“Since the dark days, our great nation has known only peace. Ours is an elegant system, conceived to nourish and protect. Your districts are the body. The capital is the beating heart. Your hard work feeds us, and in return, we feed and protect you.” This is how President Snow smoothly addresses Panem in the first teaser clip for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1. But it's what Snow says next that manages to convey the dark mood Mockingjay readers will remember from the book.
The teaser is only one minute and thirteen seconds long, and it is hauntingly stark in its simplicity, with President Snow seated on a throne against an all-white background … next to Peeta Mellark. As much as this trailer doesn't show, it somehow sends chills down your spine anyway -- particularly at the 1:03 mark.
The clip, titled President Snow's Panem Address - 'Together as One', is essentially a propaganda video from Snow. But it's also a warning, as Snow's speech takes a more sinister tone and the camera pulls back to show a robotic Peeta standing at attention next to him.
But if you resist the system, you starve yourself. If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed. I know you will stand with me, with us, with all of us, together, as one. Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever.
Here's the teaser:
Duuuuuude, that eye contact from Peeta at the end. How creepy was that?
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I don't want to delve too far into book spoiler territory, but in this one short clip they really did a great job of conveying Peeta's bleak situation, and the war to come. I have a hopeful feeling the movies will improve some of the aspects of the book that fell flat for fans, if only because they need to translate an increasingly depressing Katniss-in-a-drugged-stupor plot into a watchable story of heroism rising from urban warfare. A giant Hollywood blockbuster needs triumph and closure, two things that were definitely missing from the book -- so I'm thinking there's a fair amount of rewriting happening.
Or maybe not -- we definitely can't tell yet from this teaser. But it does a hell of a job getting us excited for the movie, doesn't it? (Oh, and here are the strange, decidedly awesome "propaganda posters" Lionsgate has released for the film.)
What do you think of the first Mockingjay clip?
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