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Film Review: 'Insurgent'

Moera Ainai |
March 19, 2015 | 11:39 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

The post-apocalyptic sequel to "Divergent," "Insurgent" continues the adventure to end the dystopia separating society into 5 factions: the fearless Dauntless, the intelligent Erudite, the honest Candor, the selfless Abnegation and the peaceful Amity. Divergents, ones who possess qualities of all 5 factions, and the factionless, those who possess none, unite over the one thing they have in common: they don’t belong anywhere.

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While "Divergent" was directed by Neil Burger (also known for "The Illusionist" and "Limitless"), "Insurgent" was taken over by Robert Schwentke. The only evidently different approach Schwentke took from Burger was that the action-packed sequel has a 3-D option in theaters.

After losing both her parents in "Divergent," Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is not willing to let anything get in the way of her stopping Jeanine (Kate Winslet). The power-hungry leader of Erudite is on the hunt for Divergents, hoping to reveal a message from the society's founding fathers.

In the movie's two-hour running time, secrets from not only the past are revealed, but ones of the future as well. This sci-fi film leaves viewers wondering whether or not what's on the screen is actually happening. 

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The romance remains strong between protagonists Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) if you can put aside the thought that Shailene Woodley has also played the love interest of two other actors in the film: Ansel Elgort in "The Fault in Our Stars" and Miles Teller in "The Spectacular Now."

One category where "Insurgent" most definitely does not fall short is its casting. Best known as Rose in "Titanic," Kate Winslet proves that she can play a heartless villain in her role as Jeanine. Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer also makes an appearance, although a bigger part was expected, considering her immense success and talent. 

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However, the scene-stealer of the film has to be the love-to-hate-him double-agent Peter (Miles Teller). He brings the comedy to the film with his snarky comments and douchey behavior.

If you haven’t already read the book trilogy, "Insurgent" may feel like the final movie. The ending provides satisfying resolution and could easily serve as the conclusion of the entire series. In fact, there are two more installments in development. The final book "Allegiant" was split into two movies, as film adaptations of YA series often do.

In the end, even though "Insurgent" may not live up to its prequel, it’s worth a watch just to drool all over Theo James. If that doesn't do it for you, not much else will. 

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