Shailene Woodley Has Never Been Less Urgent

March 18, 2015 4:34 PM

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Shailene Woodley Has Never Been Less Urgent

We’re back in the woods with the kids. After three Hunger Games movies, plus a bunch of Twilight forestry escapades, one Maze Runner (with more to come) and that dawdling sylvan interlude in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the yawning YA genre packs its young audiences off to another Teen Boot Camp. Tris Prior, the flinty heroine played by Shailene Woodley, goes rural in Insurgent, the second episode in the inevitable four-part trilogy now called The Divergent Series. (Four-part because, no matter how fashions change in semi-blockbuster franchises, the one unyielding Hollywood principle is greed.)

Given the modest surprise of last year’s Divergent — who’d have guessed that the nth YA retread could be so… O.K.? — Insurgent has two hurdles to scale: building on the promise of the first film and permanently anointing Woodley as the industry’s ferocious deadpan goddess. The picture comes up short...

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