Mockingjay

Enduring trilogy is continued with part one of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

Mockingjay

Murray Close

Rubble and decaying bodies line the streets formerly known District 12. Crumbling structures remain, but there’s no life to speak of. The war has begun and the rebels are looking for their Mockingjay.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” the finale to the trilogy, premiered on Nov. 21. With the deterioration of the districts as the Capitol remains in luxury, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and various friends, allies, and district-less citizens fight for survival.

Triumphant tributes, Katniss and Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), strive to survive with taunted hearts in the underground limits of District 13, which was once thought to have been demolished by President Snow (Donald Southerland).

After the arena was destroyed by Katniss’s arrow in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” her family and friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), managed to escape the advancing fate of District 12 to join her in hiding. Distressed Katniss pulls herself together to become the “radicals” Mockingjay, but the effects of Snow get to her.

The Capitol has taken Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) into custody, leaving him vulnerable to tortuous acts and threats in attempts to stop the Mockingjay and rid her of her followers.

With their Mockingjay on hand, the rebels begin to carry out destructive advances on the Capitol such as escaping Snow’s police by climbing trees and exploding the walls surrounding the Capitol, taking away their power and source of protection.

As the film continues, more secrets are revealed and the battle gets tougher for everyone. The back and forth conflicts between the Districts and Capitol become deadlier, with innocent lives being taken through live executions and attacks from unexpected weapons.

Despite “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” being a very entertaining film, critics of Rotten Tomatoes believe it doesn’t quite compete with the other two movies. Many fans who have read the book say, although boring, it gave more description than the movie.

“After watching ‘Mockingjay,’ I felt like once was plenty satisfying,” sophomore Melinda Kamil said. “Being a part of the ‘Hunger Games’ series, I expected more action.”

Though given a 7.2 out of 10 by IMDb, the film grossed over $120 million opening weekend in the United States.

“At AMC we had to open all of the concessions when usually we only have the front ones opened,” senior Antonetta Berisic said. “There were various age groups, since it’s a good movie for younger and older ages. It was all very intense.”

Other students did enjoy the movie, saying it was exciting and a perfect way to lay down the tracks for part two, which will come out in Nov. 2015.

“The movie brought the pages of the book to life,” junior Sara Baum said. “It showed the true emotions of Katniss and the insanity of Peeta.”

The adventure stretches out into this on-edge film, keeping viewers interested until the end. Whether you’re a fan or not, it is hard to hate this film. Even if it is lacking a certain amount of thrill, the movie is truly dynamic.