Cubicle Warrior Movie Review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”

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Quick review: Hold onto your mockingjay pins! If you recall, the mockingjay pin is supposed to be a sign of hope, but it turns out to be a lightning rod for bad things to happen. The point of this movie is to build up to the grand finale that will occur in the final installment, assuming more actors do not kill themselves off. The movie is a bit long in the tooth, but is put together well and adequately inserts funny or romantic moments in between scenes of dystopian despair and moral depravity. Despite everything I just said, I highly recommend you go watch this movie. 4/5 stars.

Not-so-quick review: Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, who grew even stronger as a heroine in the the past few movies is suddenly reduced to a blubbering bystander with boobs (which you can inspect for yourself on and…the boobs, not the movie character) as she goes into hiding in an underground fortress in District 13. Her home, District 12 has been reduced a pile of rubble that looks only slightly worse than downtown Detroit. Barely. For those of you who have spent more time at than at the movie theater, remember that in “Catching Fire”, Katniss Everdeen turned the Quarter Quell upside down by destroying the Hunger Games arena with a well placed arrow, and now the only semblance of order in the dystopian society has been removed and the Capital is firebombing any district that rebels. Even displaying the mockingjay symbol is considered a firebombing offense. Katniss and District 12 engage in a propaganda war over the airwaves of mandatory viewing television, with a captured and brainwashed Peeta countering Katniss over the airwaves until the big battle before the cliffhanger tease for part 2.

As a military guy, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the accurate employment of electronic warfare, military deception (MILDEC), psychological operations, signals intelligence (SIGINT), cyber network attack (CNA), counter integrated air defense (C-IADS), special operations forces (SOF), and, the most important part, a military dining facility (DFAC). Not only do I give this movie a 4/5, I would also rank this as a top 50 movie for the decade. “Catching Fire” was probably better, but this installment is a must-see.


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