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Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1

 

Mockingjay is the third instalment of the smash hit franchise Hunger Games.

Mockingjay begins in the immediate aftermath of the dramatic end of Catching Fire. After Katniss strikes the surface of the dome covering the games, rebels from District 13 rescue Katniss and another contestant Finnick Odair.

We quickly learn, contrary to what the Capitol has said, District 13 still exists and has most of the planets military arsenal. As the film unfolds, we learn that after the war which brought about the Hunger Games, there was a secret settlement between the Capitol and District 13 in order to stop extinction of the human race.

The viewer also learns that Alma Coin is District 13’s president and has been seeking a symbol to lead the rebel uprising, and she believes Katniss is that symbol.

Katnis is unsure at first if she can full fill what District 13 wants her to do, and is apprehensive about being used as a symbol. However, after returning to her home district which has been completely inilated by the capitols air force the films hero begins to believe in the fight and the cause.

Both Katnis and Peta are being used as propaganda tools by their respective side. A film crew made up of disgruntled Capitol residents follow Katnis in her day to day pursuits. On the Capitol side, Peta appears in interviews sporadically broadcast to the entire nation. In these interviews Peta begs Katnis and the rebels to stop their uprising.

Katnis is captured singing the Mockingjay song after witnessing the devastating effects of a Capitol attack, which becomes a rebel anthem. Petas’ appearance gradually deteriorates in each interview, and in the final interview he looks very distressed, but still manages to warn District 13 off an immediate attack.

The film’s final sequence centres on the rebels attempt to rescue Peta from the Capitol. The rebels manage to enter the capitol seemingly undetected and get Peta. But in a broadcast between Katnis and President Snow, the rebels learn that their exploits have been uncovered, but strangely they succeed.

Peta and Katnis are reunited in the final sequence of the film, with Katnis embracing her Games partner. Peta suddenly tries to strangle Katnis and is only stopped by Haymitch Abernathy and the film ends. The final part of the franchise Mockingjay: Part 2 is due to be released later this year.

Ulster manage to hold on in Galway

Ulster scored five tries in Galway, as they put provincial rivals Connacht to the sword.

In front of a sold out Sports ground, Ulster maintained second place in the Pro 12, for a couple of hours at least, with a convincing win over Connacht.

Ulster aided by some of their returning Irish internationals scored three tries without reply in the first half, to lead 17 nil at half time. Louis Ludik, and Craig Gilroy all crossed the white wash, with Paddy Jackson pulling the strings in midfield.

Connacht with the aid of a strong breeze and some lax Ulster tackling, scored the first try in the second half. Irish international winger Matt Healy got the westerners back in the game with a fine individual try. Miah Nikora added the conversion and a further penalty to cut the deficit to 17-10.

Ulster immediately replied and extended their lead, when Lions wing Tommy Bowe went over for his second try of the game.  Ruan Pinearr, who seemed to leave his kicking boots at Ravenhill, missed his third conversion from his fourth attempt. Jack Carty then added another Connaught penalty, to keep the score board ticking over and leave Connacht 22-10 down.

Ulster’s relentless work at the breakdown eventually paid dividend. From a driving maul Ulster managed to bundle Rory Best over for his first and Ulster’s fifth try of the day. Pienarr missed the conversion, to leave the away side 27-10 up.

Connacht didn’t give up and after some good work from the forwards, the ball was spread to fullback Tiernan O’Halloran who sprinted over to score Connacht’s second try of the match. Carty kicked the conversion and with just ten minutes to go, Connacht where only a converted try away from drawing the match.

Ulster managed to hang on for a bonus point win and move up to second place in table and into one of the home semi-final spots. Connacht get a losing bonus point, which may turn out to be invaluable in order to finish in one of the automatic Champions Cup positions in the league.

Connacht have a tough run in, facing Glasgow, Ospreys and Zebre in their final three games. Ulster also have a tricky end of season fixture list, having to play Leinster, Munster and Glasgow in the final rounds of the league.