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Insurgent - Movie Review

Verdict - "A prototype of boredom."

After the ruins of Chicago, Insurgent follows all the ace adventures of Tris (Shailene Woodley) along with Four (Theo James) as they shoot the works of all the inexplicable things that took place in the prequel.

Although the movie is just a prototype of boredom, I'll start with few positive aspects. To my surprise, the action few sequences were filmed remarkably with the proper expertise and no shaky-cam, as a result, they're entertaining to watch and made the movie tolerable. Also the cinematography and the set design made the movie look authentic in consideration of the dystopian vibe.

Regardless, here's the big question, why is this movie two hours long? The answer is undeniable, it's because the story has been adapted from a book and it has to follow everything which was written. 

But in my exploration, I did hear that few scenes in the movie were not written in the book by any means. It was a dire compilation of tedious scenes of nothingness, terrible dialogues, characters moving from one place to another as well as the pointless sub-plots with no proper description.

In addition, this is a three-dimensional movie and my major complaint is that when you're making the viewer wear a pair of glasses to watch a movie, the special effects should be astounding and enthralling. But this movie partially fails in the use of VFX and in few particular scenes we can clearly recognize that a green screen have been used.

Shailene Woodley is a stand out believable character in the movie, we can notice the anguish and the guilt she's going through in her eyes and Woodley gives a credible performance that fits the tone of the movie flawlessly. 

Two great talents, Kate Winslet, and Miles Teller were wasted in their roles from top to bottom due to silly dialogue and the complete absence of character development.

Nevertheless, Insurgent is watchable to a certain extent, but it suffers to reach the standard of a fascinating sequel for Divergent and fails in building up the next one (Allegiant). If you're not a fan of the books or if you're not aware of the movie series, I would suggest you to skip this movie.

My Rating - 2/5 
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Reviews #1 (That Awkward Moment & The Monuments Men)

Tom Gormican - "That Awkward Moment"

Plot: Occupied and unfulfilled with their own personal relationships. Jason, Daniel & Mikey, the three waggish teenage friends vow for an unfeasible oath to stay single for a certain period of time. Concerned with few other intimate reasons, did they adhere to their promise? Find out in That Awkward Moment.

Positives:
1) Music
2) The Cast & Performances
3) Humour
4) Chemistry between the leads

Negatives:
1) Witless storyline
2) Asymmetrical screenplay
3) Sloppy direction

Analysis: I generally label these kinda movies as a guilty pleasure, where it's decently bad but then again you still enjoy watching it. That Awkward Moment falls into that certain category where it has no specific target to stretch out and only concentrates in relishing the present moment.

The story don't really wind-up rapidly and it feels choppy in it's approach. But on a convincing standpoint, the three main leads (Efron, Teller & Jordan) were absolutely amusing and they positively enjoyed playing the fussy-unfussy characters in the movie.

Final Thoughts: That Awkward Moment can be an enjoyable movie if you don't really bother about the essential attributes of the movie. Watch it if you're planning a late night boys reunion and you'l definitely have a lot of fun.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C+ (Meh! Probably a rental)

George Clooney's - "The Monuments Men"

Plot: In the course of World War II, Lt. Stokes (George Clooney) was allotted on a mission to recover all the historic art and sculptures from the Nazi realm, were he was sent into the war zone along with a group of other talented grandees.

Positives:
1) The cast
2) Storyline
3) Production & Cinematography
4) Music

Negatives:
1) Insipid screenplay
2) Lack of character development
3) Direction
4) Unamusing jokes

Analysis: As I listed out above, the movie had an incredible cast with an extremely fascinating storyline surrounding the incidents during World War II. But regrettably the narration falls apart with it's lackluster screenplay, the scenes don't really connect to each other and they really feel lifeless and insignificant. The lack of character development clobbered the movie for the most part and with an enormous extent of A listed actors it doesn't really movie responsibly. Director George Clooney had to be blamed!

Final Thoughts: Unlike all other historic movies we've seen in the past, Monuments Men falls short in every imperative aspect. But on a lighter note, it's not a catastrophic attempt which can be enjoyed privately on a television screen.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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