The Hunger Games is one of the most popular and successful YA book series adaptions to date, featuring the formidable archer/warrior Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) taking on the corrupt government of Panem in a post-apocalyptic future. Popular with adults and teens alike, the forth (and possibly final) movie in the saga is set to hit theater this November, and anticipation is high for the final installment.
This franchise is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book series of the same name. To mark the five-year anniversary of the final book’s publication (it was published August 24th 2010) a new image of Mockingjay – Part 2 has been released, and it is an ominous sign of the war and violence to come.
The Hunger Games microsite Squad 451 rallied fans to click on the site image of the Capitol, and once they gained enough clicks it displayed quite the tableau. In a scenic shot that has to be of the Capitol, a large stone effigy of President Snow has been smashed to the ground, with Katniss standing atop it. Wearing bright red and her bow and arrow in hand, she looks like a conquering hero. In front of the statute is part of the rebel resistance including her fellow Hunger Games contestants Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), and Finnik (Sam Claflin). All of the rebels are dressed in black and holding weapons.
The theme of all-out war and President Snow’s destruction is present in other promotional images, and makes sense within the arc of the series. Snow’s reign has been identified as the source of Panaem’s troubles and Mockingjay – Part 1 while good, was largely a placeholder movie, laying the groundwork for the ultimate showdown between Katniss and Snow. This image seems to indicate the battle is over, with the Capitol burning behind them. Hopefully, the finale will make build-up to the climactic confrontation worthwhile.
The movie does run the risk of getting caught in the slower political and ethical points of the books, which were longer and occasionally more ponderous than the first two. However, with the exception of a few missteps in Mockingjay Part – 1 the series has done an admirable job streamlining the plots and character arcs, keeping the focus on the action and Katniss. Either way, there will be a huge turnout to watch The Girl On Fire see her revolution through to its violent completion.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens in U.S. theaters on November 20th, 2015.
Source: Squad 451
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