“I know this doesn’t make any sense,” insists Shailene Woodley’s Tris
That sentiment pretty much sums up this listless sequel (* ½ out of four; rated PG-13; opens Friday nationwide). This second installment, based onVeronica Roth’s series of YA novels, feels cobbled together and less focused than 2014’s Divergent, and lacks tension and excitement.
Tris and Four (Theo James), the post-apocalyptic lovebirds, are fugitives from the confining — and ungrammatical — social system that sorts citizens into five factions, based on human virtues: Amity, Abnegation, Candor, Erudite and Dauntless.
They must hide out because they’ve been exposed as divergent, which means they don’t fit precisely into any one category. Divergents are seen as treacherous members to be destroyed, by megalomaniacal leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet). But, it’s clear she’s threatened by these advanced and liberated folks.