Rated 1.0

Director Robert Schwentke chooses a lot of gray tones to go with his dull dialogue and muddled, straining performances to make this one a sleeper in a bad way. Shailene Woodley, an actress who is impressive most of the time, simply doesn't make for an intriguing action heroine. The material seems beneath her. After the oh-so-rousing events of the first film, Tris (Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are living in a “faction free” zone, meaning the zone is not run by any of the factions by which everybody in this society is categorized by. The factions are Amity, Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Candor, Flounder and Douchebag. I would say this mess has the worst Young Adult fiction premise ever, but I've seen the Twilight films, so I would be lying my ass off. While living among the factionless, they have a surprise meeting with Four's hot mom Evelyn, played by the incomparable Naomi Watts, one of my all-time favorite actresses. Watts is totally wasting her time in this crap, because, well, if Kate Winslet can slum in this pigeon spooge, so can Watts. While Watts makes a fairly brief appearance in this chapter, her character figures to be bigger in future installments. So, consequently, I weep for Watts's immediate film future.