The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Critic Consensus: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 sets up the franchise finale with a penultimate chapter loaded with solid performances and smart political subtext, though it comes up short on the action front.
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The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. (c) Lionsgate … More
|Rating:||PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Francis Lawrence (II), Francis Lawrence|
|Written By:||Danny Strong, Peter Craig|
|In Theaters:||Nov 21, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 6, 2015|
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as Katniss Everdeen
as Gale Hawthorne
as Peeta Mellark
as President Alma Coin
as President Snow
as Haymitch Abernathy
as Commander Lyme
as Effie Trinket
as Plutarch Heavensbee
as Caesar Flickerman
as Johanna Mason
as Primrose Everdeen
as Katniss' Mother
as Annie Cresta
as Commander Paylor
as D8 Another Patient
as D8 Female Patient
as D8 Male Patient
as D8 Old Woman
as Snow's Granddaughter
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as Snow's Stylist #1
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
I appreciated its more downbeat intellectual grasp of how wars can be fought through film and media.
A very odd film that ends as abruptly as it begins, so I guess we must all tune in next year to find out if it actually amounts to anything. This is just how big movies work now.
It may not have the visual panache of the first two films, but it makes up for it with a thrilling series of events that set us up nicely for the final film in the franchise.
Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
An average, slightly disappointing and too grim follow-up to the first two riveting 'Hunger Games' films about the expansion of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) into a public relations figure for the rebels, and how The Capital led by a corrupt rule (Donald Sutherland) looks to squash whatever progress they make. The acting as always is top-notch, but the decision in where this film goes with the plot just is not as interesting as compared to the previous films. We have seen many movies before deal with the subject of public relations before, and in a much more convincing, better way than this movie, including in the first two films. Once the film leaves this part of the plot behind it gets more interesting, but ultimately I can't give this movie a recommendation because of how bogged down it gets because of this direction it takes in its first half of duration.
The film isn't by any means "bad", but there just doesn't feel like there was nearly enough content to really fill a 2 hour film. It's almost like the final 2 parts were shot and they were like "Don't bother editing it, we need all the footage we can get!"
That being said, the film's pacing is always slow. Everything has too much time to breathe and there's a constant atmosphere of heavy drama even through the most basic of scenes.
It works as a 1 hour standalone film, but a 2 hour teaser for the finale? Not so much. I enjoyed the story and her navigation through propaganda/politics but ugh, there's just so much they could've done to keep the viewer from falling asleep. Throw in some scenes with Peeta's POV or elaborate on the scene where she shoots down a bomber with a bow an arrow, just something!
How many movies can you say you've seen where Liam Hemsworth is the best actor? This might be one of them. The acting is really dull in this film, with its somewhat exciting (and somewhat stupid) script. District 13 ain't the only thing that's revolting in this film.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Quotes
|President Snow:||It's the things we love the most that destroy us.|
|Gale Hawthorne:||I'm in pain. That's the only way I get your attention.|
|President Alma Coin:||Any other demands?|
|Katniss Everdeen:||My sister gets to keep her cat.|
|Katniss Everdeen:||Are you, are you coming to the tree? Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me. Strange things did happen here, no stranger would it be, if we met at night, in a hanging tree|
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