13 portraits from ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ that make war seem a little too sexy

10.26.15 1 year ago

French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “When the rich wage war, it”s the poor who die.” It used to be that unless your high school English teacher assigned “Les Miserables” or “All Quiet on the Western Front,” this lesson was taught first hand in combat – war is always in season – or through media like film or video games.

Then along came “The Hunger Games” which may be the most nihilistic young adult series since “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman. But where “Hunger Games” diverges is in the execution of the reality of war. Yes, the children of the poor are the ones who suffer the most. But the glossy veneer of adventure and honor perpetuated by the propaganda campaign makes dying seem almost appealing.

“The Hunger Games” Instagram account understands this. From Katniss to Cressida, they”ve collected portraits of each Rebel to stoke the fires of patriotism as the rebellion coalesces into a fighting force in the finale. So whether the propaganda is coming from the Capitol – as in previous installments – or from District 13, mortal danger has never looked so unsettlingly sexy.

#1: Katniss Everdeen

 

The Mockingjay prepares to address the nation of Panem. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 19, 2015 at 2:54pm PDT

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#2: Gale Hawthorne

 

#GaleHawthorne strives to bring Panem closer to freedom. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 19, 2015 at 5:33pm PDT

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#3: Peeta Mellark

 

#PeetaMellark has come a long way from the bakery in District 12. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 19, 2015 at 4:03pm PDT

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#4: Cressida

 

#Cressida returns to the Capitol in order to bring it down. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 18, 2015 at 2:30pm PDT

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#5: Finnick Odair

 

District 4's former victor #FinnickOdair lands in the thick of war. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 22, 2015 at 9:11am PDT

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#6: Johanna Mason

 

Not even the Capitol could break #JohannaMason. #MockingjayPart2.

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 20, 2015 at 10:32am PDT

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#7: Boggs

 

#Boggs – a trusted ally in the Revolution that will redefine Panem. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 20, 2015 at 1:57pm PDT

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#8: Leeg 1 and Leeg 2

 

Sharpshooters #Leeg1 and #Leeg2 brace themselves for battle. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 20, 2015 at 9:37am PDT

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#9: Messalla

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#10: Castor

 

Capturing footage from the battlefields, #Castor reveals the brutal reality of war. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 20, 2015 at 2:57pm PDT

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#11: Pollox

 

#Castor's brother #Pollux is a silent but strong soldier. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 18, 2015 at 10:16am PDT

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#12: Commander Paylor

 

The rallying words of #CommanderPaylor preps Panem”s rebels for the Revolution of the century. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 20, 2015 at 5:05pm PDT

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#13: Commander Lyme

 

A past victor joins the rebellion… #CommanderLyme. #MockingjayPart2

A photo posted by The Hunger Games (@thehungergames) on Oct 7, 2015 at 4:07pm PDT

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 2” arrives in theaters on November 20, 2015.

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