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Insurgent (Movie Edition): Diverging from the Series


Watching “Insurgent” reminded me why I love this series.  It reminded me why I love tough, emotional Tris.  She is unlike most female characters.  She has several weaknesses, but many more strengths.  I find her inspiring.

My favorite character from the book series, Uriah, was finally in the film series.  This made me very happy; though, he barely had any screen time.  I hope we see more of him in the next film.

Director, Robert Schwentke, did a perfect job creating the simulations that Jeanine put Tris through.  Just like Tris, I was tricked into confusing fantasy for reality.  This was due to how Schwentke seamlessly placed the simulation scenes amongst the other scenes.  There was no auditory or visual distinction between the simulation scenes and the other scenes.  Also, there usually wasn’t an introduction beforehand, so we had no idea that the next shot was going to be part of a simulation.  A scene would start; it would look like Tris was in reality until slowly, I realized inconsistencies and my mind began to clear.  It felt like I finally realized I was dreaming.  I was becoming self-aware like Tris.  This was done flawlessly.

To be perfectly honest, I could barely remember the plot of the book.  My mind was a blur, but as I watched “Insurgent,” memories came pouring back in.  From what I can remember, the film hit most of the important points from the novel, but it definitely strayed from the book.  There were a few aspects that I noticed missing that should have been included, for they are important in the course of the series and the characters’ storylines.  1) During the trial scene at Candor in the film, Four did not reveal his secret about his father’s abuse.  This was a poignant moment for him in the book.  2) In the film, there wasn’t any development in Four and Tris’ relationship; in fact, barely any screen time was focused on them.  3) Compared to the book, there was a significantly smaller focus on Amity leader, Johanna, and on the factionless.  4) Overall, less screen time was given to the minor characters, and because of this, there was less character development.  The characters’ relationships just weren’t as strong.  Tris’ friends (Christina, Uriah, Tori, Marlene, Lynn, Shauna, and Zeke) should have been just as important as Four, Caleb, and Peter.  And in particular, Tris and Christina’s relationship should have undergone a great shift after Tris’ secret about Will is revealed.

Naomi Watt’s looked way too young to play Four’s mother.  Theo James, who plays Four, looks to be in his late twenties even though he’s supposed to be playing an 18-year-old (the actor is actually 30).  Watts is 47, and with her wardrobe and make-up in “Insurgent,” she could pass for being in her thirties.  This took me off guard when her character’s identity was revealed.  This was a very poor casting choice and kind of insulting to the beautiful, Watts.  She could have easily passed as Four’s lover rather than his mother.

The ending of the film version of “Insurgent” was completely different from the novel.  In the film, after the message was played, everyone rushed towards the wall on the outskirts of the city.  In the novel, people didn’t respond so positively to the message and mostly did not want to leave.  This could gravely change the outcome of the final installments.  I’m curious as to how it will all unfold.

One comment on “Insurgent (Movie Edition): Diverging from the Series

  1. michellesaul
    October 19, 2015

    I so agree that Noami Watt looked too young to be Four’s mom! When a guy friend of mine said he’d want to bang Four’s mom, it really creeped me out because I just felt like that shouldn’t have been a thought! I wasn’t really a fan of the ending for the reason you mentioned, but I guess they wanted to make the movie ending more visually dynamic. Great review of the movie though! 🙂

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