REVIEW: Insurgent


119 min.

Actors: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Mekhi Phifer

Director: Robert Schwentke


Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language.

Overview – 7.0

One choice can transform you-or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships. Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Positive Content – 10.0

Secrets are exposed in this sequel and it shows how destructive they can truly be. The positive in this is that the ones who the secrets are told to work through their anger and feeling of betrayal to value their friendship.

There is also an underlying theme that hints at the fact that everyone is made for a purpose that I liked.

Questionable Content – 8.5

There is a lot of violence in this film. Where they do not explicitly show gore and the like, it is still not something to bring young children to.

Sexual content – 6.0

There are a couple of scenes in which it is implied to be some sexual activity going on. In these scenes Tris’ bare back and shoulders are seen.

There are also a couple of outfits that are worn that reveal entirely too much for both the girls and guys.

Drugs/alcohol content – 9.5

A part from the chemical warfare going on with the “sim drugs” there really is no other drugs or alcohol seen.

Profane language – 1.0

“Damn” is used twice.

“Sh-t” is used twice.

There is one muffled F-Bomb.


So I didn’t actually read this one before the movie came out but I read the first one, Divergent. I was a little underwhelmed with the book and even more so with its on screen rendition. I wasn’t expecting much from this sequel, more of the same, and I nothing in it surprised me. Shailene Woodley’s acting was actually a bit annoying at times and other scenes were just downright ridiculous. I am not a teenage girl so maybe a lot of the story was missed on my part. I will have to ask the girls in my youth group to give me there take on it but there was still what I consider rather large plot holes in this thing. For one, we are to believe that this is a dystopian world and yet it seems like there a limitless resources available instantaneously to build a room specifically for a piece of tech they have never seen before? Come on… And how are the Dauntless just chilling at Cander’s headquarters? Wouldn’t the bad guys be after them first since they hold evidence that could harm them? Any ways, maybe I just need to read the book. Unless you just have to see this movie because you read the book, wait until it comes out on DVD.

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Chris Krotz is the pulpit minister for the Carlisle Church of Christ in Pennsylvania and a graduate of Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. Chris is passionate about teaching God’s Word and making it apply to everyday life. Along with Jack Dodgen, Chris co-founded Strong Church in 2013.

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