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Insurgent: The Movie

The highly anticipated second installment of the Divergent series.
I had long figured out, if a movie is based on a novel, the only way to enjoy both is to watch the movie first and then read the book. I deviated from my own set rule and as a result found Insurgent a huge disappointment.

Comparison between the book and the movie is inevitable. Insurgent as a book had two very strong plot lines running parallel to each other and at times crossing over. Relationship and action, both an integral part of the story.

Insurgent as a movie showcased only the action, not realizing, the actions a lot of times were a direct result of the relationship turmoil the characters were having with each other. The relationships were volatile, changing, shifting, disintegrating, and solidifying and hence affecting the character’s decision to run, fight, betray, take revenge, kill or forgive. The most important was the relationship between Four and his abusive, cruel, power hungry father Marcus. This was the backbone of Insurgent and got a screentime of a whole 30 seconds. As a result, the movie seemed choppy, disjointed and one dimensional.

But if the movie is seen as an individual entity, it has it’s moments of glory albeit only in its special effects.
Shailene and Theo would have had a lot of chance to show their acting prowess if the movie had stuck to the books. But instead they were reduced to just the medium around whom the special effects were created.

Octavia Spencer as Johanna was a very wrong choice. In the book Johanna is a tall, white, slim woman, with a scar running from her eyebrow to her lips rendering her blind in one eye. Octavia is short, plump and black with no scar or blindness. Naomi Watts looked the part but had not much to do. The only one who came out a winner was Kate.

I am aware I have ruined Allegient for me too when that comes out.

FURIOUS 7

What do you get when you take a Bond movie and put four James Bonds in it? You get 4 times the action, 4 times the adrenaline rush, 4 times bigger a canvas, 4 times craziness and 4 times more fun. Or you can say you get Furious 7.
This is as craziest over the top movie as it gets. And it is a whole lot of fun. I was turned into an adrenaline junkie wanting more and more of that action. The movie’s fast pace, crisp taut editing, breathtaking locales, outrageous mind blowing stunts made the experience a total thrill.
I know it had the Paul Walker emotional quotient woven in every frame where he was present, and the tribute at the end was poignant, emotional, classy and made its mark but the movie belonged to Vin Diesel. He dominated every scene with his powerful presence, charisma and effortless portrayal of his tough and his softer side.
Tyrese Gibson cut himself a special place among all the muscles and explosions with his perfectly timed comic relief.
I don’t think I have ever loved a bad guy in a movie as much as I loved Jason Stathum. The fact that he wasn’t killed off in the end gives me hope I’ll see him again in the next installment and so does Kurt Russell who came in like a comet and disappeared without a trace.
All in all I got 4 times my money’s worth and I am furiously praying for part 8 to come fast.

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