With the second installment of the Divergent series, Insurgent, coming out on Friday I wanted to take some time and share some reasons why I am beyond excited for this movie. The movie takes place right after Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) escape the hands of Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet), and are now on the run.
I was a little late to the Divergent game, with only watching the film for the first time last month, and I could kick myself for it. I had read the book last summer and I loved it, but I was a little weary of watching the movie. Like with any movie adapted from a book there is always a risk of disappoint, but Divergent was far from it.
Having only finished the Insurgent book a few weeks ago, the events are still pretty fresh in my mind. So there are some things I am looking forward to seeing on the big screen, but also what the movie brings to the story that is already created.
1. The cast
I don’t think I have ever seen an adaption with a better cast than that of the Divergent series. Each character is brought to life perfectly by the actors, but also they bring something of their own to the film, but it never seems out of character. Often it seems that the characters were written for these actors. I couldn’t imagine a better actress to play Tris than Shailene Woodley. The chemistry between her and Theo James is not something that is easily attainable. They compliment each other as well as being able to stand out on their own. You don’t really know who to watch when they are on screen together.
Another definition of the roles being written for the actors is Miles Teller as Peter. In Divergent, Peter is a terrible person, to say the least, but in the Insurgent book he sort of disappears. While they are in Amity, he is there but is really only shown briefly before they leave and returns to Erudite. From what is shown in the teasers this isn’t the case. And it seems like they have added a whole new level of sass to his character, which if you have seen Miles in interviews, besides being really passionate about what he does, he can joke around quite a bit.
Jai Courtney as Eric might be one of the scariest people you don’t want to come in contact with. Sure he doesn’t have all the piercings and the long greasy hair that book Eric has, but one look at movie Eric and it isn’t someone you would want to cross either. I think he adds a whole new level of ruthless to the character because when he comes running, he is like a beast running through the forest. It’s hard for me to imagine anyone better to stand against Theo James and Shailene Woodley and still command your attention when in the same shot.
Lastly, I am looking forward to what the new cast members are going to bring to the series. For this movie they have added Octavia Spencer as one of the Amity leaders, Johanna, Naomi Watts as Four’s mother, Evelyn, Daniel Dae Kim as Candor leader, Jack Kang, and quite a few others. There was already a great cast and now it has just been made better with these additions.
2. The simulations
In Divergent we got a taste for the simulations when Tris was going through her training. But from what has been teased they are so much more than just the fears she had to face in the first film. She has to fight herself and Four and she sees her mother again. There is just so much going on here and it is awesome. Also I love the way they show the simulations breaking up. They make it look like glass shattering, which goes with the slogan for the movie, “Shatter Reality.” It is such an incredible image and I am looking forward to how it looks on the big screen.
The breaking of glass has been an image since the first movie when she was under simulation facing her fears and the water filling up the tank. So I think it is an interesting way to bring that back into this next installment to remind us that essentially that is how Four discovered her divergence in the first place. Also it shows us how fragile manipulation is and how easily it can be shattered by Tris.
3. The Other Factions
In Divergent, we got to see brief looks at all the factions in the opening scene but we mostly saw only Abnegation and Dauntless. In Insurgent the go to the other three factions – Amity, Candor, and Erudite – as well as where the Factionless have been living.
When reading the book each of these places are like characters in themselves. They are individual societies that are continuing to run even though Tris and Four are on the run. They are so different and yet similar in the way that they have their specific ways of running. I am looking forward to seeing the contrasts between the worlds we already are familiar of, that of Dauntless and Abnegation, and seeing these individual places within the whole of the faction system. Even Factionless, even though not technically considered a faction in the system, has it’s own system of running. It is one of the most interesting of each because before they were shown as something terrible. But they survive, just like everyone else, as a community. Only they want to see the faction system destroyed instead of keeping it running smoothly.
4. The Music
The music in the first movie was amazing. There was the always amazing Ellie Goulding, Banks, M83, Skrillex, and Woodkid. For Insurgent I have no doubt the music with be just as amazing. Already announced is another song by Woodkid featuring Lykke Li titled “Never Let You Down” and another M83 song featuring Haim titled “Holes in the Sky.” After listening to these two songs I am just as excited for the soundtrack as I am the movie. The soundtrack is being released March 17.
These four things are really only the tip of the iceberg in my excitement for this movie. Thankfully there is less than a week to wait.
Insurgent is out in theaters March 19 in the UK and March 20 in the US. Don’t miss it! To hold us over for now be sure to watch the trailer below:
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