The thing about The Hunger Games, something that fans of both the books and the movie completely understand, is that the series starts dark and just gets darker. The Battle Royale premise of kids fighting each other to the death ends up exploding a broken caste system and revealing government lies—which culminates underground in District 13, the forgotten, bombed-to-all-hell secret society in Panem.
But, the revelation of District 13 actually gives more texture to the Hunger Games world. The technology is a mix of futuristic and dated. The underground lair is a stark contrast to the open spaces of the previous films. And Katniss’ mental state reflects the world around her—quickly falling apart.
This featurette, which features Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence, and Elizabeth Banks (plus more) discussing the way in which they built the dark, strange world of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, not only highlights the battle that Katniss has ahead of her, but what it was really like to live inside of District 13.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and On-Demand March 6.