The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, picks up where the last film left off, with Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four, (Theo James), her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort), and frenemy Peter (Miles Teller) are on the run from the Erudite faction who are in pursuit after the group ruined their plans for a coup.
Robert Schwentke directed the sequel, based on the book series by Veronica Roth, with a screenplay by Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman and Mark Bomback. The film does not really follow the novel, and may appear almost unrecognizable to fans of the book. This works to the film’s advantage, getting rid of some of the more annoying plot lines and simplifying the story. For example, the conspiring between Tris and the leader of Abnegation, Marcus, has been completely removed. The filmmakers have also scrapped the bickering between Tris and Four. Without discussing the end sequence to avoid spoiling the end of the film or the novel, it’s completely changed. Many of the supporting characters from the first film are back, but they barely appear, leaving the focus on Tris, Four, and their struggle against Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of Erudite.
Jeanine is trying to find a divergent to unlock a box that she thinks contains a necessary element for her to be in charge of dystopian Chicago. Meanwhile, Tris, Four and friends are trying to get the other factions to join them in their rebellion against the Erudite and the faction system as a whole.
As a series, Insurgent continues to present Tris as a hero, with the guys, including Four, acting as her support, often acting alongside her as her soldier in combat. However, Tris finds that her goals require more than leadership, and she struggles with how to come to terms with that and what decisions to make.
The film has many strong women, though it makes little use of many of its actors. Woodley and James give passable performances but have little to work with in regard to any character development or depth. The film also stars Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Daniel Dae Kim and Maggie Q, though the fact that they haven’t been mentioned until now is an accurate representation of their use in the film.
The film has a crisp look, more sepia compared to the blue tones of the first film. The film is entertaining and worth watching if you’re a fan of dystopian movies or light action films, as looking as your only looking for entertainment and not anything too intellectual or Oscar worthy. Insurgent is available on Blu-ray and DVD.
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