Movie Review: Who Organized This Dystopia Anyway?

March 21, 2015 4:05 AM

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That’s the question put to Tris (Shailene Woodley), the heroine of the latest installment in the Divergent film saga, Insurgent, by the film’s villain, Jeanine. Rendered by Kate Winslet as a caricature of such steely intelligence that she looks like the product of a sheet-metal plant, Jeanine doesn’t mean it this way, but her question highlights a central irony of the film. It’s one that’s even more prominent in this second chapter of the sci-fi trilogy — which is set in a dystopian Chicago where people have been sorted, like machine parts, into five personality-based “factions” — than it was in the first.

The irony is this: It is the Erudite, the brainiac faction of which Jeanine is supreme leader, that administers and defends this harebrained scheme.

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