First off, let me say that if you haven’t seen the first part of the Divergent trilogy, you could get lost easily in this complex story. That being said, the production crew does a great job of salvaging any newbie audience members. The good-looking cast, capable screenwiters, and terrific video effects willingly pull you into this post-apocalyptic Chicago, isolated by a giant wall, and you take in and believe everything you see and hear without question.
Like last time, the story centers around Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), and Caleb (Ansel Elgort) on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the Dauntless faction in control. There is an artifact–a box–that supposedly will answer all the questions about this world, but it can only be opened by a Divergent, so Jeanine orders all Divergents be rounded up in an attempt to open the box. The fact that Divergents not strong enough to do it will die means nothing to her.
As the story progresses we discover that Four’s name is really Tobias, and his mother, believed dead, is the opposition leader, and her ultimate motives are suspect. Tris decides to give herself up to avoid further deaths, and at this point we get treated to awesome visual effects as Tris goes through the tests needed to open the box. The fact that she succeeds leads to a complicated ending that is meant to catapult you into the third movie yet to come.
Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality, “Insurgent” runs 119 minutes of action-packed adventure in a science-fiction vein. It’s complex yet easy to follow at the same time.What is outside the wall around Chicago? Has humanity destroyed itself beyond the walls? Will we find out in the third installment? Do we really care?