“Nothing good is safe while Snow’s alive,” says Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen, as the teaser opens. “Snow has to pay for what he’s done.”
She’s talking about President Snow (Donald Sutherland), of course. He keeps a tight grip on Panem, a nation of haves and have-nots, built on the ashes of what once was the United States, through oppression and autocracy.
Katniss is public enemy No. 1 as far as the Capitol is concern. They’re engaged in a real life-and-death struggle; no Hunger Games here. Now, it’s real.
“One way or another, this war’s going to come to an end,” says Boggs (Mahershala Ali). “There’s only one thing now you can do to add more fire to this rebellion.”
That would be Katniss. She becomes a lightning rod for the rebellion. It gets pretty heavy from here.
Katniss attempts to assassinate attempt Snow who sees her as the biggest threat to order–the old order, that is. He’s obsessed with destroying her.
She faces a number of tests, both physical and moral that will challenge her more than any danger she faced in the Hunger Games arena, according to the official synopsis.
“She realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.” Whew!
Oh… a love story also plays out in the film.
The film has an ensemble cast that includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore and Willow Shields.
The move hits theaters Nov. 20, kicking off the holiday movie season.
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Footnote: The late Phillip Seymour Hoffman appears in the trailer. He died from a drug overdose while the film was in production.