‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’ (2014) review: A slow, depressing start to Katniss’ swan song

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1." (Murray Close/Lionsgate/MCT)

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” (Murray Close/Lionsgate/MCT)

Newest ‘Hunger Games’ long on exposition, short on action

You can call her a revolutionary, but Katniss Everdeen probably wouldn’t appreciate it much. It doesn’t help that she has the political acumen of a high school freshman running for student council.

But in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” our heroine doesn’t necessarily need that knowledge. She’s not the one pulling the strings here.

To be honest, she never has been. Such is the fate of the Girl on Fire: to be used in a miserable game of equal parts propaganda and violent bloodshed. The defiant girl from District 12, deadly accurate with her trademark bow and arrows, may be the face of the uprising against the dastardly Capitol, but you’ll discover early on that just as she’s using the rebels to get what she wants, everyone — good, bad, indifferent — is using Katniss to further their own pursuits. It’s a bit tragic, actually.

Click here to read the full review at TDN.com.

Three rebellious stars out of five.

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