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"What do all those deaths mean? They mean that our lives were never ours. There was no real life because we didn't have any choice. Our lives belong to Snow and our deaths do, too. But if you kill him, Katniss, if you end all of this, all those deaths — they mean something."
Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is the Grand Finale of the four-part cinematic adaptation of Suzanne Collins's young adult novel trilogy The Hunger Games, directed by Francis Lawrence and adapted by Danny Strong and Peter Craig. The film is split into two parts.

Picking up immediately where the previous film left off, Katniss Everdeen arrives in District 13 where she struggles to become the perfect posterchild for the anti-Capitol rebellion. Meanwhile, Peeta is still a hostage of the Capitol, and his absence is hard on Katniss, whose emotional state has deteriorated after two consecutive Hunger Games. Soon enough, the real war begins — and as President Snow promised, it's not pretty.

The split between the movies happens after chapter 12.

Mockingjay is also the last film to feature Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February 2014.


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    Part 1
"Fire is catching. And if we burn, you burn with us!"
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Inverted. It is more of a quiet drama film with a couple of action sequences.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • While Katniss spends rather more time being sedated and going in and out of the hospital ward in the book, the movie only shows two instances of this.
    • Katniss' constant hiding away is only shown twice.
    • Though Coin thanks her people for "interrupting their schedules" during one of her speeches, the District 13 wrist schedules don't appear.note 
    • Katniss' prep team never made it to 13 in the film.
  • Adaptation Expansion: As with the previous films, there is a lot of expansion on the book.
    • President Snow has a few more scenes of his own, where he is joined by his staff of Canon Foreigners: Antonius, his right hand man, and Egeria, his head of national information.
    • President Coin gets a few more scenes with Plutarch Heavensbee, which help with her characterization. She also receives a backstory: her husband and daughter died in the last epidemic.
    • The raid on the dam in District 5 is turned into an extended scene, from a simple throwaway line in the book.
    • Similarly, we get another new scene of District 7 lumberjacks bombing a team of Peacekeepers with landmines.
    • The rescue of Peeta is expanded upon in the movie, and while Katniss was sedated for most of it during the book, here she's very much following the situation.
    • Effie Trinket didn't show up until near the end of the book version, with the implication that she had been held prisoner and tortured. Here she's defected to 13 (albeit unwillingly) and essentially takes the place of Fulvia, Plutarch's assistant, along with Katniss's prep team.
    • Averted with Johanna, who appeared in promotional videos and material with Peeta and President Snow, and was declared one of the winners of the Quarter Quell. Ultimately she remains an Advertised Extra, kind of like in the first half of the book.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Though her hiding from others is not shown as much, Katniss' concern for Gale, Prim, and especially Peeta is played way up in comparison to the book. For example, when she gives her demands to Coin in exchange for being the Mockingjay, she does not include her demand that she be allowed to kill Snow personally, only concentrating on saving the victors (and keeping Buttercup). This is especially shown in the mission to save the victors. While in the book, she was concentrated wholly on Finnick's revelations about Snow and therefore developing an increasingly complex relation with him as a result in their friendship, the revelations are more or less in the background, including the fact that Finnick was a Sex Slave not even having him on screen at the time of the comment, with her focused entirely on the screens involving the secondary purpose of the reveals.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Enobaria is not mentioned here.
    • Fulvia and the prep team aren't present due to their roles being taken by Effie.
  • Advertised Extra: Jena Malone as Johanna. She only appears briefly at the very end. Some of her scenes appear to have been cut.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Capitol's air raid on District 13, which thanks to Peeta's warning and outdated Capitol intel, fails to actually cause any real damage or fatalities.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Subverted during evacuation of the District 13 citizens when the Capitol committed an air raid against the district and Katniss trips and falls over on the stairs. At first, it seems that no one stops to help, but on closer inspection, that's because there's still lots of people coming down and no one can safely stop. They step around Katniss until the people at the back of the group help her up.
  • Arc Words: "If we burn, you burn with us!"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • Katniss has conditions for agreeing to be the mockingjay. They are as such: Peeta, Johanna, and Annie will be rescued at the earliest opportunity; they will receive full pardons for any crimes they have been forced to commit by the Capitol, and Primrose gets to keep her cat. (In the book, the cat was her first demand and even that set off a flurry of heated discussion.)
    • Josh Hutcherson sums up his character Peeta's trials and tribulations as such:
    Hutcherson: I've been captured. The Capitol has me. And I'm being tortured. And I'm blonde.
  • Attentive Shade Lowering: After being introduced to President Coin and while Coin and Plutarch are discussing the speech Coin just gave, Effie lowers her glasses and eyes Coin up and down. Once Coin leaves she remarks how much Coin could also use a stylist. (Some viewers also interpret the look she gives Coin as feeling Coin is shadier that she looks).
  • Award-Bait Song: "Yellow Flicker Beat" by Lorde.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Katniss is, as Haymitch notes, horrible when given lines to deliver in front of a greenscreen.
    That, my friends, is how a revolution dies.
  • Badass Boast: The page quote, which Katniss gives via propaganda interview after shooting down the bombers that blew up the District 8 hospital, which gets taken up as a Battle Cry by other rebels.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Both Peeta and Johanna are visibly malnourished and beatenfollowing their rescue from the Tribute Center. Katniss' eyes are also considerably bloodshot, probably due to ruptured blood vessels and is also wearing a neck brace after Peeta attacks her.
  • Big Bad: Once again, President Snow.
  • Big Blackout: The lights in the Capitol go out after rebels in District 5 blow up the hydroelectric dam.
  • Bilingual Bonus: ASL speakers got an added bonus as the ASL-speaking Avox Pollux is signing to his brother Castor. After meeting Katniss, Cressida explains to Katniss that Pollux can't speak because the Capitol cut out his tongue. He turns to his brother and signs, "She's pretty, don't you think?" and his brother signs a very enthusiastic "Yes". Considering that ASL takes facial expression into account quite a bit, the conversation could be translated as "She's really hot, isn't she?" "YEAH SHE IS."
  • Blinded by the Light: During the raid on the Tribute Tower, the lights suddenly come back on, blinding the team and alerting the audience that something is horribly wrong.
  • Bombers on the Screen/Sensor Suspense: During the bombing of District 13, President Coin and her staff watch the radar to know what's going on on the surface, while the bunker rocks from each missile hit.
  • Bookends: The film opens with Katniss waking up in a District 13 hospital after her rescue from the Arena. The movie ends on Katniss waking up in the same hospital after Peeta almost strangles and beats her to death.
  • Bowdlerise: In-universe, Plutarch edits "necklace of rope" to "necklace of hope" when using Katniss' rendition of "The Hanging Tree" over a propaganda piece.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Peeta has been tortured and conditioned to associate Katniss with mortal danger, so upon seeing her he immediately attacks her and tries to kill her.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The propaganda ad shot right after the hospital bombing looks very similar to the trailers.
  • California Doubling: Atlanta continues to represent Panem, much like it did in Catching Fire.
  • Call-Back:
    • A woman in the field hospital asks Katniss about her fake pregnancy. Katniss explains that she miscarried.
    • Snow whispering to himself "Moves and countermoves", a line from Plutarch in the previous film.
  • Childless Dystopia: Because of an epidemic years prior, District 13 has very few children. While not stated in the film, the book reveals this is why District 13 welcome refugees from other districts with open arms, as this would increase the population's genetic diversity.
  • Civil War: Panem officially experiences this. District 8 are in open rebellion against the Capitol, Districts 5, 7, and 11 are experiencing unrest, and District 13 take a more active stance and film propos to encourage the other districts to rebel.
  • Cliffhanger: The film ends with a visibly-shaken Katniss visiting the hijacked Peeta, who acts like a wild animal in his restraints, while President Coin congratulates the rebels for the successful rescue of the Victors though reminding that the worst has yet to come.
  • Cold Ham: In the first two films, President Snow was The Stoic, and generally spoke very calmly in his interactions with Katniss. When he speaks to Katniss here, he is much more openly evil, with a continuous Psychotic Smirk that borders on Slasher Smile, and he is clearly letting himself enjoy toying with her. Despite this, though, his voice remains soft, and his courtesy remains constant.
  • Composite Character: Effie's character is given the role(s) played by Fulvia and Katniss's prep team in the story and some of their dialogue from the book, while all four of those characters are Adapted Out. This is reportedly because Suzanne Collins liked Elizabeth Banks's portrayal of Effie in the first two movies so much that she didn't want to see her Demoted to Extra like she was in the final book.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When Snow is giving a speech outlawing anything associated with the Mockingjay, his granddaughter can be seen undoing the Katniss-style hair braid he noted her sporting in Catching Fire. Creating some Fridge Horror when one remembers that the punishment for any symbol associated with Katniss or the rebellion is death.
    • The lethal venom stings from the first film are brought up again as part of the Hijacking brainwash method used on Peeta.
  • Crisis Point Hospital: The hospital in District 8 that Katniss visits before it's bombed by the Capitol.
  • Darker and Edgier: So much so compared to the previous film. With the bombing of District 12, people being gunned downed onscreen rather than using cutaway shots, a hospital being destroyed, and torture and Mind Rape in the case of the rescued victors.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: District 13 looks decidedly more ominous and militant than the Capitol, but are presented as the good guys.
  • Death by Adaptation: Katniss's prep team from the games didn't make it to District 13.
  • Death from Above: The Capitol bombs their targets if they want to kill in mass numbers.
    • Due to Katniss destroying the Arena's barrier, the Capitol retaliated by obliterating District 12. First clearing out all the Capitol Peacekeepers, then dropping bombs from planes. Gale realized quickly what was going on and tried to evacuate as many people as he could before the bombers came, getting 915 out of 10,000 out. Later Katniss visits the district and is horrified at the aftermath at all the burned corpses and rubbled buildings.
    • When Snow's surveillence finds Katniss in another district, the hospital she visited in District 8 is destroyed with its wounded citizens inside.
    • The Capitol tries this on District 13. Due to Peeta giving them an early warning on broadcast, District 13's preparation in case of such an attack, and the Capitol working out outdated information, there were no casualties.
  • Defector from Decadence: Cressida and her team deserted the capitol to join the rebels.
    Plutarch: She was one of the most up and coming documentors in the capitol.
    Cressida: Until I up and left.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Johanna only appears for a few seconds, having spent the movie being tortured in the Capitol off-screen. Fittingly, her part in the book wasn't really expanded on until the events that take place in the chapters associated with Part 2. Promotional material and videos seemed to indicate it was going to undergo Adaptation Expansion but it was ultimately kept just like in the books.
    • Finnick. Most of his character moments are cut or passed on to others (the "kiss you, kill you, or be you" line was originally his, not Effie's), and his big moment of plot relevance, when he tells the story of his own forced prostitution and Snow's rise to power, is massively downplayed. While it was a huge character-defining moment in the book, causing Katniss to completely rethink her opinion of Finnick and was given the full focus of the narrative, in the movie, it's going on in the background as Katniss and the camera focus on the rebels' mission.
    • In terms of going from the book to the film, Plutarch's role is slightly downplayed due to the death of his actor - some scenes where he delivered important lines were re-shuffled to other characters.
    • Averted with Effie, for whom this trope was true in the book (she appeared in only one scene near the end), but who still plays a major part in the movies.
  • Death of a Child: The bombing of District 12, which claimed thousands of lives, including children. Also the bombing of the District 8 hospital, which contains some kids inside when it happens.
  • Divided for Adaptation: The movie ends about halfway through the book, with a second movie adapting the rest.
  • Doomed Hometown: Though she's told in the previous film that District 12 was destroyed, Katniss is brought to visit what remains of District 12 for the first time after the Capitol's bombing. She goes into a horrified [1] at the rubbled former buildings and road of burned corpses. Her own home in the Victor's Village however is left intact.note  Later for a propo Gale walks through how it played out after Katniss destroyed the game arena.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: District 13, or rather what's left of it as this is how its citizens managed to survive in the first place while topside was blown up. It's implied to have undergone some upgrades as well given that even the Capitol's bombing run does only superficial damage and no casualties.
  • Epic Fail: The attack on District 13. Instead of collapsing the entire complex, the Capitol only succeeds in damaging passages near the surface and possibly some surface-to-air emplacements due to outdated information. No casualties are reported.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Snow's propagandist is visibly shocked when he orders the bombing of the hospital, but he promptly shoots her down by reminding her that she wrote the speech in which he pronounced death on anyone who associated with the Mockingjay.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave:
    • District 12 had 915 survivors out of ten thousand. The burned bodies of the dead are found along the main road.
    • And again with the hospital in District 8. Katniss even says that there are no survivors.
  • Evil Gloating: In a departure from the books, Katniss has a brief video conversation with Snow while her allies try to rescue Peeta, Annie, and Johanna, in which he engages in a lot of this just before he reveals he knows about their rescue operation then immediately cuts the feed.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Snow's conversation with Katniss doesn't involve him shouting or gesticulating or anything like that, but now that he's dropped his facade (see Faux Affably Evil below,) his stoic expression and soft monotone have been replaced with openly evil sneering and sadism.
  • Evil Is Petty: Snow had no real reason to respond to Katniss during the rescue operation and did it simply to reveal that he knew what was going on, and to make sure she remembered him saying that the ones you love are the ones who kill you. If Gale had acted on his suspicions about how the rebels got away even when it was clear they'd walked into a trap, Snow might well have blown his chance to get Peeta to kill Katniss.
  • Faceless Goons: The Peacekeepers retain their white helmets with face concealing black visors from the previous film.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Katniss and Finnick speculate that this is what the Victors held captive in the capitol are enduring. Finnick even comments that he wishes Annie were dead instead. From the look of them after the rescue, they were probably right. Johanna is bald and looks like she's been tortured or experimented on, Annie is possibly worse of a wreck than she was already, and Peeta has been brainwashed to see Katniss as a monster.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Snow's previous interactions with Katniss were those of an extremely ruthless, but ultimately pragmatic man who really was trying to minimize bloodshed for everyone and had some level of respect for her. In his video conversation with Katniss, he drops the facade, gloating and mocking her motivations while sneering and grinning, yet remains polite and formal.
  • Foreshadowing: Katniss almost loses Prim during the Capitol's bombing on District 13. In Part 2, she loses Prim for good during the Capitol's (well, District 13 carrying a False Flag Operation against the Capitol) bombing in front of the Presidential Palace.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: A rare heroic example when the rescue team from District 13 arrives at the Capitol to rescue Peeta and the other captured victors. The gas masks help protect the team from knockout gas they use on Peacekeepers during the operation.
  • Good Guns, Bad Guns: The Capitol uses a sleek white F2000 rifle to compliment their Light Is Not Good trend while District 13 uses skeletal black G36 rifles to reinforce their respective Dark Is Not Evil motif.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Katniss suffers several of these.
      • In what's left of District 12, because of the sheer number of casualties. 9,085 of District 12's 10,000 residents don't make it out.
      • After Snow leaves hundreds of white roses following the Capitol's unsuccessful raid on District 13.
      • When Peeta attacks and nearly kills her.
      • And before that last one, she completely breaks down when President Snow delivers a Wham Line at the end of their video conversation about being fully aware of District 13's rescue operation of the victors and effectively cuts off their communication with the rescue unit. Understandably, she has every reason to believe that she's lost both Peeta and Gale (who was part of that unit), even though it ends up not being the case.
    • Finnick also suffers from one that's bad enough to leave him in a depressive state for a good chunk of the film (although it's elaborated on less than it was in the book). It mostly stems from a combination of the Capitol having taken Annie, his one true love, captive, and guilt for not going back to save Johanna and Peeta at the end of the Quarter Quell.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The attack on District Five's hydroelectric dam for most if not all of the people involved. Even if the attackers survive charging the Peacekeepers unarmed, they probably can't outrun the wave from the collapsing dam. note 
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Due to being two of the only three escaped Victors (with Beetee being the other, much older one) and their shared worry of Peeta and Annie, respectively, Katniss and Finnick have this dynamic.
  • Holding the Floor: Finnick's broadcast serves a dual purpose—exposing Snow and jamming the signals in the Capitol to keep the rescue team from being discovered.
  • Hostage Situation: After finding a blast crater full of roses, Katniss fears that Snow will kill Peeta if she does any more propaganda pieces.
  • Hypocrite:
    • The Capitol condemns the violence of the rebels, while conveniently overlooking how Districts 12 and 13 were utterly destroyed and how the other Districts have been dominated and forced to send their children to be slaughtered for generations.
    • When Boggs explains to Katniss that the reason why District 13 hasn't used its arsenal of weapons against the Capitol is that they fear the resulting conflict would cost more lives than the human race can afford to spare, Katniss shoots back that when Peeta made the same argument he was called a traitor.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Gale is the first to volunteer for the Victor rescue mission. Knowing that rescuing Peeta is the thing Katniss wants most.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Gale and Katniss shoot down two Capitol bombers with nothing more than bows and arrows. Possibly justified in that the bombers are flying at extremely low altitude and are making a second strafing run effectively head-on. That is, they don't have to lead the bombers as much in order to actually hit them. When they did hit, they used the red arrows.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Cressida and her crew of filmmakers defect from the Capitol to document and show what is happening in the rebellion.
  • Irony: Near the end of the film when President Coin delivers a rousing speech about how the rescue team "liberated the victors", the scene cuts between her and Katniss staring in horror at Peeta tied to a gurney, writhing and sobbing. It really drives home that even if the victors are superficially liberated from the Capitol, those around them don't— and probably never will— understand how they'll never be liberated from the havoc the Capitol on their bodies and their psyches. Even more poignant is that Peeta certainly isn't liberated at that moment— he's locked and tied down in a room. For his own safety as well as Katniss' safety, granted, but the scene leaves a bitter taste in your mouth when you see President Coin's speech juxtaposed with that.
  • Kick the Dog: President Snow orders the District 8 hospital firebombed for associating with Katniss.
  • Killed Offscreen: Katniss's fears about Cinna are confirmed. When Effie gives her Cinna's design for the Mockingjay outfit, she sadly asks "He's dead, isn't he?" Effie whispers "Yes, dear" and shows her the message he left her:
    "I'm still betting on you! - Cinna"
  • Knockout Gas: The rebel team sent to rescue the Victors uses sleeping gas bombs to clear areas before they enter. Peeta gets knocked out by the gas as well, and comes to in the hospital at District 13.
  • Last Bastion: District 13 is the only district in Panem that is free from the Capitol's influence, with no Hunger Games and Peacekeepers present. That said, they have strict rules of their own, although they pale in comparison to the Capitol's brutality.
  • Light Is Not Good: Compared to District 13, the Capitol has its people dressed in bright lavish colors, the President is named after white snow and its Peacekeepers wear bone white armor, but the Capitol is anything but good.
  • Make an Example of Them: President Snow has people caught with the Mockingjay symbol shot publicly through the back of the head at the beginning as an example to the District uprising.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Katniss manages to make contact with President Snow, he mockingly says "Miss Everdeen; what an honor - echoing Katniss's very first words to him in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Zigzagged. The Capitol is fine bombing District 12 to oblivion, but starting an all-out war with the weapon-producing District 13 in a country where there are less than 2 million people (so say supplementary materials) is something they would not cross. District 13 have the same opinion, hence why they stayed quiet for 75 years and why they choose Katniss to inspire rebellions in the other districts rather than facing the Capitol head on.
  • Mood Whiplash: Katniss seeing Peeta again in District 13. The music's very light, there's relief all around, and as broken as he is, it looks like a touching reunion is in order. And then he tries to strangle her.
  • Music for Courage: The resistance in District 5 sing "The Hanging Tree" before beginning their attack. As it's a guaranteed Suicide Mission that begins with them charging unarmed into gunfire and ends with the flood taking out anyone who might have escaped, it was necessary.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: What Katniss is subjected to upon seeing Peeta for the first time after he's rescued. She's thrown across the room like a sack of flour.
  • Oh, Crap!: During the mission to rescue Peeta, Johanna and Annie from the Capitol, Katniss's attempts to stall Snow comes to a halt when Snow asks "You really think I don't know your friends are in the Tribute Tower?"
  • Permission to Speak Freely: Used with a slight twist on the response.
    Plutarch: May I speak freely?
    President Coin: You don't seem to do anything else.
  • Phony Veteran: Plutarch's original ideas for the promotional material involves Katniss standing in front of a CGI battle acting as if she's just rallied the troops. When it's pointed out that no one will believe Katniss's stilted lines and awkward delivery, she offers to actually go into the field and become the real deal.
  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: One of the secrets Finnick reveals about Snow is that his favorite method of disposing of rivals is through poison. Knowing they would expect this kind of treachery, he would drink from the same cup as them, but he had taken an antidote.
  • Poison Is Evil: Snow's choice method to rid himself of rivals and dissenters is poison. Finnick presents this as a massively cowardly and evil thing to do.
  • Propaganda Machine: Caesar Flickerman's airtime has fully devolved into this, given his "interviews" with Peeta in which the latter denounces violence and urges the districts to lay down their weapons. Though it's pretty clear that even he looks uncomfortable about it all.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Katniss warns Snow about this, stating "if we burn, you burn with us." Snow even acknowledges the fact that the Capitol needs the Districts to survive. That said, if it's a choice between capitulation and domination, Snow proves more than willing to slaughter as many people as it takes to stay in power.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Coin gives one near the end of the film, in contrast to her concise and utilitarian pronouncements at the start. You can see Plutarch mouthing along; clearly the one who wrote it.
    • Subverted by Katniss, who butchers a propaganda ad on a greenscreen. Played straight after the Capitol bombing the hospital in District 8.
  • Running Gag: After Effie finally leaves her self-imposed isolation in District 13, she is never shown wearing her jumpsuit the same way twice.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Katniss is filming a "propo" to stir up support for the rebellion, but is doing a terrible job of it. Following her wooden, stilted delivery of "People of Panem, we fight! We dare to end this hunger for justice!", Haymitch enters...
    Haymitch: [slow clap] And that, my friends, is how a revolution dies.
  • Secret Test of Character: When Katniss demands that Peeta and the other Victors be rescued and pardoned in exchange for being the Mockingjay, Coin gives a flat no, which prompts Katniss to give an impassioned refusal to be their Icon of Rebellion and say they can go find another Mockingjay. When she's done, Plutarch says "this is the Katniss I told you about". Coin just provoked her to see if Katniss really was fit to be a rebel icon.
  • Self-Destructive Charge: District Five's rebellion includes this; a wall of hundreds of people, rushing into gunfire so that a few could get a bomb in and blow up the dam, resulting in temporary power loss throughout the Capital. And the odds are likely that whoever survived the hail of bullets would be swept away by the ensuing flood.
  • Sequel Hook: Like Catching Fire before it, the movie ends on a massive cliffhanger: Katniss re-visiting Hijacked!Peeta.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Katniss. Being in two Hunger Games and a civil war will do that to you. The very first scene even opens with her in a Troubled Fetal Position, desperately trying to calm herself before she's given tranquilizers.
  • Ship Sinking: Katniss confirms out loud that she's in love with Peeta, thus sinking the Galeniss ship.
  • Ship Tease: Haymitch and Effie have developed a weird and yet completely in-character flirtation, as they confess to liking each other via a series of hilariously backhanded compliments, each pointing out the absence of flaws that they disliked in one another before.
    Haymitch: I like you better without all the make-up.
    Effie: Well, I like you better sober.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The ambush in District 7 resembles a scene from Red Dawn (1984).
    • The jumpsuits they wear in District 13 appear to be a visual reference to the film version of 1984.
  • The Song Before the Storm: "The Hanging Tree" becomes this to the rebels at District 5, who sing it as they move towards their suicide attack against the hydroelectric dam
  • Suicide Mission: There is no way the members of the assault on the District 5 dam had any illusions they would escape before the water came.
  • Take Me Instead: When Katniss contacts President Snow as a means to try to serve a distraction from the rescue mission to free Peeta and the other Tribute hostages, she offers herself, telling him "release Peeta and take me instead." He replies that they're long past the point for noble sacrifices.
  • Take That, Audience!:
    • The movie doesn't shy away from going deep into the tactics of image manipulation, video virality and propaganda, which can be considered ironic since as a Hollywood movie, it employs these very tactics itself, and the audience is being made aware of how they are manipulated.
    • invoked There's also some level of Reality Subtext since a lot of what Plutarch (in particular) describes as Katniss' appeal to people could also apply to her actress.
    • The propos sure seem to look a lot like the trailers...
  • Taking You with Me: Katniss tells Snow that this is what would happen to him, "If we burn, you burn with us". This is quoted in District 7 when they ambush the Peacekeepers. Later District 5 literally does this by destroying a hydroelectric plant that kills power at the capital on a suicide mission.
  • Tap on the Head: Sort of. Peeta gets knocked unconscious and seems no worse off for it than he was already, but the circumstances of administering the blow would have justified lethal force anyway, and nobody pretends that it's a safe or harmless way of incapacitating someone.
  • Unexpected Character: The soundtrack, curated by Lorde, features mainly mordern female electronic/pop vocalists such as herself along with CHVRCHES, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Ariana Grande, Bat For Lashes, Tinashe, HAIM, and... Grace Jones? Also rappers Q-Tip and Pusha-T appear in Stromae's "Meltdown" alongside Lorde and HAIM for an odd-yet-compelling collaboration.
    • However, none of the above (with the exception of Lorde) are heard anywhere in the movie itself.
  • Voice of the Resistance: Katniss ends up as this. As the Mockingjay, she's called on to unite the districts and star in propaganda pieces for the cause.
  • We Have Reserves: The rebel attacks shown in Districts Five and Seven don't have the finesse of a trained army, nor are they particularly well-equipped. What they do have is a lot of people fully willing to die if it means sticking it to the Capitol. This is especially true of District Five, whose rebels don't even have weapons. The entire plan was a suicidal Zerg Rush at a hydroelectric dam in order to destroy it, which took out everyone who managed to charge through the gunfire.
  • Wham Line: President Snow delivers one to Katniss at the end of their video conversation, and by extension, to the audience and everyone else from District 13 watching it. Specifically, it reveals that he knows full well about District 13's rescue operation of the victors, despite initially making it seem like he was still oblivious to it.
    President Snow: Don't you think I know your friends are in the Tribute Center? [to his crew] Cut them off.
  • Wham Shot: After the bombing on District 13, Katniss and the film crew discover the ruins covered in White Roses, and Katniss finally has a realization. The Capital wasn't attacking District 13, Snow was retaliating against Katniss.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Katniss is shown the District 13 hangars, fully stocked with modern weapons, she asks Boggs why District 13 abandoned the other districts during the first war. And why didn't they try to defend District 12 earlier from being destroyed by Capitol bombers. Made more apparent when District 5 attacks the hydroelectric dam. They charge the Peacekeepers guarding the dam unarmed. A lot more of the attackers could have survived if they had basic small arms. At least until the plan succeeds when it's very apparent that there would have been no survivors no matter what.
  • Zerg Rush: How the District 5 bombers assault the power plant. Enough of them run at the guards until they overwhelm them. If the ones carrying the bomb fall, those behind them pick it up and continue to run.

    Part 2
"Tonight, turn your weapons to the Capitol! Turn your weapons to Snow!"
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Squad 451 eventually retreats into the underground roadways and then into the municipal water system. It's still fairly claustrophobic.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: After a long time fleeing through the giant death trap of the Capitol and suffering several losses, Cressida leads the squad to a friend's house. Their time in the basement covers a lot of ground, from mourning their losses to Katniss' guilt to the Love Triangle.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • Peeta healing from his brainwashing is almost natural in the film, while in the book it is a long, difficult process and requires medical treatment.
    • In the book, in order to go to the Capitol, Katniss has to participate in combat training before she is cleared to go. This section is omitted in the film. Instead, she just sneaks aboard a ship carrying supplies to the Capitol, after which District 13 plays along. Star Squad 451 is still the same though.
    • The section in the Capitol, from the moment Boggs steps on a mine is a bit compressed. Like the part where they enter a house and Katniss shoots a Capitol civilian, and another where the streets turn into a chasm are omitted.
    • After the climax, Katniss is supposed to be under treatment by a doctor. Moreover, she and Peeta were creating a book dedicated to all the victims of the war and previous games. This is not included in the film.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Again with President Snow. In the extra scenes he has, it is shown he's becoming more sick. Also, it is implied he orders the attack of the mutts on Star Squad 451 when they are underground.
  • Adapted Out: Delly Cartwright, a teenage girl from District 12. Her most significant part (first visit to Peeta after he attacked Katniss) is taken by Prim.
  • Age Lift: Retroactively applied. In The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, it is revealed that Tigris is actually President Snow's older cousin. In this film, however, she is played by Eugenie Bondurant, who is young enough to be Donald Sutherland (President Snow)'s daughter. This is justified because the book was released five years after the film, so the filmmakers had no foresight regarding this tidbit.
  • Armor Is Useless: Squad 451's armor may as well be tissue paper.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Boggs is a badass who can handle himself.
  • Babies Ever After:
    • Annie has a child with Finnick by the end of the film.
    • Katniss and Peeta also have two children by the end of the film.
  • Batman Gambit: The only reason that Haymitch and Katniss go along with Coin's proposition for the Capitol Games is so Katniss has an actual political justification to kill her during Snow's execution. Coin's death would be justified by the insidious plot she had planned.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The good news is that Snow and Coin are killed; Paylor becomes Panem's president and turns it into a democracy; the Hunger Games are finally over; Peeta has finally regained his memories; and Katniss returns to District 12 along with Peeta and Haymitch. The bad news is that hundreds have perished during the rebellion with many more dying during the destruction of District 12; Finnick and Prim are killed (and Katniss is left mourning for Prim); and Gale and Katniss are estranged.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Boggs is the first casualty of Katniss' party.
  • Blind Shoulder Toss: In the beginning, Haymitch tells Katniss they prepared a speech for her, but she doesn't like it and refuses. Haymitch says he isn't really surprised, and just toss the speech tablet.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Towards the end of the film, Snow coughs up blood due to his worsening health.
  • Bookends: In a meta sense. The Hunger Games was the first film in the four-part series to have James Newton Howard as composer. Now the final one was composed by Howard as well.
  • Break the Haughty: As per the book, the Capitol citizens get more than enough share of misery throughout the film, thanks to the war waged against their hometown. Sure, they aren't evil as much as they are ignorant, but you can't help to take a hidden delight at seeing them having to experience in one go what the district citizens have experienced for the past 75+ years. Specifically, they're forced to beg for food for once, having to evade a war zone, and finally, watching their children being blown to bits by bombs.
  • Call-Back: Finnick's death is eerily similar to Cato's. Up to and including Katniss performing a Mercy Kill.
  • Composite Character: Prim is regarded as Peeta's "closest person" and thus is the one allowed entry to his room in hopes of curing his hijacking. The "closest person" in the book is Delly Cartwright, Peeta's best friend who doesn't appear in the film.
  • Compressed Adaptation: While the first part featured a lot of padding, Part 2 has a lot of stuff trimmed. Katniss and Johanna training is the biggest omission, while Katniss's time back in District 12 before Peeta returns, at the end, gets heavily cut.
  • Covers Always Lie: Katniss never donned the red Spy Catsuit she's been wearing in the posters and promotional materials.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Inverted, as it happened to a villain. President Coin's arms are positioned this way after giving a theatrical speech when Katniss shot her.
  • Death Course: The outer ring of the Capitol is set up as one giant arena, as Snow wants to make a game of the rebellion in order to downplay their achievements.
  • Death of a Child:
    • Dozens of capitol children are blown up onscreen. The ones that might have survived fall victim to the fire bombs.
    • Prim's death. She falls victim to the fire bombs and all Katniss can do is watch her die.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Haymitch, Effie, and Beetee have lesser roles here compared to Part 1. This is because that film mostly revolves around District 13 and the three characters almost never go outside of District 13 from the beginning to the end of this two-part flick.
      • Effie's only scene before the epilogue is a non-speaking cameo during the wedding scene.
      • Haymitch figures prominently early on, but disappears after Katniss goes to the Capitol. He has a significant part in the epilogue, however.
      • Beetee is the focus of the scene where Katniss overhears the twin bombing plan before she lands in District 2. He doesn't appear again until the voting scene, where he has a single line.
    • Johanna is actually an inversion if you consider the films only. Whereas Part 1 has her appear in a non-speaking cameo, here she talks in three scenes. During the Victors' Voting, she is the most vocal character after President Coin. If you go with the books, she plays this straight, since the part where she trains with Katniss is cut, leaving her little else to do.
    • Caesar Flickerman shows up in a single scene totaling about two and a half minutes, whereas in Part 1, he appears in three separate interview scenes.
  • Die Laughing: President Snow laughs after Katniss fatally shoots President Coin. He's beaten to death by the district residents afterwards.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • The Leeg twins of Squad 451. In the book, Leeg 2 is the first of the group to die in a mislabeled pod trap, and Leeg 1 is later killed holding off reptilian muttations so the remaining members can escape. The film has Leeg 2 too injured by the pod that kills Boggs to move on, and Leeg 1 stays behind with her to hold off the Peacekeepers while the squad goes into hiding.
    • Messalla is originally killed by an energy beam that melts the flesh off his body. The film gives him a comparably less gruesome death by having the beam instantly disintegrate his body into debris.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Plutarch to President Coin. As it turns out, his only true loyalties are to democracy and to a degree, Katniss.
  • Eagleland: The Rebellion's version of the Panem flag is a blend of American symbols and those of the European Union.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Boggs tells Katniss that she's done the earning part and he'll do what he can to ensure she survives. Effie also tells Katniss that she hopes she can find the "[true] life of a victor." After all that happens, Katniss and Peeta do get there.
  • Easily Forgiven: After Katniss kills President Coin, Plutarch sends her a letter that among other things, advises her to wait until he could persuade the new President and the rest of Panem to forgive her. Sure enough, they do.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: President Snow admits at one point how, for all the things he does, he's not "wasteful." Unlike President Coin.
  • Everybody Knew Already: Katniss admits that she was never under orders to kill Snow; Cressida points out that none of them had believed her, but chose to trust it was the right thing anyway.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: The Capitol is a minefield with deadly (and sadistic) traps every ten steps.
  • Evil All Along: It turns out that Alma Coin intends to revive the Hunger Games with the children of the Capitol's leaders and is the one who caused the fire bombings in the first place.
  • False Flag Operation: A bomber painted to look like a Capitol ship drops aid canisters containing fire bombs. This makes it look like Snow bombed his own citizens just to slow down the rebels trying to overrun his mansion, causing his troops to turn on him and handing the rebels victory.
  • Forced to Watch: The fire bombing kills Prim right in front of Katniss.
  • From Bad to Worse: If Peeta strugging to regain his memories and Katniss losing most of Squad 451 to the Peacekeepers wasn't bad enough, Coin uses fire bombings to kill several children, including Prim, and seizes power from Snow so that she can become president. Not only that, but she plans to use the children of the Capitol's leaders as tributes for her symbolic Hunger Games.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: It's quite obvious that this is what would have happened if Coin had taken over. It's her proposal to stage a "revenge Games" using the children of Capitol leaders that convinces Katniss she's just as bad as Snow and would have become a dictator in her own right, thus pushing Katniss to assassinate her.
  • Get Out!:
    • Katniss says "goodbye" in an undeniably final way to Gale, after he admits he doesn't know if it was his bombs that killed Prim.
    • Also, she's not happy to see Buttercup at first upon arriving home in District 12.
      Katniss: Prim is gone! Get out! Get out!!
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We don't see what the district residents do to Snow after Katniss is detained.
  • Graceful Loser: Snow reveals to Katniss that he was already on the verge of surrendering before Coin dropped the bombs outside his mansion.
  • Grand Finale: The film serves as the finale to the quadrilogy.
  • Happily Ever After: The epilogue implies that not only does democracy come at last to Panem, but that District 12 is repopulated as a pastoral paradise.
  • Heart in the Wrong Place: Katniss supposedly shoots President Coin directly in the heart, and yet when we see her the arrow is just under the left shoulder, level with the armpit, in a position where the left lung ought to be. Sure, she could have died from a punctured lung instead, if proper medical attention wasn't available (which would be rare, considering who she was), but certainly not from heart related wounds.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Finnick didn't live long enough to see his and Annie's child.
  • Heroic BSoD: Katniss has a total breakdown when Prim dies.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Katniss loses it when Prim's cat returns to the house. She screams and cries that Prim isn't coming back as she throws things at the cat.
  • Ironic Echo: President Snow reminds Katniss about their "promise" not to lie to each other after telling her about President Coin's actions.
  • Jump Scare: When Squad 451 is underground. They know they are being followed, but there's nothing in sight, even after checking multiple times. Then Jackson looks back one more time...
  • Just Following Orders: President Coin played District 13 and the Rebellion at large like a fiddle. Something that Gale realized far too late.
  • Light Is Not Good: Tellingly, President Coin's outfits grow ever lighter and less utilitarian even as she's revealed to be evil.
  • Man Behind the Man: The epilogue reveals that this is what Plutarch becomes to the elected President, who'll do whatever it takes to make sure democracy sticks for good.
  • Manipulative Bastard: President Coin, who ultimately conned District 13 and the others into putting herself in power. Even President Snow admits how well she pulled it off, though her "presidency" doesn't last too long.
  • Mirroring Factions: The rebels and the Capitol during the siege of the city, specifically in the assault on Snow's mansion: the rebels hide among the refugees and, when they open fire, both sides don't even try and watch their fire, causing refugees to be cut down in droves. President Snow then only allows children past the cordon directly to his mansion, and it's clear he's planning on using them as human shields. Then the rebels bomb the kids by using a Capitol plane to drop fake aid packages. Coin's plan for a "Revenge Hunger Games" then shows that she's no different from Snow.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The wedding scene is mostly happy, but the music turns somber when Katniss gives Prim a parting hug before she leaves for the Capitol. This is the last time they see each other. The next time, it is in a war zone, it's unclear if Prim recognizes Katniss, and she is killed before she could get to her.
    • The invasion of the Capitol. It starts out hectic, only to go silent when a Capitol hovercraft flies through and drops packages attacked in balloons. Katniss even stops to ponder as the packages reach the children. BOOM.
  • More Dakka: One of the traps in the Capitol is a pair of machine guns that fire about 500 rounds when they are triggered. Star Squad 451 is even slightly amused by this trap when it completely destroys a gate with only normal bullets.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Gale suffers this, upon realizing that he's one of those unwittingly involved in President Coin's bombing plan, which in turn killed Prim. And as far as Katniss is concerned, he's dead to her.
  • Never Found the Body: In an indirect way. When Katniss is shot during the liberation of District 2, Snow knows she survived because the resistance doesn't immediately treat her like a martyr.
  • Nothing Personal: Gale tells Katniss that he would have expected her of all people to know that what they're doing in the war against the Capitol isn't personal. She shoots back that she of all people knows that it's all personal.
  • Not Me This Time: When Snow is confronted by Katniss about the bombing that killed Prim, he tells her that he wasn't responsible, citing the fact that he would not do something so petty unless it benefited him. It was actually Coin, as a gambit to destroy his support and end the war.
  • Ominous Obsidian Ooze: One of the many traps deployed against the rebels in the Capitol is a wave of a black tar-like gunk that threatens to engulf anyone in its path.
  • The Pardon: After Katniss kills President Coin, she's told to stay hidden until emotions die down a bit and the next President can officially pardon her.
  • Playing Both Sides: As it turns out Plutarch Heavensbee has been playing Presidents Snow and Coin against each other, all in his efforts to bring real democracy to Panem. Katniss is his ace in the hole.
  • President for Life: How Coin ultimately seeks to guarantee her power, making herself "interim" President, with a proper election being postponed indefinitely. When Katniss understands this, she makes sure it's a short term.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Plutarch's final message to Katniss is delivered via a letter, while he was supposed to talk to her personally. Unfortunately, Philip Seymour Hoffman died with one week of shooting left. They were at least able to provide the plausible explanation that someone as important as Plutarch couldn't risk people seeing him with President Coin's assassin.
  • Red Shirt Army: Lieutenant Jackson and her unit practically have signs written on their foreheads that they will be killed off.
  • Revenge by Proxy: President Coin wants to force Capitol kids into one final version of the Hunger Games. Johanna Mason adds that President Snow has a granddaughter.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Once the rebels take the fight to the Capitol, you can see their tactics become more brutal and morally ambiguous. For example, when President Snow offers to open his mansion as a refugee camp, the rebels disguise themselves as refugees to get close enough to open fire, completely disregarding the fact that actual refugees and civilians are in their line of fire. It also doesn't help that President Coin wanted to restart the Hunger Games using Capital children. Thankfully, Katniss and Plutarch manage to save the revolution from collapsing in on itself.
  • Rousing Speech:
  • Say My Name: The instant that Finnick is dragged back into the sewers by the mutts, spelling his certain death, Katniss screams his name twice. He screams her name back in turn, and Katniss performs a Mercy Kill on him shortly after, blowing him and the mutts devouring him up.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The holo that reveals the location of the pods has a self-destruct code in case of capture. Katniss uses it to Mercy Kill Finnick when he's attacked by a dozen mutts.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Katniss disobeys orders and takes the film crew and Star Squad to assassinate Snow and end the war. She gets Jackson, Homes, Castor, Finnick, and Messalla killed and manages to arrive at the exact same time as the rebel army. To rub salt in the wound, she fails to reach the palace before Snow surrenders, rendering the entire mission pointless.
  • Shout-Out: Katniss' hooded cape attire looks similar to the black Mia Dearden/Speedy II costume from the Green Arrow comics.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: In the final scene, Katniss confides to her baby — her second child — that her experiences have scarred her for life.
  • Stock Footage: Philip Seymour Hoffman died with one week of shooting left. His character's presence was established in the ending scenes by use of footage from his films, digitally inserted.
  • Storming the Castle: The film finally shows the raiding of the Capitol.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • When Katniss tries swaying the remaining pro-Capitol "loyalists" in District 2, one of them just fires a pistol point-blank at her chest. A good thing though that her outfit was designed to be bulletproof, even if it left her with some nasty bruises.
    • Katniss thinks she can hitchhike a ride to the Capitol and cross an area full of people without being noticed. She forgets that she's the most famous person in Panem...
    • Katniss, who has undergone military training for a few months at best, thinks that she can lead a squad to sneak through the Capitol and assassinate Snow. She gets nearly all of them killed and fails to kill Snow before the war is declared over. The only "achievement" she gets is watching Prim's death on front seats.
    • When Katniss and Gale try to sneak into Snow's manor by posing as refugees, they disguise themselves with hooded cloaks to make sure nobody sees their faces. Unfortunately, Peacekeepers are in the crowd, checking every refugee who passes through. Also, the rebels get the same idea as Katniss.
  • Tragic Keepsake: It is heavily implied that Katniss takes Buttercup as her pet (despite them disliking each other) after Prim dies.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: One trailer consists largely of an emotional montage of Katniss and Prim. It's not too hard to guess what that means, even if you haven't read the book.
  • Trash the Set: The Capitol is utterly trashed by the rebellion.
  • Urban Ruins: The Capitol is reduced to this by its second part, between the hundreds of traps the Gamemakers have placed all over the city and the bombings by the rebel insurgency.
  • Uriah Gambit: Peeta is sent along with Katniss, supposedly for propaganda reasons. It's quickly realized that Coin is likely hoping Peeta will snap and kill her, since as a martyr Katniss doesn't pose a political threat.
  • Villain Has a Point: Alma Coin declaring herself Interim President until the time is right for elections is presented as evidence of their villainous, power-hungry nature, but considering that Panem has just emerged from a bloody civil war with the Capitol and most of the districts in ruins, it would be perfectly reasonable to focus on political and economic reconstruction first rather than holding immediate elections, and that there would need to be leadership in place during this time to stop Panem from descending into chaos.
  • War Is Hell: The film doesn't shy away from the more brutal aspects of war.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: As in the book, we never find out the fate of Caesar Flickerman, who is last seen broadcasting Katniss' apparent death for the Capitol audiences, or Snow's personal assistant, Egeria, who gets dropped from the plot as soon as the rebels take hold of the Presidential Palace despite being possibly there the entire time.
  • Wham Line: While some people might have doubts about Coin being evil, the moment she reveals that she intends to perform a Hunger Games with the Capitol children immediately clears any tone that the scene had in question and starts playing a bit of sinister music as Katniss and the others stew and vote right afterwards.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Peeta reads a letter from Annie stating that Gale is taking military training in District 2, while Katniss' mother is teaching new medics in the Capitol. Attached to the letter is a photo of Annie with her son. Later, Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch watch Paylor's inauguration as the new President of Panem on TV.
  • Xenomorph Xerox: The mutts chasing Squad 451 in the sewer. They are gangly white humanoids with Eyeless Faces and wicked fangs who fearlessly attack by drove.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • After District 2 falls to the rebels, Snow poisons his defense minister at a state dinner.
    • It's strongly implied that Plutarch realized that President Coin wasn't who she purports to be, and arranged events to make it possible for Katniss to kill her.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Boggs warns Katniss that Coin is taking this view, and that Katniss' greatest use would be as a martyr for the rebellion.
    • It's implied that Plutarch eventually came to see Coin as having outlived her usefulness. Thus setting events up for Katniss to assassinate her.

"Did you have a nightmare? I have nightmares, too. Someday I'll explain it to you. Why they came, why they won't ever go away. But I'll tell you how I survive it. I make a list in my head of all the good things I've seen someone do. Every little thing I can remember. It's like a game. I do it over and over. Gets a little tedious after all these years, but there are much worse games to play."
Katniss Everdeen


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Alternative Title(s): The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2, Mockingjay


How a Revolution Dies

In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1," Katniss is asked to film a 'propo' to rouse the people of Panem. ("People of Panem, we fight, we dare to end this hunger for justice!") Her performance, however, is so stiff and sadly uninspiring, that her old mentor Haymitch Abernathy enters the room, giving a slow clap and declaring that that's how a revolution dies.

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