The next instalment of Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel trilogy, Insurgent offers audiences surreal thrills and fast moving action.
Insurgent follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) after the attack on Abnegation. They take refuge in peace-loving faction Amity where they build up their strength and start planning an attack on Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and Erudite. Tris is emotionally affected by the passing of her parents and Four has issues of his own, all while corrupt dauntless leader Eric (Jai Courtney) invades Amity on the search for Divergents. Tris and Four must once again evade detection and journey forward to find out the truth behind the corrupt faction system. As they are on the run Jeanine is also on the search to find the perfect divergent. This Divergent must be strong enough to open a gilded box containing a message about the faction system from the founding forefathers.
Insurgent is definitely an improvement on the first Divergent film. It has some good action sequences and gives audiences more insight into the different factions. Kate Winslet puts in a good performance as Jeanine and Miles Teller plays great villain/hero as Peter. The two leads have believable chemistry and the simulation sequences give the film a uniqueness when compared to other dystopian sagas. Tris’ devastation at the loss of her family and her hatred of seeing those she loves killed is perhaps a little overplayed throughout the film but, the action sequences more than make up for this.
This film will satisfy those who enjoyed the first film and leaves the audience wondering what is behind the elusive wall that has contained the factions for over 200 years.
Star Rating: 3/5
Running time: 119 minutes
Directed by Robert Schwentke
Words by Sarah Clarry