So I was a little late in seeing this especially as I saw Divergent on its release date, However, I remember my cinema experience being marred somewhat by overexcited teenage girls and seeing Insurgent once all the hype had died down, certainly made a difference. A new director on board and even more drama unfolding, I was always curious about how Insurgent would compare.
After the events of Divergent, which left off on a devastation revolutionary note, Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and Peter (Miles Teller) seek shelter with Amity, the faction of peace and love. However, whilst there, the Dauntless who are hunting Divergents burst in and chase them onto a moving train full of the factionless. A brawl ensues before Four gives the factionless his true name and they take him to meet their leader, his mother Evelyn who was believed dead. Tris and Four travel to Candor, leaving Caleb behind to return to Abnegation. In Candor, the remaining Dauntless are waiting and the plot to rise against Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the Erudite begins.
Insurgent is full of dark secrets, truth revealing and spell-binding cinematography. The scenes where Tris is within simulations are truly stunning and there are many times where your heart is in your mouth. I felt that I connected to Tris a lot more in this film, as all facets of her personality are clearly shown. She is brave, kind, honest, selfless and intelligent and it doesn’t really come across as well in Divergent. In the second film, we see her standing her ground and really fighting for what she knows to be right. I was really rooting for her in places, even though she is by no means one of my favourite protagonists.
There was also much more of sci-fi element to Insurgent. A lot of elaborate imagery and effects were on show, namely the slow disintegration of Four and the city in the simulations were mesmerizing to watch. The stark contrasts between Amity and Erudite were particularly striking as one lives in peaceful simplicity whilst the other is powered by intelligence and technology. The mirrors between their world and ours were also apparent when considering the differences between these two factions. Amity are the farming faction whilst Erudite are the governors. Much like reality, the farmers who grow the food that keeps us alive, live in humble houses with close to no possessions whereas the government, who are often corrupt and selfish, live in luxury with everything that they could possibly desire.
I have yet to read Allegiant, so I have no idea what to expect from the final installment. The neat ending of Insurgent also intrigues me as it could easily have been a duology. The final book received incredibly mixed reviews and that makes me nervous to finally wrap the series up, as I really don’t want to feel let down. Here’s hoping to avoid another lame dystopian ending!