A touch of divergence would have helped ‘Insurgent’
It’s not fair, I admit, to compare “Insurgent,” the second installment of the wildly popular “Divergent” series, to “Catching Fire,” the second installment in the even more adored “Hunger Games” franchise. But that doesn’t mean those comparisons won’t be made.
“Catching Fire” (you can read the review here) made a stunning splash for a teen dystopian adaptation. It was smart, perfectly paced and forced the audience to confront some darker themes, all while being helmed by its engrossing female lead, Jennifer Lawrence. High praise, I know, but it was well deserved. It’s a shame “Insurgent” couldn’t pull off the same feat.
Based somewhat loosely on the second book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling “Divergent” series, “Insurgent” has all the right pieces to reconstruct “Catching Fire’s” success: charismatic and talented leads, enough angsty drama to make any teenager jealous and a dystopian future in which the outcasts battle against the cliques. (Plus, the soundtrack is just as stellar as the one from “Divergent.”) But in this case, the whole is something less than the sum of its part, failing to capitalize on talent and ripe source material.
Two “Man that sex scene was awkward!” stars out of five.