The Divergent Series: Insurgent

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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. Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Zoë Kravitz return alongside new additions Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.

In the wreckage of a futuristic Chicago, Tris (Woodley) attempts to find her comrades while living life on the run as a fugitive alongside Four (James). With Jeanine (Winslet), leader of the elitist Erudite faction, closing in on them, Tris must discover what her parents died to protect. But Janine isn’t the only one catching up with Tris – the truth of the family’s past closes in on her too.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman co-wrote the script, which may either be a good thing (he wrote A Beautiful Mind) or a bad thing (he wrote and directed A Winter’s Tale).

2015Rating: M, Science fiction themes and violence119 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Underwhelming

Although Divergent didn't set the world on fire, it was a solid beginning to the franchise and promised so much more. Sadly Insurgent does not deliver, barely going through the motions. Nothing much to see here.

2.0
0

Ho-Hum

We are a little bit spoiled on the YA dystopian films and this one just doesn't do anything exciting enough to warrant a reccomendation. It's lacking that excitement that makes me want to keep up with this series.

2.0
0

Form but no substance

Plot holes galore, and not enough background info for it to stand alone as a solo film. All they do is run from one place to the next with no character development to make us care about any of them. There's a lot of dependence on CGI, and not much on writing skills.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Considering that Insurgent is meant to represent the series’ great civil war, it all comes across feeling like a tempest in a teapot...

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Kate Winslet as the villainous, power-hungry, ice-cool blonde is the best thing in this overlong sequel...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

What a waste of Shailene Woodley the Divergent franchise is turning out to be.

2.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It plays like a listless mash-up of every Young Adult franchise movie you’ve ever seen...

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There’s no question that the feature is a leaner, meaner affair than its predecessor.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Once you swallow the giant pill that is the premise, it just about makes sense, and Woodley sells it with all her conviction.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Considering that Insurgent is meant to represent the series’ great civil war, it all comes across feeling like a tempest in a teapot...

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Kate Winslet as the villainous, power-hungry, ice-cool blonde is the best thing in this overlong sequel...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

What a waste of Shailene Woodley the Divergent franchise is turning out to be.

2.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It plays like a listless mash-up of every Young Adult franchise movie you’ve ever seen...

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There’s no question that the feature is a leaner, meaner affair than its predecessor.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Once you swallow the giant pill that is the premise, it just about makes sense, and Woodley sells it with all her conviction.

3.0
0

Underwhelming

Although Divergent didn't set the world on fire, it was a solid beginning to the franchise and promised so much more. Sadly Insurgent does not deliver, barely going through the motions. Nothing much to see here.

2.0
0

Ho-Hum

We are a little bit spoiled on the YA dystopian films and this one just doesn't do anything exciting enough to warrant a reccomendation. It's lacking that excitement that makes me want to keep up with this series.

2.0
0

Form but no substance

Plot holes galore, and not enough background info for it to stand alone as a solo film. All they do is run from one place to the next with no character development to make us care about any of them. There's a lot of dependence on CGI, and not much on writing skills.

2.0
0