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The best words to describe “The Divergent Series: Insurgent”, the second in the movie series, is ‘too much of everything’. There are too many special effects, too loud and annoying a soundtrack, too many actors playing one not roles, though doing the most they can with them, too much gratuitous violence uncalled for, too much that doesn’t make sense unless you have seen the first film, not to forget 2-3 scenes too many of the heroine tearing up.

I fell ‘in love’ with Shailene Woodley in “The Fault In Our Stars”. She looked great and did a good job of acting as she does in this film and still has those big, shining, expressive eyes, which director Robert Schwentke fills with tears too often. As an action star and/or love interest she is always worth watching. Ansel Elgort, her lover in “Stars”, is her brother in this film while Theo James has taken over the role of her boyfriend. In a role, offering the only humor in the movie, Miles Teller, who was excellent in “Whiplash”, continues good work here.

The adults such as villainous Jeanine, played by Kate Winslet, Johanna, the leader of a feel good, what looks like a commune, living group, acted by Octavia Spencer, the parents of Woodley’s character Tris Prior, Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn, along with another Leader played by Daniel Dae Kim and, sure to play a more prominent role in the next series of the film, Naomi Watts as Evelyn. Jai Courtney, an Australian actor I am not familiar with, did an impressive job as Eric.

Schwentke, the director, and screenwriters Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman and Mark Bomback seem to reach for violence, special effects and Woodley on the verge of crying to bother making a better, more compact movie.

If you haven’t seen the first movie in this series, or read the book, the first half of “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” may be confusing. Come to think of it if you haven’t seen the first film, I didn’t, don’t bother seeing this one.



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