Insurgent Movie Review (Um, guys? Insurgent Stands Well?!)

Posted April 5, 2017 by Sophia

Based on the novel by Veronica Roth
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort
Release Date: March 20, 2015
MPAA Rating: PG-13

This film raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris and Four are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Back when I read the book version of Insurgent, I started to dislike the entire trilogy – by Allegiant, I couldn’t care less about Tris and what happened to her. Yippee yay to whatever happened to Tris. Now what?

I, however, digress. (Please note that I was extremely sleepy while writing this weeks after I saw the movie and the review is indeed short… as all of my reviews have been lately… I guess this means it’s time for a new, modified version of chibi views!)

Contrary to many book lovers, I thought Insurgent was pretty good. There is a lot of CGI involved throughout the movie and it doesn’t really follow the book in a way, but I just really liked the movie version of Insurgent and thought it was far better than the book (one of my friends says the same, but his opinion doesn’t count).

The second book didn’t sit as well with me as the first book did – Tris and Four argue way too much that it almost overshadowed the plot of the story. The movie version doesn’t really focus much on their relationship drama – it is much more on the overall plot of the entire series and continuing from Divergent. Much better in my opinion, but then again… it’s a matter of personal preference.

From the movie itself, I think Insurgent stands well on its own as a movie. But as a movie based off a book… not so much.


Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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