The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Francis Lawrence (2014)

117min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In the penultimate instalment of the Hunger Games series there is no Hunger Games. Instead we get a society quivering on the cusp of all-out civil war. The hidden dissidents of Panem's District 13 are preparing to take on the might of the Capitol, with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) the reluctant face of their revolution, while Josh Hutcherson's Peeta is still a pawn of Donald Sutherland's dastardly ruler. This adaptation of the first part of the final novel takes us down a hole, to the underground headquarters of the rebellion led by Julianne Moore. Its predecessors worked better as individual films, with the games providing satisfying narratives within narratives; given this, and the absence of true closure, Part 1 feels like a bridging film. Nevertheless, Jennifer Lawrence delivers complexity and conviction, and director Francis Lawrence is a solid hand at the helm, with matters left excitingly poised for the Part 2 climax. This transitional effort's teething problems aside, it's crammed with well-drawn characters and intelligent ideas, meaning the franchise remains as robust and rule-breaking as its idiosyncratic protagonist.

Summary

Premiere. Katniss Everdeen is brought to a secretive underground society following the destruction of the televised deathmatch. She becomes the figurehead of a revolution against the despotic Panem regime, while her friend Peeta remains a captive of its tyrannical president. Part one of the two-part conclusion to the sci-fi adventure series, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore and Donald Sutherland.

Cast & Crew

Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson
Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth
Haymitch Abernathy Woody Harrelson
Effie Trinket Elizabeth Banks (2)
President Alma Coin Julianne Moore
Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman
Beetee Jeffrey Wright
Caesar Flickerman Stanley Tucci
President Snow Donald Sutherland
Primrose Everdeen Willow Shields
Finnick Odair Sam Claflin
Johanna Mason Jena Malone
Boggs Mahershala Ali
Cressida Natalie Dormer
Antonius Robert Knepper
Pollux Elden Henson
Castor Wes Chatham
Messalla Evan Ross
Egeria Sarita Choudhury
Commander Paylor Patina Miller
Director Francis Lawrence
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Nov 2014
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