I knew at some point I was going to have to watch this after reading all three books and watching the first film but I have been putting it off for as long as possible (mostly after seeing Shailene Woodley's atrocious wig in the posters!) but finally had to succumb last weekend....
Insurgent follows on from Divergent with Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) on the run and being hunted while trying to find allies in their fight against Jeanine (Kate Winslet). Desperate to save the people she loves Tris must find out what her parents Faction sacrificed themselves to protect and why Erudite want to stop them.
I'm not going to lie, I had to good a synopsis to remind myself what happened in this film and it was only a few days ago that I watched it. I would understand this confusion if I hadn't read the book but I have and I still couldn't work out what was going on and why. The whole film is so choppy and rushed that you have no idea who, what or why at any point.
The supporting cast (Winslet excluded) are boring and dry and of little interest throughout and I'm sure (but can't remember details) that we were introduced to more members of the Amity clan and the Factionless in the book but the meetings with both of these felt rushed and pushed along to get to the 'dramatic' scenes. I love seeing Kate Winslet in a bad guy role and she took it on really well with her creepy calmness (until the end that is) and sharp suits - she upped her game this time and it paid off!
I don't like Shailene Woodley, I did love her in The Fault in our Stars and I thought that may be a turning point for me, but it wasn't. Maybe its my weird obsession with Jennifer Lawrence hindering my opinion but I just can't get on board with Woodley. I think her acting skills in this are shocking compared to her previous work (or maybe its the script she has been fed to work with), honestly, I just found her irritating and awkward throughout.
I didn't have high expectations for this and luckily I didn't, it was disappointing as it was the better of the books for me. Unfortunately, I read the final book a long time after the second one and didn't enjoy it because I had lost the flow of the story - meaning I don't have much hope for the next one either!!