“No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution…revolution is but thought carried into action.”
– Emma Goldman
When we last saw our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, she was being whisked away by friends of a rebel faction. Katniss had single-handedly brought an end to the Quarter Quell with a single (electrified) arrow.
After her rescue, by Haymitch and Plutarch, Katniss finds herself overwhelmed by news of the rising rebellion, and that she has become the symbol of the coming revolution. Katniss is also made aware that even though they were able to rescue Beetee, Finnick, and herself – they were unable to get Peeta out. One last piece of news that sparks the tinder of her anger, is when she is told her actions that ended the “Quell” led directly to the complete destruction of District 12.
We begin the next installment as Katniss goes to District 13 (which was supposedly destroyed), where she meets up with the leaders of a rebellion that is secretly infiltrating Panem. There she meets with President Alma Coin of Disrict 13, who tells Katniss she must embrace her role as the figurehead of the revolution and become the “Mockingjay”.
As for Peeta, it turns out he’s just fine – well sort of. He is being kept safely tucked away by President Snow. Peeta has become something of a puppet, whose main purpose is to be paraded around and speak out against the revolutionaries.
Will this tactic make Katniss question her stance in the grand scheme of things?
Francis Lawrence is back in the director’s chair for this (as well as the next) installment of the Hunger Games series, working from a screenplay written by Danny Strong and Peter Craig.
Jennifer Lawrence again heads up an all star cast that includes: Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
Katniss Everdeen, “The Girl on Fire”, will begin her quest to stoke the flames of revolution when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 makes its way to the big screen Friday November 21st.