Thanks to Moviepilot and Summit Entertainment, I got to experience 'Insurgent: Shatter Reality' for Google Cardboard.
For those unfamiliar with Google Cardboard, it is a small, virtual reality piece that you hold, almost like a pair of binoculars. It comes to you in a flat piece of cardboard that you fold together with simple instructions, and voila! You essentially have what is an origami VR! You then download and install an app, put your phone in, load the app, and you're all set!
So what is Shatter Reality? It's a 3D/360° narrative, VR experience, set in the world of The Divergent Series. In the experience, you take on the role of a 'Divergent,' who has been captured by Jeanine Matthews and her Erudite faction. You are then subjected to a series of mental 'simulations' to determine the full extent of your divergence.
My thoughts on the app? WOW! They really outdid themselves! Can I be completely honest? This got me more excited than a trailer EVER will. The 3D effects were amazing! It felt so much like you were actually there. This was so smart of them to do, and I'm so happy that they took the time to experiment and create this for us. It actually made me excited for two different reasons. Reason one? I HAVE to see this movie now, no question about it! Reason two? Other studios need to do this for their films. Why not one for Mockingjay, or the new Maze Runner? The possibilities are nearly endless! And truthfully, I would watch every single VR experience, even if it's not something I'm interested in, just because it was that awesome.
Want to try it out for yourself? You'll only need Google Cardboard, and the app which you can get it from the Google Play store, or the iTunes App store. Also, please don't be wary of the screenshots on the store pages. I know it looks a little like a bad '90s full-motion video game, but that all goes away when using the VR!