Shailene Woodley apparently gave up the role of being Mary Jane in Spiderman to film the rest of The Divergent Series, which was a big hit last year. The much anticipated sequel hits cinemas on 19 Mar and we had the chance to enjoy a sneak preview!
The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.
Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
Before we get into the review, you have to see the first movie before you watch the sequel. This is because a lot more character development is done in the first movie and this sequel pretty much picks up where it left off. You’re some what expected to already be familiar with the characters and their personal issues right from the get go. Actually that was one of the problems I had because I only vaguely remembered the characters from last year so you may also consider a refresher by re-watching the first film before heading into the cinemas from this one.
So yes, Insurgent picks up from it’s first movie with Tris and Four, fugitives on the run and hunted by Jeanine, leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite.
A lot of time is spent with Tris being torn and haunted by past events, especially with the death of her parents and it drives her to be unable to forgive herself. Now this is where Shailene Woodley shows us why she is one of the brightest upcoming actresses in Hollywood right now.
The acting was fantastic all round, everyone seemed pretty comfortable in their roles but again it’s that lack of character development which gave me a sense that the story or flow of the movie was a bit weak compared to the first one.
Graphics was definitely a plus point, impressive in just about every scene. But the take away from this movie is just like in the first. Without giving too much away, it’s moral of what being a Divergent actually means and how it applies to the human world. If you’re familiar with the series or books then you’d understand what I mean. Perhaps in some ways, our current society is headed in that direction. Who knows.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Again, watch the first one before you check this sequel out!
By Alex Tan
The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens in cinemas 19 Mar 2015
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