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The Hunger Games 3 - Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

The Hunger Games - Mockingjay  - Part 1 (2014)

I don't remember how many parts of The Hunger Games I've watched so far. I remember how it started, but not everything that happened after that. I recall the games, how the dome fell down, and then... they were picked up by a rebel force? That must have happened, because all of a sudden they're at a rebel base. There's a president. There are old foes and friends gathered around, but there have been sacrifices as well.

Katniss was saved by the opposition, but Peeta was taken in by the capital. The rebels are fighting for their cause, for a free world, for the games to end. Katniss becomes a symbol of their freedom, an intentional symbol, used to move the revolution onward. At times the story feels a bit superficial, unreal, but at times it's captivating. I'm enjoying the post-apocalyptic sceneries and underground bunkers as much as the modern technology, and the occasional glimpse of a forest. And yet, this doesn't feel like a movie I'll remember that much.

It has it moments, like the dam rush. That was one inspiring moment. It has great actors. It has a tale of revolution and new world order, and yet it focuses more on the fragile relations between people. It's more drama than action, and though I enjoyed it, I can't say I'm particularly amazed or emotionally moved. All the same, I'm looking forward to the sequel!

 rated 3/5: not bad

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  1. S3C
    Saturday Jul/28/2018

    man this volume was a disappointment! slow and boring! where is the good acting and intensity?? did they get a new director and screenplay writer? could they not afford a composer to score the first 45 minutes of the film? yeah, there is more differences and deviations from the previous two Hunger Games as desired...but the movie turned into the Waiting Games. Sparse action sequences (Catniss only fired her bow once wtf); but an abundance of superficial speeches and bland dialogue. And yes, there are good moments and good visuals (I liked the scene where the hovercraft entered the giant capital building), and while the ending veers from a predictable cliche, this film just scratches a 3/5 from me. Seems like an obvious financial decision to split the MockingJay into two parts, and while I haven't seen the finale- they could have killed two birds with one stone and condensed what they put out here into one big flick to end the trilogy.

  2. Cyber
    Tuesday Aug/7/2018

    Director... is the same apparently. Different writers though. That could definitely make a difference.

    Hah, yeah, we're waiting through the trilogy at this point. I do wonder if the choice to make it two movies instead of the one was solely financial, or if this is how the books are at this point, with excessive speech and such; less action leading up to the finale. Do agree.



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