Fire and Chaos Reign In Action-Packed, Nightmarish 'Insurgent' Teaser

by Zach Seemayer 6:53 PM PST, November 12, 2014
Photo: Lionsgate

If you learn nothing else from this short, trippy teaser/trailer for Insurgent, it's at least clear that Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) has some seriously messed up nightmares.

From the dystopic, flaming ruins of an abandoned metropolis, to her mother Natalie (Ashley Judd) bursting into flames, this trailer is bonkers right from the get-go.

Adding to the weirdness? Her mother (SPOILER ALERT) died in the last film. The whole thing is a heaping helping of creepy.

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Insurgent is the second film in the Divergent series, and follows Tris as she copes with and moves on from the devastating, life-changing events of the first movie.

Of course, none of those events are really mentioned in this teaser, which instead opts to take us on a brief -- yet thrilling -- adventure involving Tris desperately hanging on to the side of her floating, burning home as it soars through the air, crashing into abandoned sky scrapers, while she also tries to rescue her dead mom from an inferno.

Photo: Lionsgate

And then the trailer cuts right to the film's title screen, as to avoid giving any sort of context that would explain a single frame of the fever dream you just watched.

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While that sounds critical, it's not. One of the best trailers of all time was for the 1980 horror classic The Shining, and all it featured was the legendary slow-motion shot of a tidal wave of blood pouring out from an old-timey elevator as its doors opened.

While this Insurgent trailer does give us a little bit more of a window into the film, it's still a strange, disconcerting minute of fire, jumping, action, bombastic music, post-apocalyptic settings and surrealism. Truly a teaser in the best sense of the word.

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Insurgent is set to hit theaters March 20, 2015. In the meantime, check out this awesome poster art, which this new teaser finally gives some context for.

Photo: Lionsgate

ET sat down with the stars of Divergent back in March and had them answer questions from their fans. Check out the video below for more.

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