So, in the last Divergent, Tris and Four escaped from Dauntless and Jeanine and are now at a base camp led by a lady named Joanna. She's still quite guilty though about killing Will, Christina's best friend and doesn't know how to tell her when she must approach the situation. Meanwhile, Eric and Candor's guards have found a box that Tris' parents hid, and to open it they require someone that has qualities from all factions. A Divergent, and a really real Divergent.
Now, let me just say that maybe it was after The 5th Wave was released just this year or something, but lately a lot of critics and audiences have gotten tired of these YA book-to-movie adaptations. And all I have to say is, Why? That's like romance movies. Some love, some hate, and some never get tired and some get tired after the first saliva exchange. So every time a romance movie comes out, are critics and audiences supposed to bash on it for unoriginality? Anyway, I think it's safe to say Insurgent isn't a lazy adaptation. One punch it doesn't pull are some impressive shots on the protagonists and the antagonists in the same camera shot during an action scene to bring out gravity and tension. I also found the new characters (I don't think Joanna was in the last movie, I don't remember it entirely to know) complex enough but never distracting. And if you like deep fugitive stories, I don't see the downside in checking this movie out. The main focus of the movie is Shailene Woodley. She's the next Faye Dunaway, I swear, giving off perfect tones just in the story her eyes tell and then some. When she gives a heartbreaking scene we were all expecting, it's hard not to think back on it at least a little after the movie is over.
There are some story problems that I think are maybe not the fault of the filmmakers but Veronica Roth. In case you sue me, I had never read the book so I wouldn't waste your money on a lawyer, but I feel this movie gets rid of two deliciously shrill antagonists a little too early for the second instalment. And during this train scene, I was a little confused because in the middle of a huge fight the thugs who try to kill Tris, Caleb and Four find out more information about them and all of a sudden everything's fine, even though a few members of the party were killed. And this one part during the climax seemed to need to be in there but it was kind of too big a psyche for my taste. The movie still makes up for most of this however, especially with Shailene Woodley once again leading it ahead and a good enough sense of nice action, even when simulated.