Divergent series: Insurgent review

The second in popular Divergent book series



A banner showcasing the new movie, Insurgent.

by Gigi Allen, Staff Writer

The movie Insurgent is based off the second novel written in the Divergent series written by Veronica Roth. It is a must see film, showcasing internal, believable human struggles, emotions and a girl taking on the world.

The film starts out with the protagonist Tris (Shailene Woodley); her new boyfriend, Four (Theo James); her only family member left, her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort); Four’s abusive father and ex-leader of Abnegation, Marcus (Ray Stevenson); and foe Peter (Miles Teller). The four have found sanctuary in Amity, one of the Factions, but peace does not last when the rogue Dauntless warriors and Erudite soldiers come looking for Divergent’s Jeanine(Kate Winslet), the corrupt leader of Erudite and now leader of the council. She has blamed the vicious attack on Abnegation from the first book and movie in the series on a group of what she calls “The rogue Divergent’s and their sympathizers.”

Tris and her friends then take shelter with a group of Factionless humans led by a leader that Four seems to hate. The leader in question, Evelyn Johnson-Eaton (Naomi Watts), wants to bring down all of the government officials.

Soon Tris realizes that Jeanine is hunting for her specifically in order to open a special box device that can only be opened by a Divergent. She believes the device will bring official laws in place to support her cause and rise for power. Tris is stuck in an internal struggle of hating herself, wishing no one will ever get hurt for her again and knowing that she needs to fight if she wants to protect the ones she loves.

In this film, the audience is given more opportunists to witness Tris’s emotional struggle that plagues her nightmares. The real human emotions of not knowing how to forgive herself are beautifully tied in to the film of a futuristic society that can only function on being separated. The internal struggle is also seen in Peter and Caleb, too. With Peter it really didn’t take much screen time for him to act on his thoughts.

Caleb loves his sister and even tells her that she is the last person in this world that he truly cares about, but he can’t get behind her and Four’s cause of killing Jeanine. He doesn’t believe in this civil war and he believes that stopping his sister is what is truly the best for everyone.

“Whats more selfless then that?”- Caleb from Insurgent 

This movie even shows more into the mind of Jeanine and how twisted she has become. She feels that her gaining power and taking down the Divergents is what is best for everyone. Now there are differences from the movie to the book for those who favor the book.

This movie has it all from romance to action, to the human struggle of needing to protect those they care about. Forgiving is a hard thing to do, and Tris shows that a person can’t just do it all of a sudden. Insurgent shows that one can’t simply say the truth to set them free.

Rating: A- (for straying from the original book line but still including a powerful message)

Time: 119 minutes

Rating PG-13