Insurgent – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… Insurgent
Insurgent is the second part of the Divergent trilogy. The story takes place in a futuristic dystopian version of Chicago. Within the city, society has been divided into factions based on people their primary characteristic; Abnegation (selflessness), Candor (honesty), Amity (peacefulness), Dauntless (brave), and Erudite (intelligence).
The slums are filled with people who have no affiliation to any of these characteristics, and are called factionless. But not being part of a group is still better than being part of multiple groups. People that show an inherent capacity to more than one of these fundamental characteristics are called Divergent. These people are considered to be too unpredictable and are deemed a threat to society. And are being treated accordingly.
The story picks up directly after the events in Divergent. Erudite has destroyed Abnegation by mind controlling Dauntless. Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), and the others have escaped to hippie camp Amity to rest and regroup.
Meanwhile, Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) has taken control over the city. She refutes Erudite’s involvement with the destruction of Abnegation and stresses the importance of defending society against divergents. This is all done in a very non-democratic Palpatine kind of way. The Emperor would have been proud.
Tris and Four realise that the only way for them to be safe is to revolt against Erudite. While on the run from the authorities they form alliances and start a revolution. Viva la resistance.
Should I Watch It?
Divergent was incredibly farfetched and unexciting. Insurgent is no different, except that it makes even less sense. It is a barrage of scenes that either shows uneventful action or uninteresting dialogue. A lot of the story happens off camera and often no- to little explanation is given.
It does not win any points for acting either. Not a single actor shines in this movie. They all give stale and unconvincing performances. My initial reaction after seeing Divergent was that many characters were miscast and this has not changed. None of them grow on you.
I do not care for Insurgent. The acting is bad, the action is mediocre, and the story is terrible. I feel the movie centres too much on Tris, and I suspect that as a consequence a lot of the story and context is missing. Insurgent is a prime example on how not to adapt a book into a movie.
No, don’t watch it.