Blu-Ray Review: ‘Insurgent’

– by Gig Patta

The revolution has begun.

Tris and Four are back in “Insurgent,” as they pick up the remnants of the Dauntless to counter Jeanine and the Erudite.

They try to seek an alliance with the other factions of Candor and Amity, while investigating the newfound movie of the Factionless under the leadership of Evelyn.

Most of the cast returns in this sequel with Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz and Miles Teller. New faces will include Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Daniel Dae Kim.

The sequel takes place a few days after the fall of Abnegation and the takeover of Jeanine and the Erudite. Unlike its predecessor, “Insurgent” has less action than “Divergent” and mainly focuses on the plot development of unlocking a mysterious box and the secrets of Divergence.

The film has remarking special effect components from overall look of the dystopian Chicago to the technologies in use by the Erudite and Candor. And fans of the series also will have a good look into the impressive living environments of the other factions of Amity, Candor and the Factionless.

The Blu-ray edition has an extensive look into the behind-the-scenes of “Insurgent.” This very long feature breaks down scene-by-scene with scattered interviews from the cast, director, second unit directors, set designers and stunt coordinators. It is hours of extra materials only for the truly die-hard fans may enjoy.

In this Ultimate Behind-the-Scenes Access, the feature reveals on how the set designers transform Atlanta into a post-dystopian Chicago setting, certain stunts performance by cast, actual construction of the set design such as the dome/tree of Amity home and CGI-inserted effects and even the composition of the music. In this Access, it features a nice picture-on-picture of the scene recreation so that the viewer has the exact reference of the subject.

In addition, there is an audio commentary by the producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher that can be played along with the movie. They narrate throughout the film and input certain facts at certain points.

To round up the features, there is also a presentation introducing more characters such as Uriah (Keiynan Lonsdale), Hector (Emjay Anthony), Lynn (Rosa Salazar) and Edgar (Jonny Weston), a character that doesn’t appear in the book series.

There is one special character feature on Peter (Miles Teller) that explains the expansion and changes to the character. With Teller’s increasing popularity, the “Divergent” series will look to his star power to draw more fans to the movies. 

Extra features about stunts, special effects, HBO behind-the-scene look and Regal Theaters behind-the-scene look are all unnecessary after watching the Ultimate Behind-the-Scenes Access.

“Insurgent” is a nice setup to the two-part conclusion with “Allegiant: Part 1” in 2016 and “Allegiant: Part 2” in 2017 in theaters. In the meantime, fans of Veronica Roth’s books will not be disappointed in this feature encyclopedia of the film.

“Insurgent” is available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD download today.

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