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The Hunger Games: Insurgent

The last time I watched Divergent, I thought it was Summit Entertainment trying to cash-in on the success of big-brother parent company Lions Gate's The Hunger Games series, as well as the film borrowing from other respectable films and young-adult novels such as Harry Potter, Ender's Game and The Giver, without a hint of originality of it's own. But since the film made $288 million worldwide on an $88 million budget, a sequel was green-lit, and so we have the big followup in Insurgent, the second installment in the series. Maybe they'll finally get around to explaining how the existence of "Divergents" threaten the system. Perhaps we'll see star Shaileen Woodley unleash her inner Black Widow and do some serious damage on the bad guys. Or maybe they'll start borrowing from The Matrix films as well as Inception!

You know, I was joking when I commented that the second installment would start borrowing from Lana & Andy Wachowski and Christopher Nolan; I didn't think they were going to actually do it! Anyway, Kate Winslet is back as the main antagonist, and after her plot to kill off the Candor faction goes tits up, she has in her possession an ancient glowing box (and now we're borrowing the "tesseract" MacGuffin from Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers) that can only be opened by another Divergent. Or something that has to with Tris (Woodley). Which begs the question: why did Jeanine try to have Tris killed in the first movie, assuming she and her militant Erudite faction had this object from the start? But hey, let's ignore that plot hole and look at how Tris is being plugged into the Matrix...uh, I mean going under the dream realm that Ariadne made for Cobb to pull off another elaborate heist...actually, I don't know, and we'll figure this all out on Friday, March 20th. I hope.


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