Thursday, 19 March 2015

Insurgent

Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.


Insurgent is the sequel to Divergent which came out last year. It stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Theo James and Kate Winslet. As for Divergent, I did not hate that movie; it was pretty good actually. This time I'm impressed with Shailene Woodley's work and the fact that the movie seems to be better than most YA book to film adaptation that I've been experienced lately. Going to this movie I was pretty hopeful and excited. I love Shailene Woodley as an actress, Naomi Watts is also in the film: she's great and obviously Kate Winslet is a fantastic actress. Plus, I was really intrigued by the trailer in which we could glimpse a darker part. Insurgent is more intense than the original. In fact, there's more action and it's all filmed very well. The director did a really good job at filming the action scenes, with swift moving shots and lots of long takes, that really made me happy. Though towards the end of the film some scenes were almost to perfectly choreographed that it looks fake and it's difficult to believe that you're watching a tangible thing that is happening. On the one hand, Jeanine is newly empowered by new information, new equipment and new techniques. She's an even nasty shade of ugly than she was in the first film and she's on a mission more than ever to find that very special divergent and to rule the world. Kate Winslet is amazing... but in movies she's done before. In that one she's not bad but there's anything for her to do, she wonders around, take tests on people and then takes notes in a very dull and uncaring manner. Her presence as an antagonist is not that meaningful. 



On the other hand, Tris is still trying to figure out who she is and how she can defines herself apart from her external situation and what others may say in order to influence her decisions. She's determined to accomplish something and regardless of what everyone else says. Tris finds it in herself to be committed to her own integrity. Shailene Woodley is once again amazing as Tris, you can really feel the deep pain of her character, she truly did an incredible job portraying that. One of the best scene is when she's forced to tell the truth about various things she's ashamed of and she really sold it! So much depth and so much background was given to her character, her regret, the thing she feels ashamed of, that all other characters feel wooden and lifeless. However, something I've realised with book to film adaptation whether it's Divergent, Twilight, The Mortal Instrument, Hunger Games or even 50 Shades of Grey; all of those come with a very strong and opinionated fan base. Some of my friends who read the books told me that there are a lot of things happening in the movie that are not in the book which can be viewed as a little chaotic but don't worry if you're already  a fan of the book you're going to enjoy the film as you'll be already pumped for it. You may be a little confused by those surprised twists and turns; but keep in mind that it is an adaptation and that not everything will be like the book for the sake of the big screen. 


Overall the best part of Insurgent is Shailene Woodley, her character and the emotion she gives to her, how good her performance is and the fact that the director did a really great job at filming the action scenes.

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