After appearing at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend—and on select Samsung devices—your first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part1, which is a mouthful to both say and type, has finally found its way online, and if we’re talking teasers, this is a solid offering. This may not be the most perfect look, but it does what it is supposed to do, give you a taste of what’s going on and get you ready to see even more. And more importantly, it makes you wonder about the mental and physical state of heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).
Though this video is barely a minute long—less if you take the Lionsgate logo into account—there is a good deal going on here. Starting off, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee and District 13’s President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) discuss Katniss’ fragile condition. Those of you who saw Catching Fire or read the books know that she was going through something very similar to PTSD after the first Hunger Games, a situation that was only exasperated by another turn in the arena. This isn’t a concern because they have any actual interest in her wellbeing, but because they intend to use her as a symbol of the burgeoning rebellion, and if she breaks down in public, that’s bad for their brand. They don’t give a shit about her.
All you need to do is look at Katniss, and hear the quiver in her voice as she says she’s here to fight alongside the rebels, to know that she’s very far from okay.
This teaser provides your first good look at the exteriors of District 13, which, according to the Capital, was destroyed in an earlier uprising, the very one that created the led to the creation of the Hunger Games in the first place. From this vantage point, it resembles an abandoned industrial area, which is kind of is, since all of the residents live in enclosed structures underground, leaving the surface deserted.
You also get your first look at Cressida, played by Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, who looks awesome with half of her head shaved. She’s the head of what is essentially a camera crew that Plutarch and Coin send into the field in order to film Katniss in battle so they can use the footage for their marketing and propaganda purposes. If the Mockingjay, as she is known, happens to die in the process, all the better, because then they don’t just have a symbol on their hands, they have a full-blown martyr.
During Catching Fire you got glimpses of the bubbling discontent as the seeds of revolution began to take rook all over the dystopian world of Panem, and this shows you just how bad things have become. There is straight up open warfare going on in many places, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his minions are doing everything in their power to crush the insurgents under their boots.
It’s a tough time and things are only going to get worse before they get better. And they have two movies to do it. Directed by Francis Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 also stars Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, and Elizabeth Banks, and opens everywhere November 21. The conclusion of the saga, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 is scheduled to open November 20, 2015.