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The Hunger Games series takes a darker turn in 'Mockingjay - Part 1'


The Hunger Games series takes a darker turn in 'Mockingjay - Part 1'

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ has a darker feel than the previous two films of the same name.

In the third installment of the fantasy series, the Capitol broadcasts a propaganda video in which hooded victims are shot.

But Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the character Katniss, doesn’t think this will put viewers off.

When asked if she thought the generally young audience would be overwhelmed by the more sinister mood of the latest film, she replied:

“We’re continuing Katniss’ journey. It’s not really about getting out of the Games anymore. We’re moving into a real war between District 13 and the Capitol. So things are kind of naturally getting darker story-wise, visually, because we’re underground a lot in District 13. But we’re just following her journey.”

The gladiatorial contests portrayed in the ‘The Hunger Games’ series have turned Lawrence’s character into a symbol of female empowerment for many.

In the most recent tribute to Suzanne Collins' bestselling novels, the action moves underground where Katniss plans to rage war against the Capitol.

Julianne Moore plays the role of President Alma Coin. She spoke of the unusualness of having several strong, female characters in lead roles.

“Suzanne Collins has written such wonderful, fully-developed female characters and that is unusual”, Moore commented. “Natalie pointed out that these are characters (Natalie’s character, my character, certainly Katniss) that could have all been male. But Suzanne chose to make them female. So, I feel – reading the books and looking at the movies – that the movies more generally represent the life that I see, than the one that’s generally depicted in film. So I’m very grateful to them.”

In the same trend, New Zealand popstar Lorde has hand-chosen all of the artists and tracks for the film. She has also recorded the lead single.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ will be released in cinemas from November 19, 2014.

It will be one of Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last performances on screen. He died in February 2014 following a fatal overdose of heroin.

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