The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Year:
2014
Country:
USA
Genre:
Adventure, Sci-Fi
IMDB rating:
6.8
Director:
Francis Lawrence
Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
Paula Malcomson as Katniss' Mother
Natalie Dormer as Cressida
Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair
Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith
Jena Malone as Johanna Mason
Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee
Jeffrey Wright as Beetee
Donald Sutherland as President Snow
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
Storyline: With the Games destroyed, Katniss Everdeen, along with Gale, Finnick and Beetee, end up in the so thought "destroyed" District 13. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her friends, Katniss becomes the "Mockingjay", the symbol of rebellion for the districts of Panem.
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Reviews
Don't waste your money
If i were you i wouldn't go to the cinema, I've already wasted my money don't waste yours too. The division in two parts is merely commercial, they haven't earned enough money with the first and the second movie (sarcasm). In principle the division could have been a good thing for the scenography, the narration and so on, but they have cut the story in the wrong point. In the end we have a slow and boring movie. In the most of the film there wasn't any action, just one arrow is shot by Katniss through all the movie! And in the majority of the film there was no tension. I didn't like the scenography, i.e. what they have chosen to play. The book is so much better. So, my advise is: Buy the book and read it, Don't Watch this crappy movie!
2014-11-23
Big Disappointment of the Year
I don't know how this movie got 7.5 out of 10 so far but for me its awful. There's not much to be happy about in "Mockingjay," which shouldn't come as a surprise if you've read the book (it's pretty depressing).

Much of the film plays out in District 13, a secret underground bunker revealed in last year's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" that's led by President Coin (Julianne Moore).

Unlike the previous two films, "Mockingjay" doesn't have a whole lot of action. Katniss fires off only one arrow throughout the film from her now iconic bow. The first movie of this year that I kept checking the clock for movie to end . It was so boring , I felt like I just watch 1/4 of the story line . I should have watch Big Hero 6 second time rather than paying to see this movie
2014-11-22
Money hunger games
This is by the most boring movie I've seen this year. The production company just want to squeeze money out of people like me who apparently had nothing to do this Saturday afternoon but to watch a movie that maybe is okay~~ Alright, let me simply tell u why this is complete crap. Story is non- existent. Loop wholes as big as Twilight. Boring emotional scene with lame monologue.I think a law should be passed to forbid producing so many sequels for a single movie. It just make use of people's desire to finish something and the recognition from the first.. Frankly I would rate this movie zero star if I can. Yup, one more thing, Jennifer Lawrence performance was actually OK. But it is obscured by the laughable lines and story telling.
2014-11-22
copy and paste of Battle Royale 2
Abnormally, i'd generally like to experience remade flicks. More so the if i loved the original. I know there are extremely few which equals or excels to the original but it's not a big problem for me 'cause i don't even expect them to. It is to me like a bonus track of a beloved album, no more no less.

So i got no hesitation in checking Hunger Games as well (i was even excited actually) 'cause the original must be in my all-time best 10, but, oh my..

I won't say any more about this XEROX COPY crap. (copied on retarded machine, moreover) Nough said by nough people.

Now one thing i just can't believe is how this could be legal. As far as i've read on internet articles, Suzanne Collins and her people haven't even paid a penny to the original Battle Royale makers for doing this, which means Hunger Games is not an official remake of Battle Royale. Then what the h..! is Hunger Games's identity? Some's gonna say it's JUST BASED ON or INSPIRED thing but you know it's way beyond those kinds. Then what? Sort of Homage thing ? Yea possible, but Suzanne Collins and her company have hardly mentioned about the original on either official ads & reports or non-official comments. Instead, Suzanne Collins's kept saying she's got a bit INSPIRED ONLY and Hunger Games is totally different from Battle Royale 2 or something like that. Besides, more importantly, while shamelessly copying scenes-by-scenes from Battle Royale 2, Suzanne Collins intentionally missed the KEY-POINT of Battle Royale 2's story for his own audiences' taste, for COMMERCIAL PURPOSE in other words. Then how can we call it Homage anyway ? My conclusion is : Hunger Games is not only a copy crap, it's rather A CRIME, LITERALLY. I don't understand why Battle Royale 2 makers let them make money with this stolen thing.

Am i disappointed ? No i'm fine i didn't even expect. I'm just p***ed and upset for this shitmakers' shamelessness that's all.
2015-02-04
disappointed movie
disappointment in the movie catching fire far superior main reasons for low score 1) lack of action 2)restiant leader was hiding most of the time 3) not good acting 4) lack of plot.

1st 45 min was so boring almost walked out

Lots more action in catching fire ,the producers seem to think that hardily any action is required in this final part 1.

Hopefully part 2 will be a lot better ,why this was split into 2 parts is beyond me .

The acting of the main part was mediocre at best

THe one action which Jennifer Lawrence had was the shooting

down of the bomber and that was a short lived action part
2014-11-20
I am disappointed
I am so disappointed of the movie. And that's because there happens close to nothing. At nearly every point you notice it's stretched for making out of one book two movies. At the beginning I liked it, because many parts of the book found their way into the movie. But I realised transferring the story of a book 1:1 into a movie isn't that good.

(NO SPOILER) As an example they need about 5-10 minutes just to go down a staircase, back upwards because "missing" something and down again. And nothing really happens. All the time absolutely no excitement rose in me and I just got bored. And I am pretty sure this should be a part where your heartbeat is meant to been rising.

Sure there are some nice and decent scenes but most of the stuff is just lame. In the book it works but clearly not in the Movie (plus the showdown of the book is missing because of the split).

But at least I enjoyed the screenplay of Josh Hutcherson and Philip Seymour Hoffman, which lifted the Movie "up" to 3 Stars. I hope the last one gets back on the level of the first two movies.
2014-11-19
Lionsgate Continues Along the "RipOff Asian Cinema" Route....
Many have said this before, but I'm afraid I have to repeat the opinion on the account that a surprising many have decided that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is worth of anything more than 1 star in IMDb. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is a unscrupulous photocopy of the masterpiece Battle Royale 2: Revenge, and should be avoided, if not boycotted.

Some will claim that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is a 'tribute' or a 'remake' of the Battle Royale 2: Revenge story. To them I ask one question: "What kind of filmmakers make remakes of a movie when the original came out four years ago and has been selling DVDs very well internationally?" It seems that this particular brand of US cinema has decided that it is quite content making money off of other people idea for free. And though it is impossible for the original filmmakers to sue the filmmakers of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (on the account that American copyright laws does not allow for such suit), The entire Hunger Games thing should be remembered as a true stain on the development of American Cinema.

Because it has photocopied a great movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 avoids being an absolute terror of a movie. However, this does not excuse Francis Lawrence's and the section of 'Hollywood' that has involved itself in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1's production. Because of the blatant plagiarism, and the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1's makers absolutely refusing to apologize and reimburse the original filmmakers, I must say The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 deserves 1 star, if not 0.
2014-12-11
Simply Horrible and Unnecessary
I like many could not wait for this movie to come out, be of a big fan of the first two. But this two hour snooze fest was utterly worthless and purposeless. God I wish there something good to be said about this movie, because lord knows it's a damn good story and features a great cast. But this is Hollywood greed and short sightedness at it's absolute worst. They took one book and attempted to split it into two films, essentially taking one or two minor plot points and stretching them out over two unenjoyable grueling hours. If you have NOT seen this film yet do yourself a favor and wait for it to show up on cable for free AND for you to be terribly ill and perhaps half out of it on medication, for you'll need to be to be in order to endure this plot less plodding mess of a film. Simply out there is no movie here. Just a lot of better than fine actors walking around doing nothing. It's that bad. Words cannot do justice to what a snoozer piece of crap this waste of good money is. Let us hope they deliver more in Part two. For it certainly is NOT a lack of a good story that's the problem here.
2014-11-28
Is there such thing as a set-up movie?
I had never heard the term "set-up movie" before today. There has definitely been a trend of splitting up a story into multiple movies. These movies don't have a beginning-middle-end the same way other movies do but at the very least there's some progress.

The problem with the Mockingjay Pt 1 is not that it's boring or poorly made. In fact, there is a lot of excitement in this movie. The problem is that from beginning to end there is hardly anything that changes. If you look at where the characters are in the beginning and where they are in the end there isn't much that's changed except for what happens in the very end. Katniss has been doing things but we haven't seen much of the effects of her actions.

I didn't dislike this movie that much despite it's slow beginning. I just can't give this my seal of approval when I left the theater feeling like I saw half a movie. By the time the story gets its payoff my memory of this movie will be worn-off.
2014-11-21
Sadly, this doesn't feel like a complete film at all - but it offers a surprisingly realistic portrayal of a totalitarian society on the brink of an all-out civil war
It appears I'm in a minority here, because I actually liked 'Mockingjay: Part 1'. Now bear with me for a moment before you rip this review to shreds and please at least hear (or read) me out.

I do absolutely acknowledge that unlike the two previous films, 'Mockingjay: Part 1' doesn't feel like a complete film; it is practically all build-up and doesn't have a proper ending, and I agree that splitting the last book into two films was an inherently stupid, purely greed-driven decision by the studio. Also, due to that idiotic split of the last chapter, the film is largely deprived of the action/adventure elements that so many fans loved in the first two films, which must be especially disappointing to non-book-readers who didn't expect such a drastic change in tone. But if we ignore its most obvious flaws for a moment, the film has actually quite a few things going for it.

For instance, it offers a surprisingly realistic portrayal of a totalitarian society on the brink of an all-out civil war, and unlike other Hollywood adaptations of such tales, it dares to put the emphasis on the human drama instead of the special effects. And it remains faithful to the book: it would have been fairly easy to invent a couple of heroic battle scenes to amp up the spectacle (Hollywood is notorious for such disregard of source material - and such disregard for the fans), and I must say I appreciated the film precisely because of its NOT solely action-driven narrative.

But the most impressive aspect about 'Mockingjay: Part 1' is how layered it actually is. This is not the good-against-evil story of the first two films anymore: this is a really smart study on how propaganda works and how one fascist system is about to be replaced - albeit with the best intentions - by another. This kind of moral ambiguity (and again: faithfulness to the novel) is not what we usually get in blockbusters aimed at teenagers, and for that alone the film deserves some credit.

Also, what the film does masterfully, is showing how Katniss transforms upon the devastating realization that she has helped - or has been instrumentalised - to set a process in motion that she can neither stop nor control, a process which has already led to a terrible loss of human life for which she now feels responsible. She is torn apart by inner conflict because her hate for Snow and everything he stands for is bigger than ever - yet at same time, it begins to dawn on her that the leaders of the rebellion employ methods which don't seem to be all that different. The lines between what is morally acceptable and what is not start to blur. A very wise person once said: "War makes fascists of us all" - I believe 'Mockingjay: Part 1' does an excellent job at getting that point across.

Unlike in most popcorn movies, there are no mere black and white characters here (well, except maybe for Snow); instead, we get a story that - for once - hasn't been dumbed down and functions as a sincere exploration of an escalating civil war that threatens to consume everyone. And unlike most YA adaptations, the film doesn't shy away from showing what that means: the audience is left in no doubt about the human toll this revolution will take in the end.

Maybe the current situation in countries like Syria after the initially peaceful revolution that was the Arab Spring made this film resonate more with me than it should have, but I was surprised at how un- Hollywood-like this was done. And I can't stress this enough: Jennifer Lawrence MAKES this film; the whole franchise, really. The emotional intensity she brings to Katniss feels so real; it's the kind of performance that, in this kind of film, sadly often gets overlooked, but I sincerely doubt a better Katniss could ever have been found.

So my final verdict on the film: 'Mockingjay: Part 1' offers intelligent entertainment that doesn't solely rely on special effects and one mindless action scene after another. It's a fitting continuation of Katniss' journey, but - and that is the one serious downside to this film - it doesn't lead that journey to its logical conclusion. That the studio wants you to pay once more to see how the journey ends may be understandable from a financial standpoint, but it is a major flaw in the storytelling of an otherwise very good film. Likewise, the final chapter in the series (Mockingjay: Part 2) will likely suffer from having to do without all the dramatic build-up that Part 1 offers.

Still, there is a lot to like in this film and it is far from the boring mess so many reviews made it out to be: 7 stars out of 10.

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