Review: Insurgent (Divergent movies #2)
Series: Divergent movies #2
Also in this series: Divergent *, Allegiant *
Released by Summit on 18 March 2015
Length: 1h 59m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson, Naomi Watts.
Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
About a year ago, I saw Divergent for the first time. I really loved it, even though there were some changes from the book (between Divergent and now I have made peace with the fact that movies will never be the same as the books they’re based on). Then I waited for Insurgent to come out; watched some trailers, reread the book and just got really excited for the movie.
And I have to say, I really loved Insurgent as well. There was a bit more action in this movie, a bit more story now that (most of) the characters were introduced and yeah I liked it! I did notice that this movie was different from Divergent because they had a new director, but to be honest it didn’t really bother me that much (not as much as it did with The Hunger Games; the differences between the first and second/third movie are huge imo).
Let me talk about the actors first, because wow this cast is amazing. The ones we knew from the previous movie were superb (Shailene, Theo, Ansel, Miles, Jai, Kate, etc etc; wow), and the new characters were good as well (Octavia Spencer as Johanna, Rosa Salazar (whose last name is P E R F E C T) as Lynn, Suki Waterhouse as Marlene, Keiynan Lonsdale as Uriah (who I adored), Emjay Anthony as Hector (who was just A D O R A B L E) and Naomi Watts as Evelyn (which was a bit strange, seeing as she looked about the same age as Four). This movie is just full of beautiful ladies and gorgeous men wow a+ for the people who did the casting!
In the book, Tris goes through an emotional journey because she killed one of her best friends at the end of Divergent. She can’t hold a gun, she has nightmares, she fights with Four a lot; and that wasn’t really there in the movie. She does have nightmares and sees things that aren’t really there, but she’s not really as emotional as she was in the book. And I am okay with that. Because this is a movie full of action, and so was the book, and she needs to be able to fire a gun in this movie otherwise she’d be vulnerable. Yes I was a bit sad that she didn’t seem to have that much flaws in this movie – but I also got it. View Spoiler »Someone used the argument that Mockingjay pt 1 did a better job at portraying a heroine having a mental breakdown but in my opinion, nothing major really happened in the first part of the Mockingjay book, so Katniss had all the ‘time’ to break down. She was ‘safe’ in District Thirteen for most of the part, while Tris was still being hunted by Jeanine and yeah I don’t really think you can compare those two things to each other, but that’s just me. « Hide Spoiler
Of course, with a 525 page book, and only an approximately two hour movie, you have to cut a lot, and that did of course happen with this movie. Some scenes I really loved in the book weren’t there (the peace serum scene for example, but I hadn’t expected it to be there). But there were other scenes that made up for it. Like I said before, I wasn’t too bothered with it being different from the book because I get it. That will never happen. (Mockingjay got really close but it’s still not exactly the same as the book). Some scenes in the book were even put together (to people who’ve seen the movie: the box), and I thought that was very well done.
Yes there were some disappointments (like some scenes not being there, some characters not having more screentime
*cough* marlene, uriah, lynn, tori *cough*) but hey, it’s a two hour movie, and hopefully there’ll be deleted scenes like with Divergent. And of course, the 3D was a big nope for me. I have headaches basically 24/7 and 3D make them even worse. The only 3D movies I really enjoyed were the Hobbit movies, but that was because they were 3D HFR. So next time I’ll be watching Insurgent, it will be in 2D (if they show that at all at my local cinema, otherwise I’ll just wait for the DVD).
In the end, I loved Insurgent – even with its flaws. If you loved the Divergent movie, go and see Insurgent, if you loved the books, go and see Insurgent. If you are a book purist, do NOT go and see Insurgent (or do, but please do not complain about it being ‘so different from the book oh my god’).
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