Remember that “final” trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 that appeared a while back? Yeah, it turns out that the term final is a bit more relative than we were led to believe in English class, especially since a short new trailer just popped up online. Not that we’re complaining, it’s still makes the upcoming young adult dystopia look like a solid time at the movies.
This short video basically serves to drive home all of the various traumas that heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has do endure over the course of the film. After surviving two rounds in the Hunger Games arena, killing other teenagers for the entertainment of the masses, and watching numerous friends and allies die right before her eyes, she’s got some serious issues to deal with. And her stint in District 13, battling the forces of the Capital, and serving as the face of the burgeoning revolution aren’t doing her any favors.
Here you see all the various things she has to contend with. President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) are using her as a pawn in their publicity heavy rebellion against the Capital, and don’t have her best interests at heart. Katniss’ home, District 12, have been reduced to ash and rubble because of her. Her maybe boyfriend Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is being held prisoner, and is also being used in a back and forth propaganda flame war. And then there’s that whole “we’re in the middle of war” thing to contend with. She has a lot on her mind.
Still, carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders as she is, you see Katniss’ defiant side, with her message to President Snow (Donald Sutherland): “If we burn, you burn with us.”
As is the case so often now with adaptations, Mockingjay, the third and final book in Suzanne Collins’ massively popular trilogy will be split into two movies. While it’s obviously also a money grab, in this case it makes a bit more sense than in others. There are two distinct portions to the narrative, and with a lot of exposition to deal with—they’re basically introducing a whole new district that everyone thought was destroyed long ago—there is a lot of work to do. Generally regarded as the weakest part of the series, thus far it appears that director Francis Lawrence’s film is playing to the strengths of the material.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 opens everywhere on November 20, while Part 2 follows next year, opening on November 21, 2015.