By Carolyn Perlmutter | News Editor
The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second movie in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best selling series Divergent, stars Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, Theo James as Tobias (Four) Eaton, Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior, Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews and Miles Teller as Peter. Insurgent grossed $52,263,680 on opening weekend, March 20.
Insurgent begins by briefly explaining the faction system, which is comprised of five factions: Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity and Candor. The idea that “Divergence” (fitting into too many factions) is a danger to society is also quickly introduced. The movie fails to go in-depth on these key details making the movie confusing to viewers who have not previously seen Divergent or read the series.
The action begins with Tris, Tobias, Caleb and Peter hiding out in Amity. They are forced to flee their sanctuary when Dauntless arrive trying to find Tris and Tobias forcing them to flee.
Insurgent follows Tris and Tobias as they struggle to avoid being captured, forge unlikely alliances and inevitably face off with Jeanine, the leader of Erudite who has imposed martial law on the city to root out the “Divergent problem” and unlock a message left by the original founders of the society.
The movie is action packed and filled with special effects, a result of the $110 million production budget.
Shailene Woodley’s performance is the reason Insurgent is such a success. She is a strong leading lady and manages to carry the entire movie on her shoulders.
Miles Teller also does a fantastic job playing his character, showing that he is truly one of Hollywood’s rising young stars. Teller manages to skillfully play Peter, capturing his true personality and bringing it life.
Insurgent also focuses on action more than character development and follows the book much less than Divergent did.
Overall, fans of the series will not be disappointed, but may be surprised by some differences between the book and movie. For people who have not previously read at least the first book, the movie is confusing at best.