Review by Dwayne Lennox
In a dystopian future the world as we know it has collapsed and those who survive live within the giant walls of a once great city. The populace are divided into five factions - Abnegation, Amity, Erudite, Dauntless and Candor - each with their role to play. But those who possess talents which place them outside of any particular faction are deemed a threat to social cohesion.
These people are known as Divergents, and upon testing Tris (Shailene Woodley) discovers that she is one. Joining the ranks of Dauntless, and managing to keep her secret hidden, Tris must navigate her suspicions about whom she can trust; the attentions of the city's leader, Jeanine (Kate Winslet); and her feelings for Four (Theo James), her Dauntless leader.
Expanding upon the world set-up in 2014's Divergent, Insurgent sees our Tris now part of a rebellious faction; on the run from the powers-that-be and determined to bring down Jeanine. Joining this fight, and the franchise, are Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Naomi Watts (21 Grams), along with returning cast members Miles Teller (Whiplash), Ansel Elgort (Fault In Our Stars) Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Jai Courteny (Terminator Genisys).
The second film in this franchise, and adapted from the novels by Veronica Roth, Insurgent is directed by Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler's Wife) and is an impressive mix of action and visual effects, with Shailene Woodley once again giving a strong lead performance.
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Insurgent is the sequel to the 2014 film Divergent and the second installment in The Divergent Series.
Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago.
They must find out what Tris' family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and -- ultimately -- the future of their world.
Theo James (above) is a British actor who scored his first huge movie break with the Divergent series. Divergent fans—there will be at least two more Divergent movies coming in 2016, and 2017.
James will star in London Fields and an Indie drama, called Franny, soon also. Theo was not an unheard of actor in England, he had already appeared as Jed Harper in Bedlam, in 2011, and Golden Boy in 2013.
Just in case you are wondering Four’s real name is a long one — Theodore Peter James Kinnard Taptiklis.
- Genre: Action
- Runtime: 119 minutes