The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

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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

Cast

Jennifer Lawrence
as Katniss Everdeen
Liam Hemsworth
as Gale Hawthorne
Josh Hutcherson
as Peeta Mellark
Julianne Moore
as President Alma Coin
Sam Claflin
as Finnick
Donald Sutherland
as President Snow
Woody Harrelson
as Haymitch Abernathy
Lily Rabe
as Commander Lyme
Elizabeth Banks
as Effie Trinket
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Plutarch Heavensbee
Stanley Tucci
as Caesar Flickerman
Jena Malone
as Johanna Mason
Willow Shields
as Primrose Everdeen
Paula Malcomson
as Katniss' Mother
Evan Ross
as Messalla
Stef Dawson
as Annie Cresta
Patina Miller
as Commander Paylor
Caitlin Fowler
as D8 Another Patient
Jada Taylor
as D8 Female Patient
Nicholas Pryor
as D8 Male Patient
Donna Biscoe
as D8 Old Woman
Erika Bierman
as Snow's Granddaughter
Jenique Bennett
as Rescue Hovercraft Pilot
Rus Blackwell
as D13 Systems Operator
Stevie Ray Dallimore
as D13 Systems Operator #2
Breann Couch
as D13 Systems Operator #3
Jordan Woods-Robinson
as Snow's Stylist #1
Jackson Mizell
as Bunker Door Security
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

All Critics (293) | Top Critics (57) | Fresh (202) | Rotten (91)

  • The director and writers don't have to cram so many plot incidents from the dense source material into a regulation-sized movie, and so they are able to stretch out and focus on their greatest strength: Lawrence.

    January 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Enjoy Mockingjay - Part One for the function it serves to set up the finale, and let's look forward to Mockingjay - Part Two. I think a year from now, hindsight will prove that we were all satisfied with The Middle Middle Child.

    December 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Although solidly packaged with, for the most part, solid performances, Mockingjay Part 1 feels restrained. The exuberance and anticipatory excitement within both 'The Hunger Games' and 'Catching Fire' is missing here.

    December 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Without the hook of its titular games in the mix, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, plays like a rote dystopian thriller.

    November 27, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Hunger Games films are worth revisiting; they're Y.A. dystopia done right, balancing fantastic and realistic elements well. They're also full of excellent performers.

    November 11, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Interesting for its drifting away from the formulaic model already established, yet it feels something like a misnomer of a film, more of an extended prologue to a finale rather an actual 'part' deserving of its own distinction.

    September 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

  • Dec 12, 2015
    Monkingjay Part 1 seems to be a placeholder for the final movie. It is OK; Katniss is still saving the day, and President Snow is still that bad guy, but this movie seems to fall short on content.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2015
    "The Hunger Games: MockingJay - Part 1" is an okay movie. The acting in this movie is good. The plot is okay. The suspense in this movie is amazing. Although there are some points in this movie where nothing much is going on. Towards the end of this movie, "The Hunger Games: MockingJay - Part 1" starts to get really exciting. The ending wasn't that interesting. I am excited to see the finale movie "The Hunger Games: MockingJay - Part 2" coming out soon. I agree with rottentomatoes.com and give "The Hunger Games: MockingJay - Part 1" a 6.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2015
    It's rare when a movie is better than the book. Mockingjay Part 1 proves to be an excellent film with stunning performance and complex plot. The political subtext was way better played than the book, making it an important piece of gem to show the problems with both fascism and communism.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2015
    Because its the set up piece to the exciting conclusion, it's the least of the first three films with less moderate action and very talky. The acting is still good enough to make you watch the film and I am more than ready to see the story conclude this November. Lawrence is least interesting character in this round but Moore, Hoffman, Harrelson and Banks all have good moments. 05-03-2015
    Christopher O Super Reviewer

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