Action-packed Insurgent movie does the book justice

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Riley Hyatt, Reporter

The ultimate movie experience, as far as I’m concerned, is sitting in the IMAX theater with a large ICEE in hand. Not only does the sound and picture surpass that of the regular theaters, but the large theater gives moviegoers infinite seat options, especially when you’re attending the 10 p.m. showing of “Insurgent” just days after it’s been released.

As an avid fan and repeat-reader of the trilogy, my main purpose for attending was to see if the movie lived up to its book equivalent. Most know that the book is (nine times out of 10) better than the movie, but with a book like “Insurgent,” the action scenes were meant for the big screen.

To forego the suspense of my verdict, I’d say that, yes, the movie portrayed the book fairly well. Tris, played by actress Shailene Woodley, and Four, played by actor Theo James, spend the majority of the movie traveling throughout what is supposed to be dystopian Chicago looking for fellow Divergents. They receive assistance from multiple factions and even the factionless. The movie left me feeling invigorated and sets itself up quite nicely for “Allegiant,” which is rumored to be split into two parts (I wonder where they got the idea from).

The movie plays a little bit into the fact that Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who plays Tris’s brother, Caleb, starred in The Fault In Our Stars. Some of the scenes are downright meta and have a sort of situational, tongue in cheek humor that seems maybe intentional. I love anything Woodley stars in, and I’d be lying if I said Ansel Elgort wasn’t beautiful as Caleb on the big screen, so maybe it’s in part to appeal to tween novel reading, ICEE slurping awestruck fans like me. Insurgent was quite an experience, and although the 3D feature didn’t have much of an effect on me, the movie did.