Insurgent Film Review

Film Review by Saskia Donnell

The Premise
Shailene Woodley leads this follow-up to 2014’s Divergent, the young adult dystopian sci-fi about a heavily-guarded community in the near future broken into five factions based on individual skill sets.

The Review
Now I’ll admit that Insurgent has plot holes and lacks a convincing environment or believable dystopian society. However, mainly due to the engrossing performance given by Shailene Woodley as the protagonist Tris, it will still hook you and quickly drag you into its wonderful chaos (if you’ll let it).

The film’s main focus is on Dauntless and The Factionless coming together to build a resistance against Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the Erudites who are trying to discover the contents of a mysterious box left by the founders of the walled society. However, I found the more moving and fascinating storyline to surround Tris herself.

Even though I was initially surprised by her drastically short haircut, it becomes a fitting symbol for the emotional barriers Tris stops hiding behind. Throughout the film we watch as Tris is forced to deal with her feelings of guilt and self-hatred over the demise of her parents and friend Will. Ultimately it is due to her own growth and self-acceptance that the truth behind the society’s creation is discovered.

Shailene Woodley is not alone in the captivating department. Kate Winslet performs in her first ever sequel and I’m glad she did because she is perfectly cast. Her cruel, hardened performance as Jeanine is all the more shocking because of Kate’s lovely face! You keep expecting her features to suddenly soften and her to be like “Hey guys, just kidding, I don’t want to kill any more people”.

Naomi Watts joins the cast as Four’s mother, Evelyn. She doesn’t get enough screen time to give a truly convincing performance, but is well set-up to be an interesting character in the following installment.

The deconstructed worlds created within the simulations are the only times you see some true originality in the film and are a definite highlight. You can never be quite sure when Tris’ dreaming, living or in a simulation throughout the movie, which really keeps you on your toes.

The Verdict
If you enjoyed Divergent you will definitely love Insurgent. If you can overlook a few plot holes and a potentially unconvincing dystopian society, then please do! The characters, relationships and trials Insurgent presents is what makes it a fantastic and memorable movie.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 19th March 2015
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 119 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi Drama
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz
Director: Robert Schwentke (Time Traveller’s Wife, Red)

The Extras
In an attempt to prevent spoilers and keep secrecy, the working title of the project while filming was changed to "Mineral".

After cutting her hair for the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster for The Fault in Our Stars, Shailene Woodley decided she did not want to wear a wig for Insurgent. In the book, Tris does cut her hair but not as short as seen in the movie.

Though many believe that Edgar will be another love interest for Tris, that is not true, as Veronica Roth clarified that there will not be a love triangle.

Several of the actors completed principal photography on other films while filming this movie. Miles Teller filmed Fantastic Four (2015), Jai Courtney filmed Terminator Genisys (2015), and Kate Winslet filmed Triple 9 (2015).

Edgar, who is played by Jonny Weston, is actually a new character. Edgar is not in the book.

Shailene Woodley refused to wear a wig in this film, after cutting her hair for the role of Hazel Grace in The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

The cube that is in the beginning of the trailer is not in the book.