The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has arrived! It doesn’t feature Katniss or any kind of update on her current situation but instead offers a message from the Capitol of Panem. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) addresses the Districts with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) by his side and praises Panem’s system of government and emphasizes unity. If the Districts stand with him, they will be fed and protected. If they stand against him, they will bleed. Yeah, President Snow invented the creepy vibe.
Though the minute long trailer doesn’t show any footage from the upcoming film, the minimalistic style nails the tone. Panem is on the precipice of a revolution. For the first time in a long while, President Snow feels threatened by the citizens of the Districts, and as we’ve seen when he came up with the Quarter Quell, he’s willing to take drastic actions to keep Panem under his control. He knows using Peeta in his broadcast will get under Katniss’ skin, and that it could also sway citizens in his favor. If a champion of the Hunger Games stands beside President Snow, why shouldn’t everyone?
Given that they’ve shared this propaganda video from the Capitol, I hope the next trailer features Katniss and other members of the rebellion speaking to the citizens of Panem. It would be a perfect follow-up before seeing a full trailer for the film. I have a hunch we’ll get the latter at San Diego Comic-Con.
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HT: The Wrap