'Mockingjay': Let's break down the new 'Hunger Games' trailer
At last, Lionsgate has bestowed upon us the full-length trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," and it's a juicy one. (Although let's be honest: at this point, they could just announce a release date and we'd be there.) Many long-awaited scenes from the book are visible in the trailer, so let's take a look at some of the biggest and most memorable ones.
This appears to be a new scene, not in the books. President Snow is all crazy-eyed and creepy smile as he and Katniss continue their "honest" conversations. Logically it should happen somewhere near the beginning of the movie, but all of the glowing consoles in the room indicate that it probably takes place in District 13's command center.
A meeting room in District 13 where Katniss meets with the leaders of the Rebels, most notably Plutarch Heavensbee, President Coin and Gale.
A big departure from the books: Effie Trinket, looking as "normal" as we've ever seen her, appears to be with Katniss in District 13. She doesn't appear in the book until near the very end, having been in the Capitol during the entire war. Yet here she is pinning Katniss' Mockingjay pin on — standing in for Cinna (dang it, where are the tissues...). Probably to give Elizabeth Banks more to do, which is fine by us.
This is likely inside "The Nut," the weapons storehouse built under a mountain in District 2.
Peeta is interviewed by Caesar Flickerman as part of the Capitol's propaganda. It appears to be a peaceful broadcast, but it's anything but. Book readers know that Peeta has been tortured and brainwashed, and forced into acting as Snow's puppet for tormenting Katniss.
Katniss presents her scribbled list of demands to President Coin. If Coin agrees, Katniss will act as the Rebellion's symbol, the Mockingjay. The last demand on the list is, rather famously, "I kill Snow."
At first glance, this looks like it could be part of the training Katniss and Johanna Mason submit to in the second half of the book, but since that's likely being saved for the concluding film, this is probably a look at the battle-worn District 8 under attack.
This is the concluding scene of Chapter 1 in the book. After touring the rubble that was once District 12, Katniss finds that the row of houses where Hunger Games champions live has survived. Inside her own house, she finds a white rose left for her very recently by President Snow, just to show that he can still predict her actions.
Katniss stands amid the hospitalized survivors in District 8.
Propo (propaganda) producer Cressida watches in awe as Katniss holds the crowd's attention in District 8 without even trying.
Gale holds Katniss back as she watches District 8 burn in horror. It's shortly after this that the two of them attack the two Capitol jets flying overhead.
A look at the bunker buried deep below District 13, where Katniss takes refuge from a Capitol attack with her mother and sister.
Honesty time: no idea what this is. Those flood gates opening could be the resut of the Capitol's attack on District 13, or it could be a scene of war raging in another District, or maybe even the Capitol. It's not anything that happens from Katniss' POV in the book, so it's hard to say.
Royally pissed after the Capitol attacks helpless residents of a hospital in District 8, Katniss and Gale take the fight back to the same Capitol jets that dropped bombs moments ago. In the book, the two of them race to a rooftop where they commandeer a pair of huge ground-to-air guns. The movie appears to simplify this with arrows powerful enough to bring down an aircraft.
Katniss is out for blood as she takes aim...
And boom. She never misses.
It's right after this that an enraged Katniss films what's probably her most successful Propo, screaming into Cressida's camera a message to the Capitol: "If we burn, you burn with us!!"
Jennifer Lawrence delivering that line is one of "Mockingjay"'s most anticipated moments. Looks like we'll have to wait until the movie arrives in theaters on November 21, 2014.