The Grade Book: “Insurgent”


The Grade Book: Insurgent 


Plot: Tris, Four, and others continue their fight against Jeanine as Tris must confront her inner demons.

Director: Robert Schwentke

Writers: Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, and Mark Bomback (based on the novel by Veronica Roth)

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Kate Winslet

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure

Running Time:  1 hour and 59 minutes

U.S. Release Date: March 20th, 2015

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language).



(Lowest Grade Given: D, Highest Grade Given: B+)

CONSENSUS: Insurgent features a dedicated performance from Shailene Woodley  and a few exciting scenes, but typical YA trappings and a wasted supporting cast mostly render it as a disappointing sequel.


Tony Estrada (WLF Critic)

Grade: B-

Insurgent is a step down from Divergent, but it is entertaining enough for me to call it a decent film. Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and Octavia Spencer give really solid performances to their characters while the rest of the acting is fine but felt incredibly wooden throughout. The cinematography does look beautiful, the visuals mostly look great, the direction was well done and the overall concept is cool, but some of the dialogue was cringe-worthy, it gets a little convoluted, and most of the characters don’t serve any purpose for the overall story. Kate Winslet as the “villain” was incredibly wasted too because all she is told to do in the movie is just stare and give commands. Insurgent is alright for what it was given but it isn’t anywhere near as memorable as Divergent.

Chad Gleason (WLF Critic)

Grade: B+

Now that’s how you make a sequel and make me go from a casual viewer to an invested participate. With all of the setup done on the last film, we can finally tell a story with great action and special effects. Shailene Woodley proves once again why she is one of the best young actresses working today. I’m very excited to see how this all ends.

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Viktor Guizar (WLF Fan)

Grade: D+

If the first part of this new YA adaptation wasn’t a major hit at the box office, you would think the studio would go easy and plan the next installment a little more carefully. Instead we’re presented with lazy screewritting, a lot of new but meaningless characters and some of the most unmemorable action sequences I’ve seen in a while. It really makes me wonder why the studio — instead of splitting the last book into two movies — didn’t just condense the first two books into one movie. A disappointing step back for this saga of beloved books.

Leah Hather (WLF Critic)

Grade: D

Same old generic rubbish.

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Nick Iacobucci (WLF Critic)

Grade: D

This is just typical YA nonsense, and it is nowhere near an improvement over the mediocre first installment. How a director can take every single talented young actor alive and make a crappy and boring film is beyond me.

Zachary Marsh (WLF Critic)

Grade: B+

Not as impressive or as thrilling as Divergent, but thanks to the committed performances, a well-told story, and some outstanding visual effects, Insurgent proves to be a worthy sequel that is a good excuse to turn your brain off for two hours. However, the 3D was pretty useless, so if you’re going to see this pay less and see it in 2D.

Daniel Rester (WLF Critic)

Grade: B-

Shailene Woodley’s strong performance, some impressive cinematography, and a few exciting action sequences help carry the film to its finish. Insurgent is marred by following YA formula that never makes itself distinct enough. The supporting cast mostly looks bored as well, with a few great young actors’ talents wasted. The film is far from terrible, but it isn’t very memorable either. Fans should catch in theaters; others are best to wait till Blu-ray.

Calob Robinson (WLF Fan)

Grade: C

An average movie with some really awful parts. The acting was pretty good but Shailene Woodley was phenomenal. There was one scene in particular that perfectly showcases her acting ability and it was a wonder to see. On the not-so-good side of the fence, the writing was sub-par at best — with some terribly written scenes as well as some bad dialogue. The visuals were pretty sub-par as well, with way too much CGI used to the point where you feel like your watching an animated movie at times. Kate Winslet did pretty awful in my opinion; she had really no villainous scenes at all and her motives were weak. Insurgent ends on a pretty conclusive note so I don’t really see where they’re going with the sequels. 


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