The second installment of the Divergent series, Insurgent, was released last night and fans of the young adult novel are ecstatic. From the outside, Insurgent might look like just another film focusing on young people in a dystopian future used as a metaphor for teenage rebellion and independence. However, what sets the whole Divergent series apart from other science fiction films is that it focuses more on people as individuals and the importance of being true to yourself.
At the end of Divergent, audiences saw main character and Dauntless/Divergent society member Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Divergent Four (Theo James) escape the evil Erudite leader Jeanine’s (Kate Winslet) bloody coup. While Tris was able to save a small group of the former Abnegation ruling class, both of her parents sacrificed themselves for her safety. Now, Tris, Four, Tris’ nemesis Peter (Miles Teller), and her former Erudite brother, Caleb, are on the run in Amity Territory. Bach in the city, Jeanine has recovered a sacred relic from the rubble of the destroyed Abnegation building and needs a Divergent to open it.
While Jeanine has her Dauntless army rounding up Divergents, Tris attempts to recruit the Factionless and the remaining loyal Dauntless to overthrow Jeanine. Despite a common enemy that threatens them all, the two factions are hesitant to go up against a threat as big as Jeanine’s army. As if that weren’t enough, Jeanine has introduced an even more powerful simulation serum that has deadly side effects.
Like many futuristic, dystopian sci-fi movies, Insurgent takes a firm stance on the dangers of a uniform society. What sets it apart from other films in the genre is that the focus isn’t on the rejection of conformity, but of uniformity. Individualism is highly regarded in the Divergent series, and audiences will find out just how important the concept is by the ending of Insurgent.
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