Insurgent (2015)

Insurgent
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

Plot:
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.

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Divergent (2014)

Divergent
Director: Neil Burger
Writer: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor
Based on: Veronica Roth’s novel
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Kate Winslet

Plot:
In Beatrice’ (Shailene Woodley) world, people are divided into five castes according to their strengths – Abnegation are the selfless, Erudite the intelligence, Candor the truthful, Dauntless the brave and Amity the peaceful. Until their 16th birthday, kids just live in the caste of their parents, but then there’s an aptitude test and they have to choose their own place. For Beatrice that means ending up to choose Dauntless, while her brother (Ansel Elgort) chooses Erudite – much to the shock of their parents who practically lose them both since they remain in Abnegation. Adapting to the new caste is a challenge for Beatrice, now Tris, and having a crush on her instructor Four (Theo James) doesn’t help. But there are even bigger things at stake.

I’m already not a huge fan of the book series but the film was even worse. Flat, boring and pretty much wasting the (supporting) cast.

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Allegiant (Veronica Roth)

Allegiant is the final novel in Veronica Roth‘s Divergent trilogy.

Plot [With SPOILERS for everything that has come before]:
After finding out that there is a world outside the fence that always surrounded the city, Tris is dead set on leaving and finding out how they came to be where they are now. Tobias is less convinced that this is a good idea but he, and a few others, goes along anyway. And not only do they find out more about their own history and ancestry they also realize what they have to fight for.

I was not blown away by either Divergent or Insurgent but even with a rather mild interest and not many expectations, I was still let down by Allegiant. I am not exactly sure why I finished it at all.

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Insurgent (Veronica Roth)

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. [Here’s my review of the first book, Divergent.]

Plot [with SPOILERS for Divergent]:
Insurgent picks up directly after Divergent: The Erudite have attacked Abnegation and Tris, Four, Marcus, Caleb and Peter are heading to Amity for a safe place to stay. But the 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 only knows that Marcus knows more than he cares to admit.

Insurgent, much like Divergent, is a quick, nice read. But there are also a few things that don’t work too well. In short, it didn’t blow me away but it was rather entertaining.

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Divergent (Veronica Roth)

Divergent is the first novel in the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth.

Plot:
In Beatrice’ world, people are divided into five castes according to their strengths – Abnegation are the selfless, Erudite the intelligence, Candor the truthful, Dauntless the brave and Amity the peaceful. Until their 16th birthday, kids just live in the caste of their parents, but then there’s an aptitude test and they have to choose their own place. For Beatrice that means ending up to choose Dauntless, while her brother chooses Erudite – much to the shock of their parents who practically lose them both since they remain in Abnegation. Adapting to the new caste is a challenge for Beatrice, now Tris, and having a crush on her instructor Four doesn’t help. But there are even bigger things at stake.

Divergent is a book that pulls you in and along, which is a good thing because I wasn’t interested enough that I would have weathered longer periods of drag. But as is, it was quite entertaining.

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