The Divergent Series: Insurgent (also known simply as Insurgent) is an American science fiction adventure film. The film was directed by Robert Schwentke and is based on Insurgent; the second book in the Divergent trilogy and was written by Veronica Roth. It is the continuation to the 2014 film Divergent and the second installment in The Divergent Series. The Insurgent was originally produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian and Douglas Wick, whereas the screenplay was given by Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman and Mark Bomback. Schwentke took over from Neil Burger as director, with Burger taking part only as the executive producer for the film. Principal photography and filming began on May 27, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, concluding on September 6, 2014. The Divergent Series: Insurgent made its release on March 20, 2015 in the United States in the IMAX 3D format as well as in regular 3D and 2D.
The film stars Shailene Woodley as Beatrice “Tris” Prior, Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton, Octavia Spencer as Johanna Reyes, Jai Courtney as Eric Coulter, Ray Stevenson as Marcus Eaton, Zoë Kravitz as Christina, Miles Teller as Peter Hayes, Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior, Maggie Q as Tori Wu, Naomi Watts as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton, Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, Mekhi Phifer as Max, Daniel Dae Kim as Jack Kang, Keiynan Lonsdale as Uriah Pedrad, Ashley Judd as Natalie Prior, Suki Waterhouse as Marlene, Janet McTeer as Edith Prior, Rosa Salazar as Lynn, Emjay Anthony as Hector, and Jonny Weston as Edgar.
The plot of Insurgent takes place only five days after happenings of the previous installment. The plot continues to follow resolute soldier Tris Prior, on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry and desperate Erudites. The story focuses on Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as they tread from ruin to ruin in search for allies and answers in the battered and bruised ruins of Chicago. They stumble upon the information about what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect with the Erudites willing to do anything to stop them in their tracks. Te protagonist duo faces one seemingly overwhelming challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and — ultimately — the future of their world
The critical response towards the movie was mixed as some of the critics considered the movie an improvement as compared to its predecessor but the movie was targeted with highly negatives views with the negative criticism directly aimed at its storyline. The movie was cited as dull, boring and painfully monotonous. Instead of helping the story to move along, the sequel ended up nothing more than a helping of problems which was only capable of holding its predecessor back. The Insurgent was a bad movie which tried to fruitlessly masquerade as a mediocre one with a very troubled moral core.
On the Box Office
The Insurgent was able to earn $130.2 million in North America, and $166.8 million in other territories, making a worldwide total of $297 million, against a budget of $110 million.