The latest installment in the movie series adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent novels was released this past week. Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off with Tris, Tobias, Caleb and Peter hiding from the Erudite and Dauntless members who want them dead. Tris and Tobias want to find the rest of Dauntless, those who are not loyal to Jeanine, and put an end to the devastation created by Jeanine’s attack on Abnegation. While Tris fights to hide her inner demons, they are sucked into a war and uncover secrets that could change their world forever.
Having read this book I knew what was coming and the big secrets that get revealed. I also knew from the trailer, that the movie wasn’t going to follow the book as closely as we would have expected, and I was right. The movie changed a lot of elements that were in the book and left out a fair few parts that I’m sure will be missed by those who read the books. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
This franchise was so well casted. There’s nothing worse than waiting for your favourite book to come to life and the cast just doesn’t do it justice, but with a rising all-star cast, all my favourite (and hated) characters were well portrayed. Shailene Woodley and Theo James bring this story to life in such a phenomenal way. Sporting an awesome new haircut, Woodley takes on the role of Tris with gusto and brought to life the kick-ass chick from the books (though she can cry real ugly), while James is able to be both kind, hard, fearless, and loving, everything Four/Tobias is in the book. Not surprising, Miles Teller is also an excellent choice for the role of Peter and Ansel Elgort puts on a great performance as Caleb. Kate Winslet reprises her role as Jeanine and is still as evil as ever. Each played their roles to a T, and even though the events were changed, the final outcome of the story and character development came through in the end.
I loved how action packed this movie was, from the first scene you were immersed in the world of Tris and you couldn’t wait to see what she’d do next. Looking at this movie from the perspective of someone who didn’t read the books it was fun and entertaining. This is one of the first book adaptations where those who haven’t read the book don’t feel like they are missing anything. From the perspective of the die-hard book lovers, there are a few disappointments in the movie. They do leave out some key elements and characters like Johanna, Marcus, Uriah, Marlene and Tori don’t feature as prominently as in the books, while Edward is excluded altogether (not surprisingly as he barely featured in the first movie).
At the end of the day, I think this movie was fantastic. Even though there were changes from the book I still enjoyed the story. The basis of what was in the books came out in the movie and the characters were so well played I enjoyed watching them. My only issue was that this movie really didn’t need to be in 3D, and I recommend you don’t watch it in 3D as some images are so dark you can barely see what’s happening. I’m incredibly excited to see what they do with the last book and I’m praying they don’t jump on the YA money making sham and split it into 2 movies.