"I Know It Doesn't Make Any Sense, but You Have to Trust Me, Please."
That’s really my problem with this series as a whole; its beliefs are made with profit in mind instead of a true message. I mentioned before in my review of “The Giver” that that particular adaptation took heavy cues from “Divergent”’s design and structure, while “Divergent” is aping its most successful predecessor: “The Hunger Games”. The difference is that “The Hunger Games” believes everything it says. When “The Hunger Games” talks about revolution, it makes an effort to show us the root causes of rioting, of public disobedience, of small symbolic acts of rebellion, and as much as it can within its genre, it explores the consequences of those actions. “Insurgent” talks a big game, seems to encourage rebellion and “divergence” as it were, but when you look at the world it’s set up too closely, you can see it for the sham of an example it is. Evil is more complex than “Insurgent” believes it to be, rebellion more difficult and less heroic, love harder to access, people harder to decode. However, if you’re young enough, it’s easy to see why this film is appealing. It’s filled with young people, who often have little idea of what their end goals are, lashing out against an unrealistically evil authority. It doesn’t think too hard, and it doesn’t stop to justify the ideas it puts forward.
Kate Winslet’s character, the Euriodite dictator Janine, has a speech near the tail end of the film about the concept of irony. The greatest example of irony this film has to offer is its very existence. It is a film about non-conformism and open rebellion that was made with the express purpose of fulfilling Hollywood standards and making millions of dollars. I suppose you can say that about other films of its ilk, but never before has an example of manipulative commercialization brought itself to my attention. “Insurgent”, unless you are a die-hard fan of the books, is not worth your money or your time.
A black-and-white cocktail, made from Kahlua and cream. It mimics the point of view of the film, and of the citizens of Candor, my favorite faction.
-Drink when Tris and Four look into each other's eyes.
-Drink when you see people running
-Drink when the word "Divergent" is used.
-Pick a faction. Drink whenever someone says the name of that faction.
-Drink when a group of people speak in unison.
This review was written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "Insurgent" is produced by Summit Entertainment and Red Wagon Entertainment, and produced by Lionsgate. This film is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 119 minutes.