Insurgent (2015)

Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback
Based on: Veronica Roth’s novel
Sequel to: Divergent
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q, Daniel Dae Kim, Janet McTeer
Seen on: 25.03.2015

The Erudite have attacked Abnegation and Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Marcus (Ray Stevenson), Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and Peter (Miles teller) are heading to Amity for a safe place to stay. But Erudite’s attack is just the beginning of an upheaval in their society in which the Divergent have a huge part to play. But Tris doesn’t know what exactly is going on. She just knows that Jeanine (Kate Winslet) won’t stop hunting her.

After Divergent I actually thought I’d skip Insurgent but then I was weak and went to see it after all. And it was actually worse than Divergent.


Insurgent continues to squander its excellent cast (except maybe for Theo James, I think he’s at the limit of his abilities here). I can imagine how this came to be: somebody read the script and decided that they couldn’t possibly be arsed and one by one everybody followed suit. Everybody, that is, but Miles Teller. Admittedly, he’s lucky enough to actually get a character to play and not just a cardboard cutout, but in any case: he really delivers.

Unfortunately, nothing else in the film really works, despite their best attempts to make the plot a little more coherent. At least they did learn regarding the soundtrack which is far from as misguided as in the first film.

insurgent1The film is a mess. Neither the world-building nor the plot make a whole lot of sense. Instead they’re made of clichés and tropes and with every explanation it only gets worse. In fact, the entire series only ever seems to get worse and less original as it goes on. I don’t expect this trend to change with what’s to come.

As I know myself, I’ll probably watch the third film as well (although that they are splitting it into two films – again – might be yet another reason not to. Or at least not to spend money on it in a cinema). But I very much doubt that it would be any good, just like this one wasn’t.

insurgent2Summarizing: Bleargh.

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