THE second installment of the Divergent series has been highly anticipated following the success of the first movie. Insurgent follows Tris Prior as she continues her struggle as a Divergent in a society where you’re only wanted if you belong to one of the five factions: Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Erudite or Amity. Divergents are those who are too powerful to belong to any one faction.
As a huge fan of the Divergent book series by novelist Veronica Roth, I was very excited to see if the movie would live up to my expectations. To be honest, the movie leaves a lot to be desired. The director, Robert Schwentke, has left out many important elements of the book and has changed a little too much for my liking. Key characters, such as Uriah, Marcus, Marlene and Lynn, play only a minor part in the movie in comparison to their roles in the novel. While Zeke, Uriah’s younger brother, has been completely left out of the movie which will leave fans disappointed. The film adaptation has really underestimated the influence of these characters in the storyline.
However, the movie isn’t entirely all bad. Shailene Woodley, who plays Tris Prior, and Theo James, who plays Four, both put on an impressive performance. As well as the two main characters, the movie is supported by an impressive cast including Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior and Naomi Watts as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton. The action-packed movie incorporates some very well done stunts by the actors, in particular Tris Prior whose character has progressed hugely from the first installment, Divergent. The chemistry between Woodley and James is undeniable.
The film is very futuristic with spectacular special effects. In my opinion, the scenes where Tris is in simulations are particularly well done. The simulations that Roth describes in the book are highly complex and I felt that the movie really brought them to life for the audience. I do think, however, that Schwentke focused far too much on the special effects of the movie rather than the storyline itself.
Overall, the film left me hugely disappointed. There were too many changes made to the movie from the book which will leave fans, like me, rather annoyed. I also think that due to these changes the movie may be harder to understand for people who haven’t previously read the books. Hopefully Schwentke will learn from his mistakes with this movie and the third and fourth installments will live up to the expectations of fans.