The long-awaited trailer for the much-anticipated film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 has finally premiered. This is the third installment for the Hunger Games series, for which there will be four. The films have become exceedingly popular as they nearly mirror the books, which have an extensive following.
The film trailer has not been released to the Internet yet, but is expected tomorrow (Monday, July 28) to conclude the barrage of teaser shorts for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay that have already been released. Lucky fans at Comic-Con and those who visited their local Best Buy store got to see the trailer today. If you’re in San Diego at the popular comics convention, your experience seeing the Hunger Games trailer was nothing short of immersive.
We had teased (and given spoilers) here on the Inquisitr before the trailer premiered, but had no idea how elaborate the Hunger Games trailer premier would be when it hit Comic-Con. Fans, after patiently waiting through long, long lines to get into the Hard Rock across the street from the convention center, entered the world of the Hunger Games and Panem almost completely.
The whole venue had been converted into a miniature version of Capitol, the central city for the elites in the films, and were greeted with an art gallery of film-promoting photography, actors in cos-play as citizens of Capitol (including some in all-white paint), and sinister-looking “peacekeepers” – the enforcers of the realm in the Hunger Games.
Once in the inner-sanctum of the venue, fans sat in 1970s pod-like chairs with a Galaxy tablet affixed to a small table and headphones hung from a small stand. This had been the goal all along, to see the Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 trailer in what turned out to be a personal experience rather than a large movie screen with crowds of people in the room. This was a touch of genius from the Samsung and Lionsgate people who collaborated on the premier for this Hunger Games trailer. This Business Insider story has a photo gallery walking through the Hunger Games trailer premier experience.
The trailer itself sets the stage for the latest Hunger Games entry. The resistance is already getting serious and the president already getting nasty about reprisals. It begins with a sort of space ship flying out of Capitol and towards the outer districts.
The Hunger Games trailer then cuts to two people sitting at a table, file folders open in front of them, discussing Katniss and her current state of being. One of these is Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Hunger Games being one of his final films before his death. The other is Julianne Moore. By their tone and short interchange, it’s clear that Katniss is not doing well, mentally, after the losses she’d suffered in the first two Hunger Games films.
We then see the president (played by Donald Sutherland, of course) declaring the Mockingjay symbol to be illegal, frames of “peacekeepers” laying waste to whole villages of people, and more. Clearly, the people wearing white are not the good guys in the Hunger Games.
It’s only briefly that we actually see Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and when we do, she’s walking through the common folk who’re battered, dirty, but not heartbroken once they see the person they consider their savior and hero. This short clip makes it clear that although Katniss may be hurting from her losses, she’s turning that hurt into resolve.
It’s a powerful trailer for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which enters theaters this November.
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