Film Review: Insurgent

Insurgent (Divergent Series #2)

Release date: 19th March 2015

Director: Robert Schwentke

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney

Runtime: 119 minutes

Genre: Science-Fiction, Dystopia, Action

Watched in: 2D

Rating: 4/5 stars

I’m kind of late posting this review. It’s taken me a while to get around to it and then I thought I’d posted it but obviously I didn’t. And now the film isn’t in cinemas anymore. Oh well.

Tris, Four and their friends are now on the run from the leader of Eriudite, Jeanine, who is hunting down the Divergents. They discover that Tris’ parents died because they were protecting something, a piece of information that has been kept secret, which will reveal the real past of the Faction system.

As someone who has read the books I can say that the first half is fairly accurate to the book, with some minor details missing, but as with the first film the ending is quite different. What they added though wasn’t necessarily bad. It still kind of made sense. If you haven’t read the books though then you will enjoy it.

Once again there’s a lot of snazzy CGI and action scenes going on. But what I like about the way they’ve done the films for this series is that in including all the snazziness they haven’t sacrificed the emotional element and the character development.

Once again the acting is great. Shailene Woodley’s performance of a broken Tris was excellent, she really shined in this one, presenting Tris’ inner conflicts really well. The rest of the actors also did great jobs, though I’m still questioning the casting of Evelyn as almost everybody else who read the books has.

The very end, what happens after all the action, is very different from the end of the book, so I’m wondering where they’re going with it. As the last book was so awful I’m expecting they’ll change it quite a bit, so maybe altering the ending of the second one is leading into that. We’ll just have to wait and see.

If you haven’t read the books it is great! If you have, you will notice many differences and lack of development of characters such as Marlene which was a shame, but it is still a good adaption and worth watching.

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