The Divergent Series: Insurgent

The Divergent Series: Insurgent


Defy reality.

Shailene Woodley leads this follow-up to 2014’s Divergent, the young adult dystopian sci-fi about a heavily-guarded community in the near future broken into five factions based on individual skill sets. Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Zoë Kravitz return alongside new additions Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.... More

In the wreckage of a futuristic Chicago, Tris (Woodley) attempts to find her comrades while living life on the run as a fugitive alongside Four (James). With Jeanine (Winslet), leader of the elitist Erudite faction, closing in on them, Tris must discover what her parents died to protect. But Janine isn’t the only one catching up with Tris – the truth of the family’s past closes in on her too.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman co-wrote the script, which may either be a good thing (he wrote A Beautiful Mind) or a bad thing (he wrote and directed A Winter’s Tale).Hide

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To the casual moviegoer, it was almost impossible to discern what set Divergent apart from its YA-inspired brethren – it was as generic as movies come.... More

With a rebellion er... catching fire... in the world of Divergent for the sequel, the familiarity is still strongly felt. But it's a little easier to stomach the lack of originality when the film gets down to business, action-wise.

Freed from the world-building burdens of the first film, Insurgent is able to focus on delivering a series of half-way decent action set-pieces. Again, nothing ground-breaking happening here, but at least they're stealing from the best – some very Christopher Nolan-esque aesthetics are embraced.

Shailene Woodley, surrounded by her love interests from previous movies, projects lightweight spunk in the lead role, while a boringly broody Theo James offers up a variety of grimaces. Kate Winslet brings mild villainous heft, even though she appears to stand in the same spot for the entire movie. A dark-haired Naomi Watts makes her presence felt as a new addition to the cast.

Although Insurgent is predictably guilty of the most predictable YA crime – watering down potent sci-fi ideas with teen angst – it nevertheless demonstrates confidence in its simplistic ambitions, and appears to be playing directly to its target audience.

The first film was impossible to take seriously and that is still the case for the sequel. But it's less of a chore.Hide

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BY thorinoak superstar

Although Divergent didn't set the world on fire, it was a solid beginning to the franchise and promised so much more. Sadly Insurgent does not deliver, barely going through the motions. Nothing much to see here.

BY MissP superstar

We are a little bit spoiled on the YA dystopian films and this one just doesn't do anything exciting enough to warrant a reccomendation. It's lacking that excitement that makes me want to keep up with this series.

BY Caroll nobody

Plot holes galore, and not enough background info for it to stand alone as a solo film. All they do is run from one place to the next with no character development to make us care about any of them. There's a lot of dependence on CGI, and not much on writing skills.

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  • There’s no question that the feature is a leaner, meaner affair than its predecessor. Full Review

  • Considering that Insurgent is meant to represent the series’ great civil war, it all comes across feeling like a tempest in a teapot... Full Review

  • It plays like a listless mash-up of every Young Adult franchise movie you’ve ever seen... Full Review

  • Once you swallow the giant pill that is the premise, it just about makes sense, and Woodley sells it with all her conviction. Full Review

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