March 20th kicked off the beginning of a very busy movie season for me. Insurgent came out in theaters! Coming soon is Home (DreamWorks animated), Furious 7, Avengers 2, Jurassic Park, Terminator Genisys… just to name a few. So as I stated on Monday, we just got back from a vacation to Michigan. While there, in the mix of other various plans, we took our kids and my niece Hanna to see the newest Divergent movie Insurgent.
For those of you not familiar with this series, it started as a book series by Veronica Roth and follows the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior. In a post-apocalyptic world (isn’t that the big seller these days?), the world they know is that the human race that survived, lives in a world surrounded by a fence. That world is split into five different factions.
You have Dauntless (the brave and fearless), Erudite (the smart ones a.k.a the know-it-alls), Amity (the passive peacekeepers), Candor (the truthful, think Jim Carrey in Liar Liar without all the funny), and Abnegation (the selfless do-gooders).
Now I could tell you the play-by-play of Divergent, but that defeats the purpose because this is about the sequel. If you’re interested in learning about it, you can see the movie, read the book, or at the very least, Google it.
So the full cast is back pretty much, and it picks up with Tris, Tobias “Four” Eaton, Tris’ brother Caleb, Peter, Eric, Jeanine, the whole gang.
The story was good, kept me guessing at how the newly defiant and factionless will cope with being hunted. It also gives some insight into Four instead of solely being about Tris, and how some people believe the oath that it’s “Faction before Blood”.
Filled with special effects, that much to my children’s dismay, we did not see in 3D. Head injury that has left me with seizures make 3D movies almost impossible to sit through.
The Good: Jai Courtney. HAHA I’m only kind of kidding as my newfound Jai Courtney obsession is bound to follow his career no matter what he does. I mean come on… he is pretty beautiful:
Aside from that though, I love movies where the person that isn’t a societal norm is your hero/heroine. Tris is being hunted basically because she’s a non-conformist. She can’t be labeled because her mind works in various ways outside of the typical “normal” person who is predominantly only one type of way. They have given us characters that you root for. They’ve given us a strong female to root for no less, instead of one that is whiney, or depending on a man while she is claiming to not need a man.
Tris kicks ass more than most of her male counterparts, I enjoy it.
Not to mention, Miles Teller gave some great snark in this movie as well:
The Bad: Death. There are some deaths in this that I’m not happy with, some betrayals that I think hit a little too close to home for me personally. The biggest downfall to this movie though is solely personal, as I KNOW what’s coming thanks to spoilers from my daughter who’s read the books, and I’m not looking forward to the final installment. According to my daughter and niece, their unhappiness at the deviations from the book made them feel that this movie was just so-so, but as someone who hasn’t read the books yet, I liked it.
I would recommend it in theatres, unless you’re a book snob who gets mad at creative changes made in movies, otherwise save your money and wait for DVD… either way it’s worth the time you’ll spend watching it.
As an action movie fan I would give it a solid 4.5 stars out of 5. It’s not Hunger Games… it’s way better.
*Insurgent is in theaters starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, and Ansel Elgort*