INSURGENT: Shatter Reality Tour Kicks Off in New York City

     February 26, 2015

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Divergent had a good deal of simulation action in it, but based on what we’ve seen from the Insurgent marketing campaign, it looks like Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) will be putting even more experimental serums to use in the sequel. Any interest in getting a taste of what it feels like to be in the middle of a serum-induced fear landscape? If you live in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin or San Francisco you can tumble down a crumbling skyscraper and face a fast-approaching train head-on in Insurgent – Shatter Reality.

Lionsgate and Samsung have put together a four-minute 360-degree virtual reality experience in which Jeanine triggers a simulation and throws you right in the middle of it. I had the opportunity to test it out tonight at the event’s New York City stop and it’s good fun. You put on a Gear VR headset, the footage starts and you find yourself right in the middle of one of Jeanine’s Erudite labs. She’s busy hunting down anyone who’s Divergent so that she can run her mental simulation tests on them, and now you’re her next subject.

Whether you’re in the lab or in the middle of a fear landscape, you’ve got 360-degree access to the entire environment. I highly suggest looking all over and exploring the detailed locations, but also be sure to take a quick glance down. It doesn’t really have anything to do with Insurgent, but there’s just something about looking down and seeing a virtual reality body instead of your own that’s absolutely hilarious.

But really, if you’re a fan of 4D rides, virtual reality experiences and/or The Divergent Series, Shatter Reality is a good time and well worth checking out. You can find all of the official tour dates and a bunch of photos from my trip to the New York City stop below.

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Here’s the official synopsis for The Divergent Series: Insurgent:

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (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.

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