If you are a fan of the "Divergent" trilogy, or if you only saw the movie, you will not be disappointed with this sequel, "Insurgent." The movie is filled with a lot of action and begins right where the last one left off. It continues the story of Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) as she fights against Jeanine (Kate Winslet), who is trying to take over the factions [The society is divided into five factions: Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity and Candor]. Tris and the rest of the Dauntless including her boyfriend, Four (Theo James), fight against the takeover and try to prove that they are innocent.
The scenes are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat with all of the exciting action that takes place as they struggle to survive. Even though all of this violence is going on, there is still the love story between Tris and Four that is also engaging.
The special effects in this movie were great. The movie ending is a cliffhanger, leaving us wanting more. The only problem we see is for those who may have not read the books or seen "Divergent." There might be some points that would be hard to follow or understand if you did not know what came before. Overall, this movie does a great job of continuing the trilogy and we look forward to the next one.
RATING 4 smiles out of 5.
After seeing this movie, we went back to Manhattan to interview Shailene Woodley at the AOL's BUILD Speaker Series. Before our interview, we watched Shailene and her co-star Theo James talk about filming the movie together for an AOL online show.
In the movie did you do many of the stunts yourself?
I did as many as I could. At some point, insurance would come in and say we weren't allowed to do it because they wanted us to stay alive.
Tris definitely evolves from the first movie to the second. How do you think she evolved?
I think she changes in a lot of ways. In this film, she is harder and darker and it is not because she is more strong; she is able to be combative in a braver way. She is more broken internally. I think sometimes when we are broken internally, and when we have so much sadness, it fuels us for the fight for justice and fairness. I think that is what projects Tris' trajectory.
How did you like the movie?
I thought it was good. I thought that Robert [Schwentke], our director, did a really beautiful job at making it bigger in every single way.
What was your favorite scene in the movie?
I really like the scene when Tris finally sees her mom and she admits to her mom that she doesn't feel brave. It is the first time we see Tris as very vulnerable. Vulnerability is a very real thing that we all go through.
How does "Insurgent" compare to any other movie you have done?
It was exciting because there was a lot of wire work and a lot of stunt sequences I had never been exposed to before that I had seen other people do but I never had the opportunity to do, so it was a lot of fun.
How did you prepare for this film? Did you have to exercise and work out a lot?
We did exercise and we did work out just to make sure we were physically agile.
In the simulation, can you relate your fears and can you relate to Tris?
I can relate to Tris, but I can't necessarily say they are my fears. I can relate to Tris in how she is adamant about wanting to overcome them, because I don't think anyone is fearless. But it is about when fear shows up in front of you -- do you run away or do you face it?
If you were a person choosing your faction, which would you choose?
I would probably choose factionless because I wouldn't want to be controlled by one particular attribute.
What did you like better -- filming, "Divergent" or "Insurgent?"
They are both great for completely different reasons. I may have preferred "Insurgent" because we were in Atlanta and I happen to like sun more than the wind.