The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has finally satiated Suzanne Collins fans by dropping its debut trailer last night on the MTV Movie Awards and now the web, just as Peeta Mellark would drop a marble rye in the mud.
When we last left our doting District 12 tributes, they gave the system a proverbial middle finger by breaking the rules of the 74th Hunger Games by, you know, living. That feat by Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) was accomplished with a concocted courtship, which stirred the once-ravaged and beaten population towards seeing that the rule of the Capitol government and its disingenuous director, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is not quite as powerful as they once thought, which apparently scares the crap out of them. It is this aspect that seems to be the prevailing theme of this debut trailer. The sinister Snow, now colluding with a new head gamemaker (seeing as the last one apparently met a "berry" ignominious death,) named Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), seems to have a multitude of malicious machinations designed to fix this PR nightmare.
The trailer won't exactly leaving you hanging about the motives of the sinister Snow and Heavensbee. They want Katniss and Peeta DEAD...but they have to play it cool and calculated so as to not aggravate the newly-perked proletariat. While we see the plan go into action that's making people Katniss cares about (i.e. the dudes in her life stuck in "the friend zone") suffer like Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), it's evidently designed to chip away at the empowering nature of the heroic District 12 twosome. Eventually, the evil undynamic duo also come to the conclusion that ALL of the existing winners of past Hunger Games could represent similar potential threats and the trailer concludes with the part of the plan which will dominate the film: The 75th Hunger Games' "Quarter Quell" twist, which will bring back each and every one of them...to die.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tries to eliminate beacons of hope with extreme prejudice when it hits theaters on November 22. Check out the debut trailer below...now!