Rated PG-13 · 123 minutes · 2014

Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
While the source material is strong enough to almost carry a film that is basically a setup for Mockingjay: Part 2, this still feels like a cynical cash grab more than an actual artistic choice. Mockingjay: Part 1 is well acted and directed, but feels repetitious in its constant use of bleakness as a stylistic choice in creating empathy for Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen. Part 1 is a powerful bit of cinema, especially considering its labeling as 'Young Adult,' but it's not a film. It's just half of one.
Official Site: www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us
Director: Francis Lawrence
Producer: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, Suzanne Collins, Joe Drake and Allison Shearmur
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Mahershala Ali, Evan Ross, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Willow Shields

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