Movie Review: Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Summary

After being rescued from the destroyed arena in the 75th Hunger Games, tributes Katniss Everdeen, Beetee, and Finnick Odair are taken to District 13, a below-ground district isolated from Panem that has been spearheading the rebellion. Katniss is reunited with her mother and sister Prim and is introduced to President Alma Coin, the rebel leader. Katniss is told that her arrow destroying the forcefield led to riots in over half the districts, joining District 13 in the rebellion, which caused Snow to bomb District 12 in retaliation. Coin asks her to become the “Mockingjay”—a symbol of the rebellion—as part of a “hearts and minds” strategy. Katniss reluctantly agrees after seeing Peeta being manipulated on state television to quell the rebellion. She visits the ruins of District 12, her old house somehow untouched with white roses from President Snow inside.

Katniss meets her film team and is given Effie Trinket as a stylist and close friend, Gale, as a bodyguard. They go to District 8 where Katniss is filmed being saluted by dozens of wounded civilians at a hospital; Snow, seeing the footage, orders an airstrike at the hospital, killing everyone inside. The crew films Katniss and Gale shooting down two Capitol hovercraft and Katniss’ rage-filled threat: “If we burn, you burn with us.” Afterwards, loggers in District 7 revolt, shouting the same phrase and killing Peacekeepers.

Katniss and her team travel to District 12. Katniss is filmed singing “The Hanging Tree.” Hundreds of protesters in District 5, singing the same anthem, launch a suicidal human wave attackagainst a hydroelectric dam that is the Capitol’s primary source of electricity. The attack knocks out power, forcing the Capitol to revert to secondary generators. That night, Katniss watches Peeta being interviewed by Caesar Flickerman, the Games’ former presenter, when Coin and Beetee hijack the signal to air a clip of Katniss. After seeing it, Peeta suddenly shouts a warning that the Capitol is about to attack District 13. Coin orders a mass evacuation into deep, underground shelters, and the facility survives the attack. Upon emerging, Katniss discovers the area littered with white roses; she concludes that Snow orchestrated this to inform her that whenever she condemns the Capitol, they’ll torture Peeta in retaliation.

Coin dispatches an elite special-forces team to rescue Peeta and remaining victors Johanna Mason, Enobaria, and Annie Cresta from their prison. Beetee hijacks the Capitol’s defense system with a “propo” narrated by Finnick to convince more districts to side with the rebellion; when this proves not to be enough, Katniss communicates directly with Snow as a further distraction to buy enough time. Gale’s team rescues the victors and escapes the Capitol easily, indicating the Capitol reduced its security on purpose. When Katniss greets Peeta, he unexpectedly attacks and strangles her into unconsciousness before being knocked out by Boggs.

Katniss wakes up and is informed that Peeta has been “hijacked”—brainwashed into trying to kill her, which explains why the Capitol allowed them to escape with him. Peeta is placed in solitary confinement, while a serum is developed to reverse the hijacking effects.

Coin announces that the rebels’ next objective is the Capitol’s principal military stronghold in District 2—now the only district remaining loyal to the Capitol.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This film continues on the story of Katniss, Peeta and the revolution. It vary much mimics what is happening today in the USA. Great and powerful film.

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