The Divergent Series: Insurgent (also known simply as Insurgent) is a 2015 science fiction adventure film directed by Robert Schwentke, based on Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent trilogy, written by Veronica Roth. It is the sequel to the 2014 film Divergent and the second installment in The Divergent Series, produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian and Douglas Wick, with a screenplay by Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman and Mark Bomback. Robert Schwentke took over from Neil Burger as director, with Burger serving as the executive producer of the film. Along with the first film’s returning cast, the sequel features supporting actors Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Suki Waterhouse, Rosa Salazar, Daniel Dae Kim, Jonny Weston, Emjay Anthony, and Keiynan Lonsdale.
The plot of Insurgent takes place three days after the previous installment and continues to follow Tris Prior; Tris and Four are on the run after evading a hostile takeover from Jeanine and the rest of Erudite. The faction system in post-apocalyptic Chicago is crumbling, and everyone is desperate for power — and answers. Filming began on May 27, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, before officially concluding on September 6, 2014.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent was released on March 20, 2015 in the United States in the IMAX 3D format as well as regular 3D and 2D. Critical reaction to the film was mixed: some have considered the film to be an improvement over its predecessor, with reviewers highlighting the visual style, action sequences, and Woodley’s performance, but the film still received a significant amount of negative criticism, mainly focused on its storyline. The film was a commercial success, grossing over US$99 million worldwide during its opening weekend, making it attain the #1 spot at the box-office. The film has earned over US$273 million worldwide since its release.
Following the assault on Abnegation by Jeanine’s mind-controlled Dauntless soldiers, Eric and his platoon are searching through the wreckage of Abnegation for a box of unknown origin containing the symbols of all the factions. Upon recovery, the box is taken to Erudite and Jeanine claims that it contains data from the city’s founders and the means to end the Divergence problem. However, only a Divergent can open the box, so she orders that all Divergents be hunted down and captured.
Tris, Four, Peter, and Caleb are in hiding within the Amity compound. Soon after, Eric and his fleet arrive to test all the occupants for Divergence. Peter gives up the group’s location as Tris, Four, and Caleb escape and board a train headed into Factionless territory. During the ensuing fight with Factionless aboard the train, Four reveals his true name, Tobias Eaton, to the Factionless who reply that they have been searching for him.
Four, Tris and Caleb are given safe passage into the heart of Factionless. There, Tris and Caleb discover that Factionless’ leader is Four’s mother, Evelyn Johnson-Eaton. Evelyn suggests that Dauntless and Factionless should join their forces against Erudite. The next morning, the three leave Factionless for Candor to meet up with the remaining Dauntless. During the trek, Caleb tells Tris that he cannot continue with them and goes in a different direction.
Upon arrival at Candor, Tris and Four are arrested and brought before Jack Kang, the Candor’s leader, who don’t believe that Jeanine would go so far as to fraudulently make Tris and Four wanted for attacking Abnegation. Four tries to reason with Jack, inquiring about the fairness of a trial in Erudite as opposed to one in Candor, and requests the trial be conducted in Candor through truth serum. During the trial, Tris tearfully admits her guilt in shooting and killing Will, angering Christina.
Candor is then attacked by Dauntless traitors led by Eric and many people are shot with new simulation serum. Tris and Uriah, who revealed to be also as Divergent, are captured by Eric. Eric tests Tris and discovers that Tris’ Divergence is 100%, making her the perfect subject to open the box. They are then rescued by Four and Candor. Eric is taken into custody and Four executes him.
In Erudite, Jeanine, frustrated that none of the Divergent subjects have survived the simulation to open the box, is approached by Peter who pledges his loyalty to Erudite. Peter suggests that best way to get Tris to surrender is to play with her humanity.
Back in Factionless, Four reluctantly agrees with Evelyn that war is inevitable and they need to prepare. The long term sim serum is activated by Jeanine, causing Marlene, Christina and Hector to stand on a ledge repeatedly chanting that Tris Prior must turn herself in or more death will follow, as they step closer and closer to the edge. Tris and Tori climb the sides as fast as they can, and rescue two of the three, but Marlene plunges to her death. Overcome by guilt, Tris decides to turn herself in. She spends the night with Four and they make love. Afterwards Tris quietly slips away.
The moment Tris steps through the Erudite screen, she is surrounded and arrested. Jeanine then subjects her to each of the simulation trial to open the box. Tris is almost killed in the process. Jeanine reluctantly stops the simulation, allowing Tris to rest in a cell with her brother Caleb, who is now working with Jeanine. Peter, who is now a guard assigned to Tris, jabs her in the back with an injection while escorting her back to the chamber after she discovers that Four is also captive in the facility.
Once again, Tris goes through the simulations, but before it can be completed, her vital signs drop and she appears to die. Tris’s body is disconnected from the simulations cables and wheeled over to Four’s cell. Tris then awakens, and Peter assists Four in overpowering the guards, revealing that he is helping them. Peter then goes to the control room to change the security parameters to allow access for Four and Tris to simulation room.
Tris successfully opens the box, and, much to the chagrin of Jeanine, the message inside informs everyone in the simulation room about the entire walled city, the experiment, the evidence that Divergents are the success of the experiment, and the world is waiting outside for them to return to humanity. Jeanine, realizing the box and its revelation will undo of her power, orders the box buried and Four and Tris immediately executed. Before this occurs, the Factionless army hits the Erudite facility. Jeanine and Caleb are arrested, and Tris is hailed as a hero by the masses, eager to explore the world beyond the wall.
As Jeanine looks out from her cell, she states that after 200 years since the city was enclosed, there is no telling what awaits them beyond it. Evelyn appears behind her, and tells her that she will never find out. She shoots Jeanine in the back of the head.