It’s the next installment fans have been waiting for and are already lined up to see, from director Robert Schwentke and Summit Entertainment is here – INSURGENT.
Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) have made it away from the clutches of Jeanine (Kate Winslet). Along with brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and Peter (Miles Teller) the group life among faction Amity led by Johanna (Octavia Spencer). This group believes in peace and tranquility which isn’t exactly what Tris has on her mind.
Knowing she must stop Jeanine, Tris decides to face it head on when Amity is under suspicion as Eric (Jai Courtney) and Max (Mekhi Phifer) are sent to look for Divergents. That’s when Peter shows his true colors and sent Tris, Four and Caleb running for their lives.
On a train, a group tries to take them out until Four reveals his true name. The group leader Edgar (Jonny Weston) then takes him to their leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts). Tris learns more about four and the history of what Jeanine is up to. She is thrilled as well to see Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Tori (Maggie Q) once again.
When a call is sent out for Tris to turn herself in, she sees no choice but to have a final showdown. Jeanine will do anything to force Tris to comply – even turning family members and friends against her. Tris just wants to save those she loves before it’s too late!
FINAL WORD: Woodley as Tris has really grown into this character. There are a lot more secrets to be discovered and I’m sure Tris will be the one to take care of it. Woodley gives her character a confidence that only exists on the outside, she still have some inner demons to tackle – oh maybe one outer one too! I like her moxy and admire her insecurities.
James as Four has a bag of secrets that are leaking out slowly. Not that they are horrible but they sure explain a few things. Oh don’t get me wrong, he has a look about him that says ‘you don’t want to meet me in a dark alley’ when he flexes his muscles but he also has the same moxy and insecurity as Tris. Together they really are a force that two more films will reckon with.
Winslet as Jeanine is still as bad as she wants to be. The impeccable exterior and calm demeanor is great for show but clearly she has something to be afraid of. There are only a few moments where she twitches and they are fast so don’t blink or you’ll miss them. Winslet is good at being this kind of bad – period!
Elgort as brother Caleb had me so aggravated, he’s lucky I didn’t throw something at the screen. I won’t give much away but brother or no brother I sure wouldn’t put up with that business! Teller as Peter continues to follow a little bi-polar personality here. Not sure how I feel about his character although there are moments I want to smack him upside the head and then laugh.
Spencer as Johanna is nice to see but her role wasn’t fraught with meaning – at least not yet. Watts as Evelyn is, to my way of thinking, just another Jeanine. Nope I haven’t read the books so don’t spoil it for me. Courtney and Phifer are back as the Dauntless henchmen who believe in their cause and with that belief comes a little bit of evil in my book.
Other cast include: Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Will, Tony Goldwyn as Andrew, Ashley Judd as Natalie, Lucella Costa as Odessa, Ray Stevenson as Marcus, Keiynan Lonsdale as Uriah, Suki Waterhouse as Marlene, Emjay Anthony as Hector, Rosa Salazar as Lynn, and Daniel Dae Kim as Jack Kang.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give INSURGENT four tubs of popcorn out of five. Personally, I wasn’t holding out much hope for the second installment but I was pleased to be proven wrong. The story stayed on track and the action has a purpose and not some crazy hidden meaning I was going to have to wait two more movies out to discover.
The relationship between Tris and Four needs to be straightened out a little more – hey kids, secrets ruin everything so listen up. I also truly appreciated that they kept the ‘love’ scene between these two very clean for a change. It was tender and sweet and that’s all I needed to see – thanks for that.
Many of those at the screening walked away very, very pleased with the film. What I loved most of all is that they agreed with everything I’ve said without even knowing it. I listened as they left the theatre and the words I heard most was “when is the next one?” – always a good sign!
I truly did enjoy the little twists and turns and although sometimes I feel like there are hints of other plots and storylines here I don’t mind it so much. The sets were very good, the costuming was also good and the action sequences weren’t over the top – translated means really, really good!
So take a bow DIVERGENT/INSURGENT gang! I’m sure the next two installments of ALLEGIANT and FOUR shouldn’t be to far into the future – at least I hope not since I’m kind of liking this series.
In the end – one choice can destroy you.