The trailer opens with a quick look back at the journey that our badass heroine, Katniss Everdeen (played by Lawrence), has taken over the course of three movies, from her days of simply hunting on the forbidden side of District 12’s fence to her emergence as the symbol of the resistance. From there, though, we’re quickly immersed into the action of Mockingjay — Part 2. It’s full of streaking bullets, air strikes, and fiery explosions as Katniss and fighters from the districts set their sights on the Capitol.
Although it would have been pretty hard to have missed the fact that the series is almost complete, the TV spot makes sure to spell it out. “This is the end,” says Haymitch (Woody Harrelson). Additional voiceover dialogue amps up the suspense along the way. “We can take down the Capitol,” Katniss declares, later adding, “We’ve got one shot.”
While the fight against the Capitol is the main focus, there are also touching moments involving Katniss’ beloved younger sister, Prim (Willow Shields); as well as the points of Katniss’ love triangle, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth). It’s hard not to watch the TV spot and think about those who won’t survive, especially if you’ve read the series and know how it’s going to play out.
The film is, of course, based on the final book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. Following the new trilogy playbook, Lionsgate opted to split the story into two films, giving viewers a grander conclusion and the studio another guaranteed blockbuster hit.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 hits theaters on Nov. 20.
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