Monday, March 30, 2015

Movie review of Insurgent by Daniel Kilgallon

Insurgent (PG-13)

Run Time: 119 min

Insurgent is a new science-fiction/action movie and film adaption of the same named book; the second installment in author Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. The movie features an impressive young cast including: Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Miles Teller as well as the veteran Kate Winslet. 

Insurgent is a sequel to last year’s Divergent and will be followed by two more movies: Allegiant: Part 1 and Part 2, coming out in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Obviously, this is following the same model as the seemingly endless string of teen book to film productions, including the extremely popular Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games franchises. I never read any of the Divergent books, but I did enjoy the first film nonetheless. However, I thought it was a bit of a down step from the extremely comparable Hunger Games movies. Heading into Insurgent, I had optimistic hopes that it would be one of those rare sequels that tops its predecessor in every way. Unfortunately, it did not quite reach my very high expectations, but it was at least more exciting than the original movie.

The dystopian future of the Divergent series focuses on the post-apocalyptic city of Chicago, in which society is divided into five different factions based on their talents and values. These factions are: Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, Candor and the Factionless group for those who don’t fit in one. 

Insurgent picks up right after the first movie, with our protagonists Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) on the run, following a violent takeover from the Erudites and their leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet). This sequel is full of unexpected plot twists, so I will keep the rest of my summary brief and spoiler free. All I will say is that the tension between the factions is building and a rebellion is seemingly imminent, as all the different groups search for allies and answers. 

Although I didn't find it to be quite as good as its predecessor, I thought that Insurgent was a pretty decent movie. There was a little more action than the original for sure, but the plot had a bit too much going on and was somewhat hard to follow. However, the action scenes were quite exciting and Shailene Woodley did a very good job in her lead role. Overall, Insurgent is a solid action movie that fans of the books will most likely enjoy.

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