As some of you should already know, the first Insurgent trailer is out! Ok I’ll be honest: I didn’t really like the first one that much, and I haven’t really gotten around to reading the trilogy yet, but hey, it’s probably one of the bigger films of 2015, so let’s talk about it.
So while I didn’t really understand most of the trailer in terms of plot, I am rather excited about some of the new cast additions, most significantly Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts. I know their roles are rather small, but I loved Octavia in The Help and Naomi was really good in The Impossible.
That aside, TBH the trailer was a little meh. I mean, I get that it’s mostly because I haven’t actually read the book so I don’t really know what’s going on, but nothing in it seemed to really grab my attention. It would be unfair to compare this to trailers of original films such as Gravity and Interstellar because those two are just simply in a different league as this, but it had a “style over substance” feeling to it, for instance that scene from the previous teaser where Tris saves her mother… I’m pretty sure that is part of a simulator or something but it still made me raise an eyebrow slightly with incredulity.
While I understand that this trailer would be directed towards fans of the franchise, I think I would have liked it if it gave people who haven’t read the book some kind of clue as to what’s happening.
The general outline seems to be that they are running from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), and then decided to “Fight Back”, but after that it’s kind of a blur. The part about fighting herself, I mean, it seemed cool, but I kind of feel like I’ve seen that before multiple times. Oh and I hate using the word “cliche” on something because I feel like it’s the worst insult you can give any original movie franchise, but I think we all have to admit that some rather clear levels of cliche do creep into the trailer (she’s the one).
On the note of “she’s the one”… The Matrix anyone? The first time I watched it, it did have that very strong “rebel/YA” feel to it, but after connotations of “The Matrix” began floating around my head, and then I re-watched it, it kind of seemed like The Matrix for thirteen year old girls to me. Yes, I know the plot is probably nothing like The Matrix, but overall it seemed pretty standard YA/sci-fi fare to me.
Hey, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s not like any of us expect The Divergent Series to be something revolutionary and game-changing in the film industry. Based on the amount of action and romance I can sense in this film, it’ll be the very film teenage fans of the series want and that’s really all that matters at the box office.
Overall? It was a decent trailer which will surely hype up every fangirl out there, though may leave strangers of the franchise feeling slightly confused and uninspired (me).
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