As we've already discussed earlier today, it's Super Bowl Week, and movie studios are hoping to grab the attention of a massive TV audience with TV spots for virtually every summer blockbuster of 2015 (and probably one or two from 2016, too). Though some spots will be kept secret right up until they air on Sunday, a few are dropping early, and one of them is a new trailer for Insurgent, the second film adapted from Veronica Roth's dystopian young adult trilogy the Divergent series.
In case you're not up to speed from the first film, Divergent, here's a quick primer: The series is set in a fenced-in future version of Chicago, where some past catastrophe led to a reorganization of society in which everyone is sorted into "factions" based on their personality. Each faction has a job, everyone takes a test to determine where they belong, and the system goes on. But one girl, Tris (Shailene Woodley), was determined to be a "Divergent" -- someone who can't easily be sorted into a faction -- and her presence brings an already tense standoff between factions to a fever pitch. Insurgent picks up where that all left off. Here's an official synopsis.
‘Insurgent’ raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
Reaction to Divergent was rather mixed, and the film couldn't touch the blockbuster status of The Hunger Games, but fans of the series and curious moviegoers bought enough tickets to ensure a sequel, and perhaps that momentum will carry Insurgent on to even greater success. As for this trailer, well, it doesn't bring much to the party in the way of plot, and it's a bit formulaic, but the sweeping music will definitely get fans of the series pumped. Check it out below.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent hits theaters on March 20.