Movie Review: Insurgent, 3/5
Despite the 7/10 user rating on IMDB, the much-anticipated sequel to Divergent has fallen flat according to Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, having labelled the film a ‘disasterous failure’.
Sure, we all know the plot, with Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and her hunky boy-thing slash ex-trainer Four, are on the run as their post-apocalyptic factioned world comes to an end with the very blonde Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet), complete with the American accent and post-baby figure, hungry with power, plans on overthrowing all the factions in order to be in complete control.
Other than the fact that all these dystopian novels are wildly reminiscent of The Hunger Games (i.e. The Mazerunner, Ender’s Game, Harry Potter), Insurgent was a real let down as compared to it’s earlier big sister. For audiences who aren’t as up to speed with the three-part novella, plot reveals and character arcs such as Four’s fangled (read: Screwed up) family history, his nutso waif-like mother (A brunette Naomi Watts) and other pretty graphic effects (akin to Divergent), the action sequences though compelling, contribute little to no significance to the overall punch of the film.
To be honest, I was half expecting the film to be a lot more like… Well, a lot more. And having read the books beforehand, there was a rather gripping movie play-out in my head that I was hoping to have been painted out on the big screen. But of course, nothing good ever pans out the way you want it to, even with a whopping US$110 million budget. Oh well, what with the Hunger Games: Mockingjay being a complete and utter failure, we’re crossing our fingers that the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will be a much better watch. Or at least, cut out the unimportant dialogue and leave in the good bits, for Pete’s sake!
PG13, 119 minutes
Insurgent is currently showing in theatres.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will hit Singapore cinemas 17 September 2015.