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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 sets up the franchise finale with a penultimate chapter loaded with solid performances and smart political subtext, though it comes up short on the action front.

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The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. (c) Lionsgate

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Cast

Jennifer Lawrence
as Katniss Everdeen
Liam Hemsworth
as Gale Hawthorne
Josh Hutcherson
as Peeta Mellark
Julianne Moore
as President Alma Coin
Sam Claflin
as Finnick
Donald Sutherland
as President Snow
Woody Harrelson
as Haymitch Abernathy
Lily Rabe
as Commander Lyme
Elizabeth Banks
as Effie Trinket
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Plutarch Heavensbee
Stanley Tucci
as Caesar Flickerman
Jena Malone
as Johanna Mason
Willow Shields
as Primrose Everdeen
Paula Malcomson
as Katniss' Mother
Evan Ross
as Messalla
Stef Dawson
as Annie Cresta
Patina Miller
as Commander Paylor
Caitlin Fowler
as D8 Another Patient
Jada Taylor
as D8 Female Patient
Nicholas Pryor
as D8 Male Patient
Donna Biscoe
as D8 Old Woman
Erika Bierman
as Snow's Granddaughter
Jenique Bennett
as Rescue Hovercraft Pilot
Rus Blackwell
as D13 Systems Operator
Stevie Ray Dallimore
as D13 Systems Operator #2
Breann Couch
as D13 Systems Operator #3
Jordan Woods-Robinson
as Snow's Stylist #1
Jackson Mizell
as Bunker Door Security
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

All Critics (302) | Top Critics (78)

The meat of this franchise seems more in line with Edward Bernays than any fantasy or sci-fi author. This latest edition takes public relations to its bloodiest extreme.

October 18, 2018 | Full Review…

This is certainly a film adults can get into. The explosions, propaganda techniques, and unrest are a reminder of a history not entirely out of reach; a world and society all too realistic. for many living today.

April 12, 2017 | Full Review…

It may be the franchise's third movie, but it plays like its 'Empire Strikes Back.'

June 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Mockingjay, Part 1 might be the least of the films so far, but in dissecting the typical blockbuster film, it's staying true to that spirit.

November 16, 2015 | Full Review…

A solid lead-up to the finale.

December 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

In the excitable world of dystopian fantasy, the series remains the best of the bunch.

November 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

First and foremost I'm disagreeing with about a quarter of critics who said this movie lacks action etc. This movie was never about action sequences in fact its a movie about propaganda and the manipulation of the media. In fact this serves as a social commentary on our own society and how mass media influences our chain of thought and decision making. The second issue that critics are having is that once again this last book has been split into two movies. While yes it may be for an extra money grab, at the same time this movie in my opinion works more effectively than that of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Breaking Dawn Part 1, in the fact that the events in this movie will lead to the revolution and war in Part 2. Moving on for those that think Jennifer Lawrence might be overrated as an actress I one suggest watching Winter's Bone and two she proves she is not overrated in this movie delivering a knockout performance as Katniss Everdeen and her PTSD scenes handled with amazing strength. The rest of the cast is also stellar with new additions such as Natalie Dormer as Cressida and Julianne Moore as President Coin proving capable in their roles. The revolution has begun and is televised.

Jarrad Climpson
Jarrad Climpson

Super Reviewer

Monkingjay Part 1 seems to be a placeholder for the final movie. It is OK; Katniss is still saving the day, and President Snow is still that bad guy, but this movie seems to fall short on content.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Leaving aside the action that was so present in the previous films to invest more in the characters, this third chapter is a grim, intelligent and riveting character study that finds space to discuss relevant matters like media manipulation and proves to be the strongest installment of the series so far.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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