Insurgent follows Tris who must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.
Living in London has its perks sometimes. A few friends and I decided to go to the world premiere in Leicester Square, London, yesterday and try our luck in meeting stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James. We got split up in the process because we all arrived at different times and the numbering system on our wristbands put us in different parts of the line. Little did we know, the three of us somehow managed to get tickets to see the film that night. And I’m so glad we all did.
Insurgent was a lot better then the first film in the series Divergent. For me, at least, Divergent was filled with randomly placed indie pop music, exposition heavy, and just really served as a set up for the rest of the series that would ultimately have more of a connection with the audience.
When it comes to the middle film of a franchise, it could be argued that the narrative serves a lesser purpose. There’s no universe to set. No story to conclude. Instead, the film is more concerned with maintaining the pace of the preceding film while leaving enough open for its following films (this, however, wasn’t the case for competing series The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was a vast improvement from the original film and still more together and captivating than its follow up Mockingjay: Part 1).
Women have been at the forefront of this series, portraying the heroes, villains, and leaders of the series. With the introduction but hardly used addition of Naomi Watts as Evelyn, Four’s mother, it advances this example – even if Evelyn doesn’t have much to do until the final instalments in Allegiant.
In Insurgent, our protagonist Tris knows her role, unlike in Divergent where she spent most of her time understandably trying to find it. Here, she spends most of the movie coming to terms with the casualties already on her conscience, which includes *spoiler alert* Will, in which friend Christina (played by Zoe Kravitz) was close to. She gave such a quick turn around of forgiveness that it seemed like she hardly cared about him at all.
But this doesn’t mean that the men of the film were completely disregarded. Peter, played by Miles Teller, was by far one of the best parts of the film and stole every scene he was in. I was doubting his casting in Divergentbut he definitely proved his worth in Insurgent.
Four, played by Theo James, proves to be as complex and interesting as his female counterpart in Tris. At times, I seemed to be more interested and caring for his character than Tris, which I found on the annoying side.
Considering that Insurgent is meant to represent the civil war between the factions before we step out of the confines of the world explored in the first two films, it comes across feeling like a rehash of what came before with the promise of what comes next.
All in all, we still have another year to go until things get really interesting.