• The Divergent Series: Insurgent
    is roasted in
    Screen Rant
    Pitch Meeting
    for its confusing plot and sequel-baiting ending.
  • Deviating from the source material,
    proved to be the start of the franchise’s downfall for both critics and audiences.
  • While the YA genre is enjoying something of a resurgence on screen, the
    franchise’s poor reputation could find it not getting a second chance on screen for a long time.

Nearly a decade after it first hit theaters, The Divergent Series: Insurgent has become the target of the latest episode of Screen Rant‘s Pitch Meeting series. The 2015 sequel adapted the second novel in Veronica Roth’s YA book trilogy as Shailene Woodley’s Tris and her friends are on the run from the Erudite leader Jeanine as she tries to hunt them down in order to unlock the secret to wipe all Divergents out. Grossing just shy of $300 million, the movie was considered a box office success, but garnered largely negative reviews from critics.

As the YA genre continues to enjoy a resurgence on screen, Screen Rant‘s own Pitch Meeting series is looking back at The Divergent Series: Insurgent. The video, as seen at the top of this article, pokes fun at the various plot issues behind the 2015 sequel, namely its incoherent plot surrounding Jeanine’s plans for the Divergents and the lore established by the previous movie. The episode also humorously the movie’s final act, largely set in Tris’ head, and sequel-baiting ending.

How Insurgent Began The Divergent Franchise’s Downfall

While every book-to-movie adaptation is subject to some changes from its source material, the Divergent franchise is one of the more infamous for its various deviations from Roth’s book trilogy. The first movie was not without its flaws, particularly in its faithfulness to the book, but it was ultimately Insurgent that began the film series’ downfall as it learned the wrong lesson from its predecessor and further leaned into the derivative YA formula that saw many other genre efforts fail amid its dominance on screen. Check out how the Divergent franchise fared with critics and the box office below:


RT Critical Score

RT Audience Score

Box Office




$288.9 Million

The Divergent Series: Insurgent



$297.2 Million

The Divergent Series: Allegiant



$179.2 Million

The biggest difference between the Insurgent movie and book was the core crux of its plot, in which Jeanine looks to round up Divergents to unlock a mysterious box she believes will wipe out said population. Roth’s source material not only didn’t include said box, but also found Jeanine aware of the same secret it held in the form of a hard drive, in which Chicago’s faction system was simply an experiment. Jeanine’s fate was similarly changed in which she was killed in the book by Tori, who subsequently labeled Tris a traitor to Dauntless, whereas the movie saw Tris hailed as a hero and Factionless leader Evelyn killing Jeanine.


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Though Allegiant‘s further source material deviations ultimately led to further audience disinterest and a lackluster box office that resulted in the final movie and TV show spinoff being cancelled, it remains clear that The Divergent Series: Insurgent was the beginning of the franchise’s downfall. While the YA genre is enjoying something of a resurgence thanks to the likes of Disney+’s Percy Jackson show and Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the Divergent franchise’s tarnished reputation may be too much for it to ever get another shot on screen.

Source: Pitch Meeting

Insurgent Movie Poster

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Insurgent is the second film in the young adult Divergent series that sees Tris and Four on the run in the aftermath of the uprising. Being hunted by Jeanine Matthews, the leader of the Erudite faction,  Tris and Four will race against time as they try to figure out what Abnegation sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them

Robert Schwentke

Release Date
March 20, 2015



Akiva Goldsman , Brian Duffield


$110 million

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