Insurgent is the popular follow up to Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, and it did not disappoint. With book to movie adaptions, people are always going to spot differences and compare the two. However, this stays true to the plot with a few extra scenes that will delight fans. The way the plot is advanced is largely more interesting than the books as well but this may be due to the running time.
The main characters have not changed as Shailene Woodley continues to shine as Tris, she is more aware of herself and her role as a Divergent this time around which creates more drama. Theo James also returns as Tobias, a character that not only garners sympathy and adoration but a reputation for being skilled at what he does. Although not a major character, Maggie Q’s return gives the film a ‘cool’ edge whilst Miles Teller’s character provides annoying albeit comic relief.
Insurgent is no longer centred on the surroundings of the Dauntless compound, instead the scenes consist of more chases and exterior action. Although I trashed Robert Schwenke in my last article concerning Insurgent, his visual and artistic take on the plot makes the film more believable. The film does encapsulate a ‘Popcorn Blockbuster’ with the heavy CGI visuals, which I am disappointed with, mainly because I think this franchise does not need it.
The problem with big franchises are the comparisons to Twilight and The Hunger Games, if you’re analysing the book closely then it is obvious that there will be many differences. The only sure way to make sure an adaption is the real McCoy then you would have to monitor the filming like John Green did with The Fault In Our Stars (also starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort). Either way, Insurgent may not be as popular as THG franchise, but it still entertains and thrills with all the gusto of a visually effective sequel.