Whether you’re stoked or not, you’re getting more from The Divergent Series, with the upcoming sequel Insurgent. While the first film was kind of bland and generic, everything we’ve seen this time around has focused on the action, adventure, and strange, almost psychedelic imagery. That includes this new trailer.
This short preview really plays up the oversimplified dystopian social system from Veronica Roth’s trilogy of young adult novels. In a post-apocalyptic Chicago—you’re never sure exactly what exactly what tragedy led to the end of this particular world—society has been segregated into five different factions based on your most dominant personality trait. Divergents, those people who don’t fit into any single section, are the greatest threat to this new way of life for some reason, which is where heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) falls.
After the events of the first movie, she’s now being hunted, along with her hunky boyfriend Four (Theo James), he’s different too, and they’re trying to figure out precisely why they’re so dangerous and how to take down the bad people, led by Jeanine (Kate Winslet). You can’t help but feel like these stories are trying to make some grander point about prejudice, intolerance, open mindedness, and all of the things that make us unique, but the set up is so watered down that it’s hard to take seriously.
Though this seems more based in the real world of the film, there are still tons of those hallucinatory visuals that appear when the characters take those journeys into their own minds that we saw from time to time in Divergent. This video may be full of concrete, nuts and bolts plot points, like introducing new characters and revisiting old ones, but there are still flying around in the air and crumbling into dust and all kinds of weird ass shit. If nothing else, that should be cool to see on the big screen.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent also stars Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Daniel Dae Kim, Mekhi Pfifer, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q, and a bunch more folks, and opens everywhere on March 20. The final installment, Allegiant, will be split into two parts, because that’s how things like this are done now, and are due to arrive over the next couple of years.