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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

In this third and penultimate "Hunger Games" movie, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), now safe with the rebellion and her best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), try to find a way to rescue Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and go against the corrupt Capitol in the biggest rebellion Panem has ever seen.

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 20 Nov 2014
Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama
Running Time: 2 Hours 3 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Sam Claflin
Director: Francis Lawrence
Format: 2D, 2D ATMOS, 2D D-BOX

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Writer: Casey Chong

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Watch this if you liked: “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

The Good, the Bad and the Mockingjay:

Just so you know, Suzanne Collins' final book of "The Hunger Games" series, "Mockingjay", is only 390 pages long, so it's kind of baffling that the studio (Lionsgate) decided to split the book into a two-part movie finale - with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" scheduled to screen next November - which is more of a business decision than a creative endeavor it seems. The good news is, "Part 1" here is blessed with solid acting performances, with Jennifer Lawrence once again delivering an exceptionally charismatic yet captivating performance as Katniss Everdeen. The movie's obvious shift of tone, which focuses more on the drama with a political subtext than the usual action-adventure approach that the first two "Hunger Games" are known for, is actually a refreshing change of pace. It is nevertheless a bold, yet radical move that might alienate most of the casual viewers expecting the same old game-revolving plot just like the first two movies, even though fans of the book have expected this already. Still, kudos goes to director Francis Lawrence for being able to create a fair amount of dramatic tension that doesn't rely heavily on action set-piece to do the talking. Now for the bad news: despite clocking at two hours long (20 minutes shorter than the previous two movies), "Part 1" tends to grow redundant once the setup has been laid out. Some of the scenes are unnecessarily stretched to the point that you wish the studio would be wise enough to turn "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" into one movie instead. Despite some of the shortcomings, "Part 1" remains decent enough as a thrilling drama with a political overtone and here's hoping that "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" next November is worth the long wait for an epic payoff.

Look Out For:

The poignant moment where a flock of mockingjay birds whistling in the air, and Katniss starts singing "The Hanging Tree" by the riverside.

Trivia:

According to director Francis Lawrence, he didn't utilise CGI to complete the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's remaining scenes as a mark of respect after the actor's untimely death due to drug overdose.

Best Watched With:

Why, die-hard fans of "The Hunger Games" movies, of course!

Cinema Online, 19 November 2014
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only