I liked the first Divergent film. I know that it's nothing spectacular and I'm aware of how unbelievably tedious and stupid it can be and how long the runtime was, but I had fun with it. The trailers for Insurgent didn't sell me though. They were confusing and dumb and didn't intrigue me in the least. But here I am, coming back with my thoughts on the movie... because I actually sat through this rubbish. What was set up at the end of the first movie is now completely disregarded, although that's far from the only thing this movie ignores. It literally ignores everything about the first. All logic, all character development, all motives. Why? I'm still trying to figure that out.
While Tris is slightly more badass, the action has gone decreased in both quantity and quality. I wouldn't necessarily describe the first film as being action-heavy, but there were more than a few decent, heart racing moments, particularly towards the third act. It was exciting and fun, and that's all I ask for in movies like this. With Insurgent, there's nearly no action. It's boring, melodramatic politics, family drama and also, surprisingly enough, it's part mystery movie too, although the odds of that being unintentional are very high.
The main plot of this film, or at least what is suggested to be the main plot by the trailer, revolves around this box that Kate Winslet's character finds. Why does she want this box? Who knows. What's inside it? Who cares. Why can only divergent's open it? Well, actually they do explain that in the final few minutes, but it's the stupidest, most irritating explanation possible. It's the dumb ending of The Maze Runner on steroids, except even more illogical. This film doesn't let the audience in on anything and by the time the film ends, I was on the verge of becoming a mass-murdering maniac hellbent on destroying everyone who worked on the film. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but I think you get the point.
To sum up, Insurgent manages to disregard everything from the first film to bring us a poorly written, convoluted, unbelievably stupid sequel with paper thin characters who are occasionally saved by decent performances. Occasionally.