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Guerrilla Warfare in ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ (libertarian film review)

November 23, 2014 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster

This libertarian movie reviewcontains SPOILERS.
These spoilers DO NOT give away the plot, but they do reveal certain things viewers will see in the movie.
You’ve been warned.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, starring Jennifer Lawrence, is a thrilling action/sci-fi film about a revolutionary war in a dystopian future. Like its predecessors in the Hunger Games Saga, Mockingjay Part 1 is remarkably well made and will keep viewers glued to their seats. However, the “Part 1” in the title should clue people in to the fact that the movie is a total cliffhanger.
The setting itself hardly needs to be analyzed to find the striking libertarian imagery. In Panem we see an oppressed people living and dying under the yoke of a totalitarian government—a massive surveillance and police state. First there is Katniss Everdeen’s individual defiance against the state through seizing freedom of speech and expression in the Hunger Games. In the second installment, we see the birth pangs of the revolution amidst the Quarter Quell Games. In the third and fourth installments—Mockingjay parts 1 and 2—we see the revolution become a brutal civil war.
Because the film is divided into two parts of two hours each, the producers could afford to take their time telling the story. Therefore, the exposition is slow and the plot is slower to unfold. This first half is less about the revolutionary war to overthrow the Capital than it is about Katniss Everdeen’s transformation from stunned tribute into the Mockingjay, the face of the revolution.
One of the benefits of slower, longer movies is the increase in time spent on showing depth and detail in the story, characters, and setting. We get a heavier taste of Katniss’ post-traumatic stress following the games, as well as new challenges to her fragile …read more


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