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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] [Includes Digital Copy] [2014]

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
    The Hunger Games saga continues in this sequel that finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) faced with a decision that could sway the fate of a nation. In the wake of the Quarter Quell, the Hunger Games have been changed forever, and Katniss ends up in District 13. Her courage having inspired a nation, the brave young heroine heeds the advice of her friends, and sets out to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Meanwhile, Katniss' fragile alliance with President Coin (Julianne Moore) could lead to disaster. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Liam Hemsworth
      Liam Hemsworth - Gale Hawthorne
    • Josh Hutcherson
      Josh Hutcherson - Peeta Mellark
    • Julianne Moore
      Julianne Moore - President Alma Coin
    • Sam Claflin
      Sam Claflin - Finnick
    • Donald Sutherland
      Donald Sutherland - President Snow



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The girl who volunteered in place of her sister,

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      Ctron84
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      I read the Hunger Games series again from start to finish over the summer, and I gotta say I really have developed an even stronger admiration for the series. The same can be said for the two previous movies: The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games Catching Fire respectively. And one of my most anticipated movies of 2014 was none other than Mockingjay Part 1. Time has passed since Katniss sent her arrow flying into the base of the arena in the 75th Hunger Games. And Katniss is not quite the same person she was. Peeta is a captive of the Capitol, her home District 12 is in ruins, and an offer has been proposed for her to become the new leader, a template to show the President Snow and the Capitol that she is in fact The Mockingjay. 3 is the number that sometimes doesn't work for a movie trilogy but thankfully for The Hunger Games movies, Mockingjay Part 1 DOES. Starting first with Jennifer Lawrence, she once again shines in her role as Katniss; she definitely fulfills the necessary emotions of fear, depression, and resilience throughout the course of the movie. And she does harmonize the "Hanging Tree" tune very beautifully. Liam Hemsworth does well in the movie as Gale; going to extreme lengths to keep Katniss happy. This time around, Finnick is a man who has lost something so precious to his heart, and Sam Claflin nails it. Josh Hutcherson definitely deserves attention for his role as Peeta in Mockingjay Part 1. He is being tortured and made to tell Katniss and the Districts that no one is safe. And Peeta is assuredly NOT the same boy from the past two movies. Woody Harrelson returns as Haymitch and does a good job. Elizabeth Banks plays Effie Trinkett and does really well, even without all her makeup. And Donald Sutherland's role as President Snow is a lot more effective. He is wicked and determined to destroy Katniss and her Mockingjay image and strip any thought/symbol of hope that people in the districts may have. Julianne Moore plays President Coin and Phillip Seymour Hoffman returns as Plutarch. Characters like Boggs and Cressida were cast well as Mahershala Ali and Natalie Dormer prove in the movie. More importantly, the whole of the cast led by the direction of Francis Lawrence did great. Much like The Hunger Games Catching Fire, I Really appreciate the way the writers were able to script the movie with some things that were in the novel, while also adding a few other pieces to it. The themes in this movie, especially with the whole political conflict and fight for justice/freedom feel relevant to our times. And if anyone were to ask me if I was ready for the 2nd part of this finale I would most certainly say YES I AM. I had sheer enjoyment watching Mockingjay Part 1 today, and while you wait for Part 2 to release, my final words would be GO SEE Mockingjay Part 1. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Loved it

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      swordofthemorning
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      I read Hunger Games recently, "eh, fast read". It was, but it was compelling, as was Catching Fire and then Mockingjay. The three movies have been excellent. The visuals of "the Capitol", and the "girl on fire" scenes added greatly to the value of the overall series, plus Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect Katniss. But the casting throughout has been fantastic, the actors have been able to completely embody the characters and the difficult times of this dystopian society. But, as I have said before, Suzanne Collins did not write a "reality show". She created Panem, an unkind and unhappy existence for the majority of its citizens, an UNTHINKABLE custom which was imposed upon the lower districts, said districts seething in silent rebellion, and finally all out rebellion and in Mockingjay, WAR. If one desires to see a simple action movie, there are plenty to choose from, and I like action films..... But Collins did much more with her series. She showed the toll taken on the everyday lives of the citizens, but most especially the toll exacted from the Tributes of the Hunger Games. Remember when Good old President Snow announced the "Quarter Quell". Not funny, not challenging, no way, nothing but HORROR, panic, and tears for those who had to return to the arena. This is why Effie Trinket becomes a beloved character, she begins as the worst kind of shallow painted doll and grows into a person with a HEART. I read that her character continues in the movies when she did not in the books because she is such a favorite. But the Tributes are never allowed to find any recovery from the initial PTSD. That struggle is REAL and well played. Katniss cannot "act" at being the Mockingjay. (actually those scenes give one an appreciation for how difficult "green screen" acting must be at times)... She becomes the Mockingjay when she sees that she MUST. For Prim, for Rue, for all the kids who have died and those the Capitol so easily kills... (hospital scene)...And yet the Mockingjay is still a seventeen year old girl. Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss flawlessly, one minute shooting at jets and the next waking screaming from nightmares. Yes, it might have been nice to see it all in one film, but the third book is very dark and three or over three hours would have been a lot to take. Yes, we hate to wait a year, but read the books again. WAR SUCKS, no matter the freedoms gained or the nobility in gaining them, or the fame of becoming a hero. WAR SUCKS and it damages people. Only Love helps. If one just craves action and noise, go see a Transformer movie. If one wants to be challenged and have something to ponder, this series delivers at every call. I think my favorite scenes are those crowds kissing the left three fingers and holding them aloft in silence. GOOD Good human stuff.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not better then the other two but worth watching

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      Eddiestar
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      First off, this is part of a series. If you haven't seen the previous films (or read the books) you will be hopelessly lost. There is no flashback to bring you up to date. This film picks up where the last one leaves off. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is recruited to be the face of the rebellion. She is reluctant until it becomes personal. Happy content people don't pick fights. The film consists of a propaganda war between Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and the government and Katniss and the rebels/terrorists/anarchists/freedom fighters. It finishes on an up note...sort of. The film delves into the problems of a rebellion and the need for a war of words to convince hearts and minds. In many ways I like this film more than the previous ones, especially the second one which was just a filler film to get us to the rebellion. I think of the second film as "Star Wars Episode 2" but less annoying. My apologies to the president of the Jar Jar Binks fan club. In this film, I now see why Jennifer Lawrence was needed for the series as she transforms from reality TV star to a person who runs a gauntlet of emotions: fear, despair, terror, panic, hopelessness, and pretending she can't act. Clearly she nailed it as only she can. The film had a number of memorable lines: "My sister gets to keep her cat." was great. It demonstrates that the rebellion is about her personal life and that it takes priority over any cause...for better or worse. "Best dressed rebel in history." Shows some mindless priorities. "Prepare to pay the ultimate price." And with sadly Philip Seymour Hoffman says, "Anyone can be replaced." Katniss takes a bow to a gun fight. It makes for good fiction, but seriously? If you have seen the other two, you are going to watch this one too.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      When was the last time Katniss really moved you?

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      drtb75
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      The first half of the third Hunger Games book is most certainly less action-packed than the previous movies. This of course is a necessary part of thoroughly telling the story. There is just enough action so that you don't get too bored. It's difficult to review just this one film without also dealing with the whole franchise. The role of President Snow is really played best by Donald Sutherland in this film, even more so than the last film. In the first 2 films most of his screen time was in the form of public appearances and so left little room for the actor's biggest strengths. Those strengths were brought to the forefront with this film. I am glad the role of Plutarch HavensbeeI, played by Philip Seymore Hoffman was completed prior to his loss. His role in the story line was greatly needed; was slightly disappointed that he wasn't more involved; as we has an incedible actor. Lawrence's performance was done well. Her character is somewhat traumatized and confused by the events at the end of Catching Fire. And here in this film her character is being used again, this time but district 13 and President Coin. The character deals with her situation in a way that we have come to expect which is fine because it is what we want from her. Although it may at times feel like a trailer for Mocking Jay in itself, or almost like a reality show, the story still progresses. Which is why I would actually only give this movie a 4.5 out of 5, but I can only do a 4 or 5, so it's a 5. The creators found a very suitable stopping point for this film, that leaves you satisfied with taking a break. That break however will be just long enough to get us all ready to go back to the theater this coming fall to see the conclusion to this epic story.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

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      aarondr
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      My final thoughts are more reserved for when the series ends. My wife has read the books and says this stays mostly true while hitting the high notes. At first I thought extending the trilogy to 4 movies was a money grab, but indeed my wife assured me that there is a lot going on in the 3rd book and the pacing is appropriate. At some point I felt as though the movie was settling into almost a TV show style cliffhangers - but who can blame Hollywood for copying TV these days (at least TV is doing it right lately). Jennifer Lawrence does a good job of playing the everyman - and does a convincing job of the insincerity we all might experience during the commercial shoot. I felt that was the most humanizing part of the movie for me. Outside that she goes back to her super hero feel though. Also - anyone really ever try to shoot an arrow at an aircraft? At the speeds and altitude involved I found that unbelievable. At this point, the plotlines start to become a bit more predictable, and the twist at the end of the movie was spoiled for me by my wife's synopsis given to be back when the first movie was released (spoilers don't bother me). The films quality is outstanding. Audio is great as well. I would expect both to be from a recent Blu-ray release though. The packaging is amazing, and blends well with the steelbooks of previous releases. Now hurry up and get the last movie out!

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      This is definitely a Part I of the whole story!

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      Mistgreen2
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      This episode had more to do with going through the stages of grief and "mental reset" than the typical high action movement of the previous episodes. It sets the stage for the next episode which I hope has more action than this one. I understand that some story lines involve more "set the stage" time before the full event unfolds and because of such, the movie runs long and ends up being cut into two segments; however this can also spell the death of high attendance at the next major motion picture debut if the "Part I" loses the audience because it doesn't live up to their expectations and they feel that they wasted the cost of movie ticket. That said, the movie still rated 3 stars although barely. I'm glad I bought a discounted DVD rather than going to the movies on this one. It took me about 15 minutes into the movie to even make the transition from the previous movie episode to where this one began. I also felt that this episode did not reflect the personality of the Katniss we grew to love in the previous episodes. It did however, provide a certain level of entertainment so it wasn't a complete washout. I'll still buy the next episode when it comes out...unless it hits the rental boxes first!

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not all that I was hoping for

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      jasvanek
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      Don't misunderstand me, I enjoyed the movie. I've enjoyed the whole series. But of the four this one seems to bring up more questions than it answers. Sure I know the characters, but I don't really get why some of the plot points are there. Even on a couple of occasions I wasn't sure where the story was going. Is Peeta good or bad? Is President Coyne really wanting change or staging a coup? How is President Snow still alive? I mean if you can get people into the capital then take him out! Problem solved. I guess that is why this is part 1 and there is a part 2. I much prefer that to going all LOTR and having a four hour movie that I'll never be able to get through. Still it seemed like 3/4 of this movie was setting up the finale in the last one. I didn't hate it, I'm not going to groan about it. I'm glad I now have seen them all and they do a good job of telling a story I like to see. But if this were the first one I saw I would be hopelessly lost and probably never watch another one. This series definitely has to be viewed in release order.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Conclusion, Interruptus

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      mjo1
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      As an inadvertent fan of this series (I've never read the books and got hooked by the polish and pizazz of Gary Ross's first installment), I find myself both impressed and annoyed by this very competent Part One of the finale. Impressed because the acting, the effects, the production design and direction (by Francis Lawrence, who's handled all the sequels in the series) are first rate. The cast, headed by Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, et al, bring a credible humanity to what is otherwise a pretty preposterous scenario. What annoys me is the the fact that this is a "Part One." This is just a naked grab at more box office, in the same way that the concluding chapter of "Harry Potter" was a grab. The material here doesn't warrant "Epic" handling. This should have been a trilogy, over and done with in three parts, not four. Still, I will fork over my money to see Part Two when it appears in theaters and add the Blu ray to my collection when it is released. I just will do it begrudgingly--kind of like Katniss who didn't like being used by the powers-that-be.

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