If You Love ‘The Hunger Games,’ The ‘Mockingjay’ Trailer Will Destroy You

By  · Published on September 16th, 2014

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Near the opening of the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss points out that she didn’t set out to cause massive social disruption; she only wanted to protect her little sister from certain death at the hand’s of an oppressive regime. It’s an excellent thematic introduction to a penultimate series entry that should radically change what the franchise is all about. What she did by volunteering was intimate and fiercely personal, but it resonated in a way that opened everyone else’s eyes. When one person stands up, the question is why everyone else isn’t on their feet.

Donald Sutherland’s President Snow responds with a poetic zen koan about the things we love killing us. Undoubtedly, he loves power, so we’ll see how that all works out for him.

Before you watch the trailer, a fair warning: it shows how one character has significantly changed – altering the lines in the sand and blurring what everyone is fighting for. For some, it’ll be more interesting to watch the transition in the film itself, but, if you need a shot of confident adrenaline to get you going and don’t mind the information, this should do it.

Powerful stuff. The only cringeworthy moment is that line about finding another Mockingjay. Isn’t that like saying, “get yourself another savior”? Chosen Ones really shouldn’t use their Chosen One status as leverage that way.

However, everything else looks fantastic, and planes get shot down by arrows, so it’s difficult to fault this first real look that much.

The Hunger Games: Mockingkay is in theaters November 21st.

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