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Insurgent, a big deception after Divergent

If you saw Divergent or read the series, you probably know that insurgent came out this last month of March and you’re either very excited about seeing it or you’re not planning on watching it at all.

The second option is maybe the best for you. Whether you read the books or just saw the first movie, I don’t recommend this movie. And if you still didn’t see Divergent, the first movie of the series, you should really avoid both of these and go watch something else instead.

Now let’s be clear, the movie wasn’t terrible. But it was far from what I expected it to be after seeing the cool posters that were everywhere after the movie came out.

The first thing that hit me was that the second movie doesn’t follow what the end of the first one predicts at all. The two main characters, Tris and Four, are seen leaving the city at the end of Divergent, implying that they’re going to explore the world outside. But at the beginning of Insurgent, it is clear that they didn’t go very far and this was probably one of the worst deceptions for me.

As the movie goes, the story itself becomes so twisted that in the end, you don’t even know what was part of a dream and what really happened. Every ten minutes of the movie a new element appears from nowhere and changes the entire story. This was probably intended to make the movie more suspenseful and unpredictable, but it really just made the spectator more confused and frustrated. I admit that I enjoyed going from dream to reality and not really knowing which was which at first, but after a while it started to annoy me and I just wanted to know what was going to happen in the end.

I know this is a lot of negativity so let’s talk about the positive points of the movie for a minute. The main actors, Shailene Woodley and and Theo James, still have a great chemistry going on and their acting is excellent. And the end was worth waiting for as it opens up to new possibilities for the next chapter and is full of mystery and suspense.

Overall, Insurgent was a big deception and I wouldn’t advise seeing it unless you are a fan of the series. But if you go, you’ll still be able to see your favorite characters from the first movie and enjoy some intense plot twisting.