Tensions rise in ‘Insurgent’

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Annissa Lai, Staff Writer

One of the hottest upcoming movies this year is “Insurgent,” the second installment in the “Divergent” trilogy by Veronica Roth, that comes out March 20.

“Insurgent” will star many of the main characters that were in “Divergent,” such as Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley), Tobias “Four” Eaton (Theo James), Caleb Prior (Ansel Elgort), and Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet).

Key new additions to the cast include Evelyn (Naomi Watts) and Johanna (Octavia Spencer).

“I’ve heard that a few changes have been made from the book to the movie, so I hope it turns out well,” said junior Izzy Shepard. “I can’t wait to see Shailene Woodley rock the pixie cut.”

Neil Burger was the director for “Divergent,” but Robert Schwentke will direct “Insurgent.”

Schwentke will also direct the movie for Part 1 of the final book, “Allegiant.”

The first movie ends with the city in complete disorder while Tris injects the serum into Jeanine Matthews, the Erudite leader, to make her stop mind-controlling the Dauntless.

Tris then escapes on a train out of Dauntless headquarters with others, including Four.

“Insurgent” is supposed to continue where “Divergent” left off after the upheaval, with Tris and Four running from Jeanine Matthews.

Matthews wants to kill them because they are Divergent, which means they don’t belong in any of the factions: Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), Erudite (intelligent), Amity (peaceful), or Candor (honest).

“Insurgent” begins with Tris, Four, and their remaining friends hiding out as fugitives in the Amity compound.

Tris struggles to find the truth behind what Abnegation has sacrificed their lives to keep a secret.

“Divergent” received mixed reviews. A lot of criticism had to do with how the actors in the movie portrayed the characters in the book.

“I don’t like Shailene Woodley’s acting or her portrayal of Tris,” said freshman Turvi Sharma. “Tris is supposed to be a strong character and [Woodley] just doesn’t embody the ideal heroine that Veronica Roth wrote Tris to be.”

On the other hand, the positive reviews from the first movie of the trilogy really hypes up the expectations for “Insurgent.”

“The performances- namely from stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James and Kate Winslet in a juicy supporting role- always make the movie watchable and often quite engaging,” said Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com.

“Divergent” on its opening weekend nabbed the No. 1 spot in the box office.

The “Insurgent” trailers that have been released show an intense, action-packed sneak peek of the film.

Despite the various reasons why people will go see “Insurgent,” most people are just curious.

“I’m interested to see how they do the second movie with all the changes they made with the first movie compared to the book,” said senior Haley Segelke.

With the popularity of past dystopian films, such as the chart-topping hit “The Hunger Games,” many moviegoers will no doubt also flock to theaters to see “Insurgent.”