The Divergent Series continues with its second installment, Insurgent, picking up the story after Tris (Shailene Woodley) has freed herself from the clutches of Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet). Following her love interest / fellow Dauntless member Four (Theo James) beyond the boundaries of the Great Wall, Tris is ready to more fully explore and embrace what being and exception to categorization is all about.
The first trailers for Insurgent confused those who had not read the book series by Veronica Roth, offering strange visuals that seemed like a cross between The Matrix and Inception – albeit with an obvious visual FX improvement on the first film. The second trailer for Insurgent practically gave away the entire movie (a common marketing misstep these days); however, trailer #3 gets it about right.
Sporting the tagline “Fight Back,” this third trailer is more succinct but just as effective as the second one. We get an idea of where the characters we met in the first film all stand now; we see the new problem facing them (Jeanine’s hunt to use divergents as lab rats); we even get a hint at the overall story and character arcs, but at a minute long, there’s still a lot of movie blessedly left to the imagination.
Director Robert Schwentke takes over the franchise from Divergent director Neil Burger. Schwentke’s resume is both hot and cold, containing strong adaptations like RED, which clash with weak and failed adaptations like R.I.P.D. With greater resources and a clear (read: eye-catching) visual design for the film, it looks like The Divergent Series could follow in the footsteps of The Hunger Games series (which also happens to be owned by Lionsgate/Summit) and deliver a superior sequel.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent will be in theaters on March 20, 2015.