Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland
Directed by Francis Lawrence
After the intense conclusion of Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- part 1 picks up the story and delves into the underground world of thought-to-be-dead District 13.
Those saved from the District 12 bombings and a few rebels in the Capitol have found a safe refuge in District 13, which had never died out like everyone supposed. A woman named Coin (Moore) is in charge as president, and she is doubtful of Katniss’ (Lawrence) ability to be the face of a revolution. Before Katniss agrees to help the cause, she wants Coin and her team to extract Peeta (Hutcherson) and other tributes from the Capitol.
These terms are not met lightly, as Peeta is seen as a traitor when he goes on air with Caesar Flickerman (Tucci) and calls for a ceasefire. This is when the action picks up and Katniss is seen preparing for the fight against the Capitol. She goes out to broken districts and her hometown that has been wiped out with a crew who film her for propaganda.
Katniss Everdeen is a teenager but it’s easy to forget that she’s survived two deadly hunger games and become a leader of a district-wide rebellion. She has gone through so much stress and trauma for someone her age it’s no wonder she suffers from PTSD. We see this more in Catching Fire but some elements of distress are there. What the movie tries to do is show that Katniss is the strong beacon of hope everyone needs her to be. She’s fierce and shows her support of the rebellion by visiting other battle-wounded districts.
President Snow is trying to keep peace in order, but he’s losing his battle. The poor districts are starting to fight back, and he has no idea what District 13 has in store. He does, however, have one pawn and that is Peeta. He knows how much Katniss cares for him and Snow uses him as a tool to hurt Katniss. Peeta makes appearances on the screens across the districts which show over time the abuse that is taking a toll on him. It only stresses how much District 13 needs to rescue him
In this first of two parts finale of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay- Part 1 sets the battle-ready tone that is to come in the next movie. It shows Katniss’ vulnerability as she is left out of the bigger plans, and is used instead to rally the people. While it lacks some excitement that was present in the previous two movies, it takes a more serious look at what the Capitol has put the districts through. The sequel is bound to have plenty of action to balance the Mockingjay story.