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

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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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Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

First and foremost I'm disagreeing with about a quarter of critics who said this movie lacks action etc. This movie was never about action sequences in fact its a movie about propaganda and the manipulation of the media. In fact this serves as a social commentary on our own society and how mass media influences our chain of thought and decision making. The second issue that critics are having is that once again this last book has been split into two movies. While yes it may be for an extra money grab, at the same time this movie in my opinion works more effectively than that of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Breaking Dawn Part 1, in the fact that the events in this movie will lead to the revolution and war in Part 2. Moving on for those that think Jennifer Lawrence might be overrated as an actress I one suggest watching Winter's Bone and two she proves she is not overrated in this movie delivering a knockout performance as Katniss Everdeen and her PTSD scenes handled with amazing strength. The rest of the cast is also stellar with new additions such as Natalie Dormer as Cressida and Julianne Moore as President Coin proving capable in their roles. The revolution has begun and is televised.

Jarrad Climpson
Jarrad Climpson

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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 Lats
Red Lats

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Leaving aside the action that was so present in the previous films to invest more in the characters, this third chapter is a grim, intelligent and riveting character study that finds space to discuss relevant matters like media manipulation and proves to be the strongest installment of the series so far.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Considering the pace of the first two films, you would like think that this third instalment would at least try to keep up, but it sadly falls short in almost every regard. Jennifer Lawrence plays the character of Katniss perfectly once again, and the entire cast around her do their very best, but splitting this book into two films was a very obvious mistake, seeing as there are no real stakes here, until the very end, but then you have to wait for the resolution. If they wanted to make this film three hours to get the point across, I would be totally okay with that, but there is a bit too much plot for it's own good. More of a political thriller than a hunger games film, "The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1" feels like the epitome of a cash grab. It is not a bad film in any way, it just feels like an unfinished one, and that is what bothers me. It is a very well-written film for what it is, and there are a few very intense and shocking moments, but they do not make up for the padded out story. I am both extremely excited and scared for the finale, because there is a lot set up in this film and I am not quite sure if they can pull off this conclusion in a two hour film. Overall, It is a well-made set-up but nothing more. I wish it had the same level of depth that the first two films had. I would say that this instalment is a disappointment, but I kind of got exactly what I expected. "The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1" did not sit with me the way I wished it had. It is definitely worth a watch to see where the story is headed, but it does not screaming multiple-viewings like the first two. Entertaining, well-made, but ultimately unsatisfying.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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