Common sense should tell us that society is not going to function properly if we divide people according to their predominant characteristic, be that peacefulness (Amity), intelligence (Erudite), honesty (Candor), selflessness (Abnegation) or bravery (Dauntless). Surely the wheels of civilisation are only going to turn smoothly if each and every one of us combines a little of each of these humane qualities? But in Veronica Roth’s post-apocalyptic Chicago, being Divergent, not fitting neatly in to a faction, makes one a danger.
‘Insurgent‘ continues the story of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), an Abnegation-born Divergent. She and her boyfriend Four (Theo James), as well as her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) are hiding out in the living quarters of Amity, having escaped from an attempt to obliterate Abnegation. A search of Tris’ mother’s home reveals a small, pentagonal prism which is relayed to the central headquarters of Jeanine, the leader of Erudite. Jeanine knows that this mysterious canister contains a message from the Founders. She is equally certain that its secrets will only be revealed when a Divergent manages to complete the mind simulations of all five factions. The order goes out to hunt down every Divergent; Tris’ life is in danger.
This was a great start to the Easter holidays; we splashed out on a family cinema trip (well, at £30 a time, it feels like a luxury!) and immersed ourselves in the movie. In places the film is emotionally hard-hitting; both my daughter and I cried at a scene between Tris and her departed mother and a love scene between Tris and Four is depicted movingly. There is not much light relief, other than when Tris cuts off her long hair with her mother’s antiquated shears and manages to reveal a strand-perfect, highlighted and elegantly coiffed pixie cut. But hey, it is Hollywood! This is fast-paced and engaging entertainment and I can’t wait for the final part of the story, ‘Allegiant‘.