November 30, 2014

The Revolution Will be Televised

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By CALVIN PATTEN

“It’s the worst torture in the world, waiting when you know there is nothing you can do,” President Coin (Julianne Moore) of the 13th district explains to Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) near the end of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1. President Coin could be speaking for the audience — as the first half of a single novel, Mockingjay drags and looks at some rubble and drags again. However, while this movie is slower and less impressive than Catching Fire, it sneaks up on you, with a surprisingly eloquent and cynical look at governments, movements and, ultimately, revolutions, making it a much more thoughtful film than the young adult genre would normally suggest.

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