Insurgent

Insurgent

Robert Schwentke (2015)

114min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Shailene Woodley and Theo James return as heroes Tris and Four in the second adaptation of Veronica Roth's futuristic novels, following 2014 hit Divergent. They're now fugitives on the run from oppressive leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet), who is obsessed with hunting down the "Divergents" that threaten her regime. Despite Woodley's spirited lead performance, this sci-fi drama becomes bogged down by a plot that goes nowhere slowly. Much of the film is spent building towards a showdown that ultimately lacks impact, and the impressive visual effects don't help shake the feeling that we're just killing time until the next instalment. There are bright spots, particularly for Winslet's calculated villain, while new addition Naomi Watts fleshes out Four's back story. Sadly, numerous expository scenes and armed stand-offs dampen any enthusiasm as we wander towards the unsatisfying conclusion. Fans of the source material may still be eager for the next chapter but for casual viewers this is a disappointingly bland sequel.

Summary

An outsider in a strictly regimented society where people's lives are determined by personality types faces a new crisis as conflict brews between different factions. Her isolation from the general population may make her the only one who can save her world. Sci-fi adventure sequel based on Veronica Roth's novel, starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet.

Cast & Crew

Beatrice "Tris" Prior Shailene Woodley
Four Theo James
Peter Miles Teller
Caleb Prior Ansel Elgort
Jeanine Matthews Kate Winslet
Evelyn Naomi Watts
Johanna Octavia Spencer
Eric Jai Courtney
Marcus Ray Stevenson
Christina Zoë Kravitz
Tori Maggie Q
Max Mekhi Phifer
Jack Kang Daniel Dae Kim
Natalie Prior Ashley Judd
Director Robert Schwentke
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Some violence and swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Mar 2015
Drama