I liked Divergent a lot and after that ending I though that Insurgent would be even better since the action would now disperse a little more with Tris, Four and Caleb on one side and the Dauntless on another both fighting Jeanine and her soldiers but instead this movie focus too much on a tormented Tris going through therapy trying to get some peace of mind over her actions on Divergent.
Insurgent is not a horrible movie by any means but it had potential to be so much more. I didn’t read the book so for all I know this could all be in the book but if that’s true the people in charge should have change things.
Shailene Woodley is fantastic as usual and the other actors do a good enought job in the few opurtunities they have but when the story is this weak there’s nothing they can do to make it better. I blame the CGI heavy sequences to open the box and the weird dreams for that.
One thing that really bothered me was the machine that told the soldiers how much of a divergent someone was. For one it makes no sense to have that machine and not to use it during the faction selection process. Why not screen them during the process and kill the divergents right there. The second thing that bored me was the 100% Divergent reading on Tris. This makes her a kind of chosen one in the sense that she’s the only one that can open the box. On Harry Potter for example Voldemort attacks Harry because of a prophecy but we later find out that Neville Longbottom was also born that day making Voldemort responsible for choosing Harry over Neville.
Little is explained about the faction system but the premise that they were all part of an experiment that started 200 years ago is interesting and should make for an interesting sequel but the part where the whole point of the experiment is related with divergents could mean another Tris centric movie wich is not necessarily a bad thing but with a great supporting cast like this is a bit of a shame to waste them on the background.
Following the assault on Abnegation by Jeanine’s mind-controlled Dauntless soldiers, Eric and his platoon are searching through the wreckage of Abnegation for an artifact, a box of unknown origin containing the symbols of all the factions. Upon its recovery, the box is taken to Erudite, where Jeanine claims that she believes it to contain a message from the city’s founders, and the means to end the Divergent problem once and for all. However, only a Divergent can open the box, and she orders that all Divergents be hunted down and captured.
Tris, Four, Peter, and Caleb are hiding out deep in Amity territory. After Tris and Peter get into a scuffle, Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, warns Tris that her obsession with revenge will consume her. Soon after, Eric and his fleet arrive to test all occupants for Divergence. Peter gives up the group’s location as Tris, Four, and Caleb escape and board a train headed into Factionless territory. During the ensuing fight with Factionless members aboard the train, Caleb makes his first kill, and, horrified by what he has done, neglects to help Tris as she is attacked by one of the Factionless. Four reveals his true name, Tobias Eaton, to the Factionless, who reply that they have been searching for him.
They are given safe passage into the heart of Factionless, where they discover the leader of Factionless is Four’s mother, Evelyn Johnson-Eaton. Evelyn suggests that Dauntless and Factionless join forces against Erudite, but the discussion becomes an argument about Evelyn’s true intentions, and her past relationship with her son. The next morning the three leave Factionless for Candor to meet up with the remaining Dauntless. During the trek, Caleb tells Tris that he cannot continue with them, and goes in a different direction.
When Tris and Four arrive at Candor, they are welcomed by their Dauntless brethren, and Tris is not entirely truthful with Christina about what happened to Will. Soon, however, they are arrested and brought before Jack Kang, the leader of Candor, who cannot believe Jeanine would go so far as to fraudulently make Tris and Four wanted for crimes they did not commit. Four tries reasoning with Kang, inquiring about the fairness of a trial in Erudite as opposed to one in Candor, and then requests the trial be conducted in Candor through the use of the initiation truth serum.
During the trial, Four admits that he joined Dauntless to escape his father’s abuse, and that he was going to leave Dauntless to be factionless after this last group of initiates but he saw and fell in love with Tris and decided to protect her. Tris then tearfully admits her guilt in shooting Will. This angers Christina, who was unaware that Tris was Will’s killer. The Candor are attacked by the Dauntless traitors led by Eric, and many people are shot with a new simulation serum. Tris and Uriah, who is revealed to be Divergent, discover what is happening and attempt to warn the remaining Divergents, but are captured by Eric. Eric murders a man, and is preparing to murder a young girl whom Tris had saved earlier, but Tris stops him. Eric then tests Tris and discovers that Tris’ Divergence is 100%, making her the perfect test subject to open the box. They are then rescued by Four and Candor, and Eric is taken into custody, where Four executes him.
In Erudite, Jeanine, frustrated that none of the Divergents that she has so far used to attempt to open the box have survived, is approached by Peter, who agrees to pledge his loyalty to Erudite, and suggests that the best way to get Tris to surrender is to play to her humanity.
Back in Factionless, Four reluctantly agrees with his mother Evelyn that war is inevitable and that they must begin preparing. The long term sim serum is activated by Jeanine, causing Marlene, Christina and Hector to stand on a ledge chanting that Tris Prior must turn herself in, or more death will follow, over and over, as they step closer and closer to the edge. Tris and Tori climb the sides as fast as they can, and rescue two of the three, but Marlene plunges to her death. Overcome by guilt, Tris decides to turn herself in. She spends the night with Four, who thinks he has changed her mind, but she leaves in the early hours as Evelyn silently looks on from a window, to turn herself in to Erudite.
The moment she steps through the Erudite screen, she is surrounded and arrested. Jeanine then subjects her to each of the sim trials of the Factions. Tris is almost killed in the process, and Jeanine reluctantly stops the sim, allowing Tris to rest in a cell with her brother Caleb, who is now working with Jeanine. Caleb tells Tris that he is being selfless by turning his only sister over to the Erudites for what he believes is the greater good. Peter, who is now the guard assigned to Tris, jabs her in the back with an injection while escorting her back to the chamber, after she discovers that Four is also captive in the facility.
Once again, Tris goes through the simulations, but before it can be completed, her vital signs drop and she appears to die. Jeanine becomes distraught for a moment, then resigned to the fact that she must once again find another Divergent. Tris’s body is disconnected from the sim cables and wheeled over to Four’s cell. In a vicious display of gloating, Peter shows Four Tris’s lifeless body. Tris then awakens with a deep breath, and Peter assists Four in overpowering the guards, revealing that he is helping them. Peter then goes to the control room to change the security parameters in order to allow access to the sim room for Four and Tris, who now realizes what the box is and why she now needs to open it.
Tris successfully opens the box, and, much to the chagrin of Jeanine, the message inside informs everyone in the control room and testing area that they, the entire walled city, are an experiment, that the Divergents are evidence of the success of that experiment, and that the world is waiting outside for them to return to humanity. Jeanine, realizing the box and its revelation will be the undoing of her power, orders the box buried and Four and Tris immediately executed. Before this occurs, the Factionless army hits the Erudite facility, blowing the doors off the control and sim rooms. Jeanine and Caleb are arrested, and Tris is hailed as a hero by the masses, eager to explore the world beyond the wall.
As Jeanine looks out from her cell, she states that after 200 years since the city was enclosed, there is no telling what awaits them beyond it. Evelyn appears behind her, and tells her that she will never find out, before shooting Jeanine in the back of the head.