Insurgent – If you liked the first one, you’re going to like this one too!
Director Neil Burger of Divergent could not return to direct Insurgent since the shooting of the second installment begun before the first movie was even finished.
Should I see it?
Insurgent is no masterpiece but it delivers very well for a good entertainment at the theater!
War of the Movies: 7.0/10
Directed by Robert Schwentke
Released on March 20, 2015
Running Time: 119 minutes
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts
The story takes place right after the first one, where Tris, Four, Caleb and Peter are fugitive from the City and wants to stop the killing spread the Jeanine created.
If you remember well the ending of Divergent, Tris, Four, Caleb (Tris brother) and Peter (From the Dauntless faction) are fugitive. Right at the beginning of this sequel, they are taking refuge in little villages in the woods. But when Jeanine gives order that she wants all of the Divergent to be found, Tris and Four find themselves on the run and looking for allies to help them bring down Jeanine and the government. The reason Jeanine wants so much the Divergent? She has a box in her possession that can only be open by a powerful Divergent, and she will stop at nothing until that box is open.
Like every books series, or even movie series, there is always one that is more about the psychological side of the characters. For the Divergent Series, Insurgent is that movie! A good part of it takes place inside Tris head, we see the nightmares she has almost every nights, how she feels about all the death in the first movie, and how she can’t forgive herself for everything. Overall, for quite some time in the movie, she thinks that everything that happen in the first movie is her fault. For the first half of the film, because it’s so focus on the characters, the action comes and go quite irregularly. The second part hook us up on the movie so much more, the story is more fluid and clear. We can more believe in her goal to go against the government in place, and there is a lot more action! What aspect do I love about the Divergent Series that is a big flaw in The Twilight and The Hunger Games Saga? That there is only one man in Tris life! There is no unnecessary love triangle that seems to be too much popular in teenager’s books. Tris is in love with Four, even if she meets other men on her journey, there is no hesitation about her relationship, there’s no time lost on seeing her being unsure between two guys and that is a big thumps up in my opinion.
Shailene Woodley is, in my opinion, one of the best young actress there is. She proved many times before that she has what it takes to play any types of role, and she delivers a good performance as Tris. And why the short hair for Tris? Simply because Woodley refuse to wear a wig after she had to cut her hair for The Fault in Our Stars. Theo James could be a little less stiff, but maybe that’s just the way the director wants him to play his part. New arrival for this one, Naomi Watts as the leader of the factionless. Not great but not bad, I believe we will see more of her in the last movie. As for Kate Winslet, I thought that she seemed more of a menace in the first movie. Ansel Elgort plays Caleb, Tris brother, and there is something that bothers me about his role. It’s not that he doesn’t play it well, but in The Fault of Our Stars, Elgort played Woodley’s love interest and they were so much credible, that it’s weird to see them after as brother and sister!
The special effects were spectacular, some parts of the movie even made us think about Inception, with buildings and houses turning around themselves. However, I didn’t find a justification to pay more and see it in 3D. It’s not that it wasn’t well done, but the technology didn’t really have its place until the second part of the movie, where the action really begins, but before that, when mostly all they do is talking or running for their lives, I didn’t see the need.
I didn’t read the books, so I can’t compare if the movie is a faithful adaptation. However, from what I heard from people I know, they make quite a few important changes that will displease those who liked the book.
If you liked Divergent, because there’s so much more similarity, you will surely like this one too if you don’t mind that it takes some time for the action to really start. But when there is, it’s really well done and explosive!
Insurgent is worth a shot if you liked the first one, I think its primary role is to entertain the watchers, and I believe the director delivers on that front.