The Divergent Saga Continues with an Explosive New Chapter

Written By: Harald Schossman

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Shaline Woodley returns as Tris Piror for Insurgent, the next chapter in the big screen adaptation of Divergent series. The latest installment of the movie franchise is based upon the dystopian novel written by Veronic Roth and produced by Summit Entertainment.

The story picks up where the last film left off, with Tris, Four, Caleb and Peter traveling to Amity where the surviving Abnegation have taken refuge. Their sanctuary, however, doesn't last long for an Erudite raid sends them on the run. On board a train they meet a band of armed Factionless who after a brief, but intense fight escort them to a Factionless safe zone. Their leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts) tells Four (Theo James) that the Divergents need to join Forces with the Factionless so they can wage war on the notorious ruler Jeanine (Kate Winslet) who is intent on eradicating both groups. Unfortunately for our heroes things are much more complicated than they seem. The protagonists have to overcome quite a few obstacles before they figure out that the merciless Jeanine needs Tris alive to unlock a mysterious box that may hold the key for humanity's survival.

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This installment of the Divergent series could have easily gone wrong had it not been for Woodley's solid performance. She shows impressive physical strength that make her a believable action heroine, but a heroine that is capable of feeling and emotional vulnerability. Woodley delivers convincing emotional drama and despite the fact that her character is not as likable this time around she still makes it work. Even though the beginning is not as involving as it should be the beautifully executed dream and vision sequences make up for it. Tris swings off ledges and buildings with a grace that gives Spiderman a run for his money. The filmmakers waste no time explaining the previous story, so if you haven't seen Divergent you are pretty much out of luck.

Usually I am not a fan 3D conversions for their often lackluster execution and artificially forced depth. I was a bit worried when I heard news of a 3D conversion for this film. Fortunately cinematographer Florian Ballhaus did a good job lensing “Insurgent” properly so it translates well into the 3D world.

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Given the lead actors' rising popularity, especially among teens and twens, Insurgent should do solid business. Early tracking numbers promise a healthy opening weekend, estimated numbers have Insurgent opening close to 60 million dollars. This is more than reason enough for Summit Entertainment to split the final novel “Allegiant” into two movies opening 2016 and 2017 respectively. Unfortunately splitting novels into two parts has never done wonders for the narrative structure of these stories as it was evident it last year's Mockingjay Part 1. So one can hope that the filmmakers step up their game and deliver well paced and rounded out stories for the grand finale.

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Corespondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.

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