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The Divergent Series: Insurgent

(2 popcorn boxes)

  I admit it… I do not like this film series. Didn’t like the first one (Divergent) and the second did not catch my attention. Okay, other than the fact that all the “she’s the one” stuff painfully reminded me of The Matrix.

  We are still in the Divergent world of after the war”, where most of civilization no longer exists and the population has been separated into five 'factions’ to keep peace and order.  Those factions are Abnegation (the self-less), Erudite (the intelligent), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Candor (the honest).

  I don’t even know how they remember which faction is which.

  Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James) and Peter (Miles Teller) are in hiding with the Amity because last time Erudite mind-melded Dauntless into attacking and killing all of Abnegation. Peaceful and orderly. Right.

  Jeanine (Kate Winslet) is still the evil queen of Erudite who is trying to take over the world. This time, she has a magic box left behind by the founders of the extremely efficient five faction fiefdom. Unfortunately, only the divergent that can pass the simulation test of all five factions can open this box. Guess who that is?

  Some of the action scenes were interesting, but mostly Tris and Four run a lot. Between nightmares and simulations you never know if the action is real… that gets old real fast.

  Two boxes out of five for Insurgent. Woodley still always looks like she is about to break out in tears, James still reminds me of Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Teller is still the twisted "frienemy” that actually brought a few laughs to the screen. The film is rated PG-13 for intense action and violence. Apparently there is a third installment of this young adult franchise. I can’t imagine where this is going after the ending of Insurgent. I guess I’ll have to buy a ticket to find out. Yipee.

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  Miles Teller danced in the footsteps of Chris Penn in this 2011 remake.


      Imagine my surprise when Robert Taylor, star of this A&E original series about a mid west lawman, started speaking with his native Australian accent! Who knew? Longmire.



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