3 August 2015


Wisely new-to-the-franchise screenwriters Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman and Mark Bomback decide to start the YA sequel Insurgent with a recap of Divergent’s utterly unmemorable mythology for those who are just joining us. We open on arch-antagonist Jeanine Matthews explaining the young adult saga’s high school clique-writ-large dystopia to camera. In short, this society groups its citizenry into factions based on their dominant social and personal traits, named for fancy synonyms for basic traits. Basically, it’s what might happen if a Zimbio personality quiz took over the world.

When the action picks up, it’s three days after the end of the first film and runaway Divergent Tris Prior has just seen her parents killed during an attack on her home district. Tris, her love interest, Four, her brother, Caleb, and snivelling collaborator Peter are all chased into Factionless territory. There, she discovers that Jeanine is hunting down all Divergents because she needs one of them to unlock a box that contains a message from the city’s founders that she hopes will help to eliminate the Divergence problem. She sets her sights on Tris, who, as an unusually balanced young lady, might be the only one who can pass all five of the tests required to retrieve the message.

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent is available now on video on-demand and other home entertainment formats.

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