In less than a month, the final chapter of of The Hunger Games saga will begin, and a little over a year from now it will end. Mockingjay – Part 1 bows in theaters in a couple  of weeks, but you can buy tickets for the film today. You know what else that’s available today? A new promo clip for the film! For those of you, who saw one or both of the previous Hunger Games segments, but were unimpressed with the format, then you should know that Mockingjay blows things up both actually and stylistically by following the all-out civil war between the citizens of the various districts of Panem and the Capitol that rules them all under jack boots and iron fists. The “Hell yeah!” moment of this clip features our heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) with a very special message for the Capitol’s villain-in-chief, President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Some of the stuff in this clip rehashes what we’ve seen before in previous trailers: Katniss returns to District 12 to see the destruction wrought at Snow’s command for her defiance, while rebel gamesmaster Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) and District 13 President Alma Coin (franchise newcomer Julianne Moore) talk about whether Katniss is up for the job to play her part in the war. In the heat of battle though, it turns out the answer is a very resounding yes as Katniss tells Snow that, “If we burn, you burn with us!” Let’s roll the clip:

It will be interesting to see how the book is expanded to cover two films. “Burn” makes it appear that the first film in the two-parter will focus on the opening shots of the war between Panem and its districts as they struggle to overturn the oppressive regime of President Snow while Katniss struggles to accept her new role as a propaganda tool, even as she fears for her fellow Hunger Games competitors – especially Peeta Meelark (Josh Hutcherson) – who are prisoners of the Capitol.

The Mockingjay book goes deeper into the politics and the fog of war, and by the time you come out on the other side, you’re not entirely sure who the bad guys and who the good guys are. Making the film version two movies should allow director Francis Lawrence to give time and space to those themes and develop them to the fullest, and co-screenwriter Danny Strong, who wrote the real-life inspired political movies Recount and Game Change, should have the right disposition to exploit those themes completely in the script.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is in theaters everywhere November 21.

Poll question: Is Gale’s crossbow gun in the picture above a great homage to Chewbacca, or a terrible rip-off on the Wookie? You decide.

Source: Cinema Blend

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