‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Viral Teaser #2: The Mockingjay Lives

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The Hunger Games series has always had a pronounced sociopolitical subtext to its sci-fi dystopia storyline (some might say it’s pretty much “text” rather than “subtext”), so it’s appropriate that viral marketing for the upcoming Mockingjay – Part 1 has taken on the form of political propaganda churned out by The Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland), as part of a larger effort to stop the rebellion spreading throughout the nation of Panem.

In a newly-released second viral teaser, however, the forces behind said revolution gain the upper-hand on Snow and manage to hijack his latest broadcast, in order to serve their own purposes instead. No doubt, fans of the Hunger Games franchise will immediately recognize Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), who made his onscreen debut in last year’s installment, Catching Fire, as the representative for the resistance based in the mysterious District 13 - and thus, better appreciate his message of “The Mockingjay Lives.”

Like in the first teaser, Snow is flanked by Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) – captured by the Capitol’s forces at the end of the Quarter Quell in Catching Fire – but here, the pair are also joined by Peeta’s fellow captive, Johanna Mason (Jena Malone). While Johanna is doing a better job of keeping her rage in check than the last time she was on Capitol TV, you can see the cracks starting to form in her facade, even in the short amount of time that she’s onscreen here.

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Catching Fire added several great characters (like Beetee and Johanna) brought to life by great actors to the mix, and the two Mockingjay films will up the ante even further, in that regard. Cast newcomers in the two-part Hunger Games finale include Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore as Alma Coin, along with Natalie Dormer and her Game of Thrones costar Gwendoline Christie, playing Cressida and Commander Lyme, respectively – key figures in the revolution against the Capitol, which our protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) gets swept up into.

Meanwhile, returning behind the camera is Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence; after delivering a Hunger Games movie that was a notable improvement on the original installment, the hope is that Lawrence will be able to complete this saga in top form. If all goes well, both Mockingjay movies could even wind up being better received than the source novel by Suzanne Collins (generally perceived as being the weakest in her Hunger Games book trilogy).

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in U.S. theaters on November 21st, 2014.

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  1. I hope that these two movies fix the issues with the last book. For those of you who don’t know, the last book can be summarized this way:

    1. Lay in hospital while pining over male character
    2. Go to photo op
    3. Get hurt doing something heroic/stupid
    4. REPEAT

    I am betting (hoping) that they are correcting this issue, since they broke this movie up over two movies.

  2. I remember the last book differently, yes, she spends a little time in the hospital recovering, but the focus of the book is the battle for the Capital. You make the book sound boring.

    And after seeing this new video, I didn’t think it was all the compelling, and then an involuntary shudder ran down my spine, so I guess the film-makers nailed it.

    • Umm… the book was boring

    • actually the issue with the last book is that 1. it had very little focus…from SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!! katniss being used as a symbol to peter brainwashed??? to katniss choosing between her two BF tooo actuall mounting and attack…then every one getting killed and at last the battle of the capitol at which point no one knew what was going on! to much randomness very little focus my friend

      • Agreed.

  3. These teasers keep freaking me out in a good way! I am getting so pumped up for this movie.

    And when it comes to the last book…I wouldn’t exactly say it was ‘bad’, but there are a lot of things that they now have the chance to fix!

    • I agree!! The scenes in the sewer have the potential to be incredible. That part in the book was pretty confusing, you couldn’t get a sense of where they characters were and then they randomly starting dying left and right. I hope they give my boy

      SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





      I hope they give my boy Finnick a better sendoff then in the book how he just got offed by a random lizard mutt. He should go down fighting or sacrifice himself to save them all or something. But make it DARK!! I was freaked out when I was reading it cuz it sounded like everybody was going to die. They should make the film just like that, make it feel really desperate.

      • Yeah, the scene in the sewers was epic, and I hope they milk it for everything their worth.

      • That scene with Finnick is one I really hope they fix!

        SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!!!!
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        I am really excited (and nervous at the same time) to see the scene when they rescue Peeta and he attacks Katniss! That part made me so emotional. Also, I really hope they show us HOW exactly they rescued him and Johanna. That would be awesome.

        Where do you think they will cut the first movie off? My guess is right when Haymich says “We are going to rescue Peeta” and then he drugs her so she does not freak out. OR right after Peeta grabs her around the neck it like goes black and people start freaking out. Both are great cliffhangers either way :)

      • Realistically, Finnick’s death was perfect and made a lot of sense. And he did go down fighting, he did try to fight. You’re wanting his death to be something cheesy and Hollywood like, and that just destroys the point of his death. It’s meant to represent that in war, nobody wins. People will die, even if it’s pointless.

    • “Chance to fix,” Kara, I really like your positive outlook. I’ll have to remember that next time I screw up at work.

      Even though I like their video spots featuring President Snow, I think the studio should be doing a whole lot more of these things to keep the audience primed. I know we have a few months, but come on, where’s the Marketing Department!?!

      • You know they are only doing it because they want us to feel that way! lol They want us to see these and be like ‘OMG where is the actual movie footage!’

        I just hope they do not hype it up to much and then the movie not be what we are all hoping for.

  4. MILD SPOILER AHEAD, MILD SPOILER AHEAD.


    Personnally, I’m anxious to see the part where the black acid-like ooze floods the entire alley where they tought they were just suppose to do a simple suburban area exercise. That scene, if made as in the books, could freak people out. :)

  5. I’m not reading anything from anyone who are talking about events from the book… No spoilers please. I just want to say, I really hope Johanna lives, I kind of love her from the last movie, lol.

  6. My problem with the books was the first person perspective. Too many events took place away from Katniss so their was no description.
    And the first movie was boring to me. I couldn’t stand it.
    But Catching Fire was badass! Caught off guard, I really enjoyed it. So now, completely humbled, im happily looking forward to Mockingjay!

    • I think the Catching Fire director was just better. The first one to me was not horrible, but I can see why you did not like it! It was slow, and at some parts, for people who did not read the book, it was massively confusing.

      • I was doing some research to dispute your comments on the different directors but I couldn’t come up with anything. You’re right, Lawrence was just a better director than Gary Ross, even though I hated “I Am Legend”. Or maybe that was just Will Smith. I’m hoping that Suzanne Collins will write some more books after a hiatus, picking up the story about the other characters other than Katniss.

        • I would like to see more of the world but at a different point in time, just like what they are doing for the world of Harry Potter! Maybe when some of the other main characters were in the hunger games. Like Finnick, Haymich and Johanna!

  7. That’s a good idea. You should write Suzanne Collins with that point. I’d like to see more of everything, especially the other districts. I want more time with Prim, and Gale. And I really hope they find a way to save Prim in the movie. The scene in the book was heartbreaking.