In the sequel to Divergent (2014), Insurgent follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James), who are on the run following the attack by the Erudite faction (led by Kate Winslet) that ended the previous film. They find the rest of their allies, and try to piece together what the Erudite were after, and why her family (along with the rest of Abnegation) were willing to die to protect it.
I had read the books for the Divergent series after enjoying The Hunger Games series so much (except the last one, which I refuse to read yet). I felt that the first film wasn’t half as good as it could have been, so I have slightly gone off the whole movie series now. That being said, I do remember the books getting gradually better, so expect Insurgent to perform better than it’s previous both in box-office and reviews. Tris’ long, full hair is gone, replaced with a sharp and short pixie cut – keeping her in time with fashion, presumably in an attempt to help the target audience – female young adults – connect to her more, which is one of the few points Divergent has going for it against its bigger sister The Hunger Games. There is a lot of action in the trailer – but none that looks necessarily different from what we’ve already seen from the first film. It is also worth noting the change in director from the first film to the second, something I felt The Hunger Games did successfully. Out goes Neil Burger, the director of classy and smooth visual films such as The Illusionist and Limitless, and in steps German Robert Schwentke, director of modern (all be it not game changing) action movies such as RED and R.I.P.D – maybe that explains the amount of action in the trailer.
Released in the UK on 19th March (20th March for the USA), I’m expecting this to beat the previous instalments figures quite comfortably, and while it’ll probably top the box-office the week of it’s release I don’t expect it to be up there for very long. I really hope this is a good movie as I love the books, however after the first instalment I’m instinctively fearing the worst – I’m not expecting this to be very memorable, unless you’re a Woodley/James/Divergent superfan.