Lionsgate have today released the theatrical trailer for their upcoming fantasy blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The follow-up to 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire picks up directly where its predecessor left off, chronicling reluctant rebel Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)'s campaign to rescue Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from captivity in the sinister Capitol and in doing so begin to put an end to President Snow (Donald Sutherland)'s overextended reign of tyranny once and for all.
Unsurprisingly, carrying out such an ambitious mission is far easier said than done, to the extent that it'll take director Francis Lawrence not one but two entire motion pictures in order to depict the momentous final war of Panem. Despite having utterly adored Catching Fire, we're still uncertain as to the reasons behind the chosen method of adaptation, frankly - did Suzanne Collins' somewhat mediocre third novel really contain enough dramatically purposeful material to warrant a full-scale dual-rendition? All will of course be revealed in a few months' time, yet at this late stage in the day, it's remarkably challenging to shake the sense that the marketing campaign for Part 1 so far has seemed utterly bereft of momentum, with the two trailers released up until now coming up uncharacteristically short on both high-octane action set-pieces and emotionally stirring sequences. Believe it or not, this time around, the odds mightn't necessarily be in Katniss' - or certainly Lionsgate's - favour!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 lights the flames of rebellion in UK cinemas nationwide this November 20th (and, in case readers were wondering, will continue its efforts to set the box office alight the next day - November 21st - in cinemas worldwide).