‘Insurgent’ an action-packed follow up to ‘Divergent’

Shailene Woodley, center, starts as Tris in Insurgent, the sequel to the wildly popular Divergent.


Shailene Woodley, center, starts as Tris in “Insurgent,” the sequel to the wildly popular “Divergent.”

Courtney Jackson, In-depth reporter

Near the middle of “Insurgent,” Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, falls in slow motion out of the Erudite building with small particles flying around her. She continues to fall down to the ground, with the audience thinking she will just hit the ground with a thump and die.

The scene illustrates the edge-of-your-seat thrills the movie offers. It’s not the only time Tris finds herself in mortal danger, or the only time the audience is unsure of her fate.

Like many fans, I was counting down the days until “Insurgent” was released. The sequel to “Divergent,” “Insurgent” is the second in the trilogy series written by Veronica Roth that is now being brought to the big screen.

Woodley is the main character, while Theo James plays Four/ Tobias, her boyfriend and partner throughout the movie. Ansel Elgort’s Caleb is also a major character throughout the film, as Tris’ brother Caleb.

One of the most mind- blowing scenes in the film is when the three run through the forest, away from the Dauntless who work for Jeanine (played by Kate Winslet). As they are running through the forest, they are being shot at and are shooting back. They reach an open field with a train coming their way. They all quickly run past the tracks. Four jumps in slow motion over the tracks milliseconds before it can hit him.

“Insurgent” is missing a few details that were in the book, but overall, the movie is outstanding. A large part of the film is focused on when Tris turns herself in to Erudite headquarters since they are looking for her and she doesn’t want to risk anymore lives. While she is in Erudite headquarters, she goes through multiple simulations to prove that she is 100% Divergent and can fit into all of the five factions: Erudite, Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless and Amity. The effects in this scene are awesome, especially as particles of buildings and people float around Tris as she flows from simulation to simulation.

“Insurgent” is a mind-blowing movie that most people, particularly fans of the books, will enjoy.