first hour, things are starting to bore a bit. Reason is simple. We’ve already seen this bickering in part 1 quite a few times and back then the fights looked better and more original.
But we turn a blind eye – after all, this is a fantasy blockbuster and not a Meryl Streep-movie that has to rely on reason and reality …
But there is good stuff as well. When the end of the movie is upon us, we are being treated to a few slow-motion scenes who come across as something out of The Matrix (although no way near as impressive!). The few scenes shake things a bit loose and keeps the neutral viewer awake, which turns out to be a necessity for the movie’s overall quality.
Because half-way through the movie, things are beginning to crumble. After the first hour – as mentioned above – the story is a bit dull and seems to be stuck like a jeep in the mud. There is not much more to be had than some blabbering between a handful of one-dimensional characters, followed by some troubled teenagers pushing people around.
Theo James only seems to be able to talk with his fists. Kate Winslet still looks agelessly beautiful and even main actress Shailene Woodley doesn’t look all that awful in this movie.
Is it perhaps the director then who’s responsible for the fact that half an hour or so in the movie is uninspiring and dreary?
No, because Robert Schwentke has enough experience on his resume with movies such as RED and Flightplan. Perhaps the man ran out of fresh ideas.
Or is it because the second book is less pleasant material than its predecessor? Whatever the case, Insurgent just isn’t good enough to rival the highly successful course of some of those other teenager-fantasy sagas out there!
The action sequences in this movie leap out of the silver screen (literally if you watch the movie in 3D!), but the freshness of the first movie is seriously lacking … curious how they will restore this problem in parts 3 and 4!
Give it to me straight:
Insurgent is a movie ‘trying’ to walk the same path as the mega-successful Harry Potter-saga and the fairly pleasing-to-the-eye Hunger Game-series, but truth be told: part 2 is undoubtedly a bit weaker than part 1! Will that cause any problems for parts 3 & 4? We don’t know, but the makers of this fantasy-show will have to up the ante!
Everyone in the movie tries their best, but as Yoda in Star Wars once said: ‘Do. Or do not. There is no try!’
The biggest issue of the movie is that everything seems to be running on automatic pilot. The atmosphere is too much of the old thing without adding something new, which basically means that – in terms of inventiveness – part 2 does not succeed adequately.
Give it to me short:
Insurgent is good enough for the real fans, a nice snack for the average brain dead popcorn muncher and a relaxing time for the movie buff who wants to watch a big Hollywood-movie on the big screen.
However – for the common folk who rarely go to the cinema – there is loads of other and better stuff to watch!