Posted by: greercn | March 30, 2015


Breathless action and sumptuous scifi visuals lift “Insurgent” and make it fun to watch.

The sequel to “Divergent”, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and her army. It’s all based on a dystopian young adult book series by Veronica Roth.

At 119 minutes, the only long moments are the times when Tris and Four stop to hug and talk about their feelings. These provided a rare slowing down of the pace.

Naomi Watts is here as Four’s estranged mother and adds a lot of depth and spark to the film. There is thought about the factions, the factionless, a mysterious object in Jeanine’s possession and possible futures.

Yet the viewer is then whooshed through another chase or charmed by the 3D and CGI on offer, just as a concept is discussed.

I went with a friend who has not seen “Divergent” nor anything in 3D. He enjoyed it too.

Everyone watching at Stratford East Picturehouse stayed silent through the film, but started chatting afterwards. The ideas on offer about the various factions and the future lead to great conversations.

Shailene Woodley is becoming a truly great actress and she owns just about every scene.

There is so much shameless pandering to audience preferences here, which is just fine with me.

When the final scenes come, you want to know what happens next.



  1. So far, this franchise hasn’t done much for me and this one was no real game-changer. Good review Greer.

    • I can understand how you feel – I enjoyed your review – but I am intrigued by the idea of the factions and how rigidly they define people. Do we all know which faction we’d be part of? I like the concepts and I like Shailene Woodley’s performance. We can agree to disagree on this franchise and thank you for taking the time to comment.

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