‘Insurgent’ film remains true to the novel

Kate Winslet, left, stars as Jeanine and Shailene Woodley is Tris in a scene from "The Divergent Series: Insurgent." / Andrew Cooper, The Associated Press

Reviewed by Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent

   “Insurgent” is an enjoyable film, whether you’ve read “The Divergent Series” or not.
Based on Veronica Roth’s novels and directed by Robert Schwentke, it is the second installment in a thought-provoking film series. Picking up right where “Divergent” left off, “Insurgent” follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) on their dangerous, fast-paced journey.
Taking refuge in Amity and Candor, the main duo prepare to battle the Erudite leader: Jeanine (Kate Winslet). However, some unexpected discoveries pose new challenges, and their alliances are beginning to crumble. Four reluctantly forms new bonds with the factionless, while Tris wrestles with her inner demons: grief and guilt.
Schwentke has transformed Roth’s novel into a self-explanatory movie. However, fans of the books might be slightly disappointed by plot modifications: “Insurgent” glosses over — and even omits — several key literary details. Despite the changes, “Insurgent” still holds true to the main ideals of the novel and will not leave fans wondering what happened to the original storyline. The graphic effects are awesome, and Joseph Trapanese’s soundtrack blends perfectly with the theme of the movie, carrying on the futuristic vibe set by the first film with an innocent yet ominous score.
With barely a dull moment, this dystopian movie is packed with action-filled scenes; surprises await around every corner. “Insurgent” is sure to leave moviegoers satisfied, inspired, and eagerly anticipating the next film.

 Logan A. White is a freshman home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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