The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Theatrical Release: March 20, 2015
The Divergent Series: Insurgent


“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Dove Review

“Insurgent” is an action-packed ride that follows the first film in the “Divergent” series. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the Erudite elite’s leader. Winslet plays Jeanine with a subtle undercurrent of brewing cruelty. There is a secret box Jeanine wants opened, but so far everyone she has ordered to overcome its mind tricks and frightening images has died. Jeanine believes that a divergent such as Tris can make it happen. She has no clue how powerful Tris really is—but she’s about to find out.

The film features many battle and fighting scenes, and exciting chase scenes such as when Tris, Four and Caleb hop a moving train as they flee for their lives. And romance develops between Tris and Four. The movie features a violent and possibly surprising ending, especially for viewers who don’t know the books well. But therein lies one of the problems in relation to it as a family-friendly film. The violence hits a four rating in our content listing, placing it outside of our Dove “Family-Approved” status, not to mention other strong content in the sex and language categories. Sadly, we can’t place our Dove Seal on “Insurgent.”

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A few passionate kissing scenes between couple; implied sex between an unmarried couple after woman removes her top.
Language: G/OG-1; F-1; S-1; BS-1; D-1; H-2; Dumb-1; Fool-1.
Violence: Many battle scenes and one-on-one fights; explosions and fires; punching and kicking of characters; bloody lips; shootings—characters are seen with blood on them and a few characters have bloody faces; guns held on many characters; young woman puts a gun to her head and threatens to end her life; character's face is cut with a knife; characters killed; man is hit with a rifle; in an imagined scene a character has a very bloody neck; man is shoved into a glass wall and has a bloody nose and some of the blood remains on the glass.
Drugs: Characters are given shots which put a device in their bodies and makes them commit suicide; truth serum that can be painful is given to a few characters; wine is seen in front of characters but they are not seen drinking.
Nudity: Girl seen in nightgown; girl removes top and bare back is seen; woman's head and shoulders seen as she takes a shower; bare midriffs; cleavage in several scenes; shirtless men.
Other: Some characters commit suicide as the result of a drug; tension between characters; government tries to rule groups of people; tattoos on some character's bodies; betrayal.


Company: Lionsgate
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 119 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter