Insurgent (2015) Review

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Insurgent is sci-fi dystopian action adventure movie; screenplay written by Akiva Goldman, Brian Duffield, Mark Bomback and directed by Robert Schwentke.  Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy, written by Veronica Roth. It is also the second installment and sequel to the The Divergent Series, released by Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate (time 119 min).

Roth wrote Divergent while she was a student at Northwestern University and eventually became published by Harper Collins.  Divergent was filmed in Chicago, Illinois and Insurgent was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia.

In this post-apocalyptic society that Roth has created, there are 5 factions: Abnegation, the selfless; Amity, the peaceful; Candor, the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, the intellectual. In this Chicago dystopian, each individual is forced to choose a faction. Those that are forced out of their group are called factionless.

Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley), Caleb Prior (Ansel Elgort), Peter (Miles Teller), Tobias “Four” Eaton (Theo James) and his father Marcus (Ray Stevenson) have taken refuge with Amity after escaping a terrible battle with government soldiers controlled by Jeanine Matthews. Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer), the leader of Amity, warns them of the danger that insurgents bring to their peaceful faction. These band of rebels are hunted because Tris is a divergent and because they have crossed Jeanine (Kate Winslet), who has taken over the government council with Erudite. The hunted divergent and any supporters are decreed as a threat to society.

Tris must face her fears as she goes up against Jeanine and “The Dream Machine”. Tris is the only one who can take down the regime. Janine searches for the key to a box with a message that contains information that the ancestors have left. Janine will stop at nothing to find all divergent and destroy them, but not before she finds the key. The factionless join the rank of the rebels which include Tris and Four’s chosen faction, the Dauntless. Caleb Prior, Tris’s brother unexpectedly leaves them and goes off on his own returning to the Erudite. In the end, he is faced with the poor decisions that he has made. In this installment, Tris becomes more confident and tenacious. She is steadfast in her decisions to survive and save all of society. Now, that her parents are gone; she wants to take down Janine at any cost. Nothing will get in her way. Apparently, one thing that Tris has in common with Janine: domination.

There are many twists and turns in this film, which make it an excellent action film. I understood the movie better than I did the book because of the explicit details of her dreams. I loved the film Divergent and Insurgent was also a good source of entertainment. The special effects meshed well with the plot and sequencing, which demonstrated not only actions in the dreams, but also Tris’ emotions. This film felt very similar to the dream sequences in Inception (2010) with Christopher Nolen and Leonardo DiCaprio. Overall, I’d give this film 3 ½ stars out of 5.

Other notable Actors include: Ashley Judd, Naomi Watts, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz

 

 

 

 

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