INSURGENT

Action Sci-Fi PG-13

In this sequel to DIVERGENT, Tris played by Shailene Woodley, with the help from Four played by Theo James, must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against the powerful Erudite leader, Jeanine, who threatens to destroy their society Kate Winslett plays Jeanine. Winslett is terrific whether she is playing the villain or the ingénue.

In the beginning of the movie, we see Tris and Four on the run with Caleb and Peter played by Ansel Elgart and Miles Teller respectively. They are actively pursued by Eric. Jai Courtney, in the role of Eric, is one Aussie you love to hate. I found myself routing for his demise which is the sign of a good villain.

INSURGENT is adopted from the second installment of the popular Divergent Series for young adults by Veronica Roth.

The film is packed with action. Sometimes the action is real and sometimes it is a nightmare that Tris is having. Occasionally, I found it difficult to determine which was which. Unfortunately, even in the future they don’t have a cure for PTSD

The special effects were fascinating but nothing we haven’t seen before especially in THE MATRIX. I don’t know why, but I expected something a little more dramatic. I mean this does take place 200 years in the future.

Much of the film is set in the Chicago of the future. It is a city of crumbling buildings with vegetation growing wild. The Chicago River has dried up and the bridges are rusted and in pieces. I found that very disturbing since Chicago is one of my favorite cities.

This movie seemed a little darker than DIVERGENT; more thriller and less sci-fi. That could be because the entire writing crew changed from the first movie to the second. INSURGENT was written by Akiva Goldman, Brian Duffield and Mark Bombback. Also, we had a change of Directors. Robert Schwentke directed this sequel.

I liked the film as did most of the people in the audience, especially the teens and young adults. I talked with a lot of the people who viewed the movie at Galaxy 14 in Chesterfield and everyone seemed to love the movie. So, if you saw DIVERGENT you will definitely want to see this one.

But hold on to your hats folks we have two more books to go which means we will see two or maybe three more sequels OMG!

by Akiva Goldman, Brian Duffield and Mark Bombback. Also, we had a change of Directors. Robert Schwentke directed this sequel.

I liked the film as did most of the people in the audience, especially the teens and young adults. I talked with a lot of the people who viewed the movie at Galaxy 14 in Chesterfield and everyone seemed to love the movie. So, if you saw DIVERGENT you will definitely want to see this one.

But hold on to your hats folks we have two more books to go which means we will see two or maybe three more sequels OMG!

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net.