The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, film review


This 2015 video from the USA is called The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Official Trailer – “We March Together”.

By Maria Duarte in Britain:

Last-lap triumph

Friday 20th November 2015

The final film in the Hunger Games series is a winner, says MARIA DUARTE

The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay Part 2 (12A)
Directed by Francis Lawrence
4/5

OSCAR-WINNING Jennifer Lawrence bids farewell to the empowering Katniss Everdeen in this riveting and compelling finale to the franchise which has grossed more than $2.2 billion worldwide and turned her into a global star.

Picking up exactly where the last film left off, Everdeen is still unable to get through to the brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) in the bunkers of District 13.

However, with Panem descending into war she heads for the Capitol with a crack unit which includes her closest friends Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Peeta to liberate the citizens and assassinate President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Director Francis Lawrence delivers a complex and emotionally charged final chapter with spectacular and nail-biting action sequences which is faithful to Suzanne Collins’s best-selling novel.

In this 76th Hunger Games, the team faces deadly booby traps and hideous creatures while being hunted down by President Snow’s troops.

In the sewer tunnels of the Capitol they are chased by mutant lizard mutts which seem to have stepped out of a Guillermo del Toro film.

Lawrence is magnificent once more as the battle-weary Everdeen, who finally embraces her role as leader of the rebellion while Hemsworth and Hutcherson are again merely a supporting act.

The film also explores the cost of war, its compromises, its devastating effects on survivors and the secret political agendas being pursued — District 13’s rebel leader President Coin (played brilliantly by Julianne Moore) isn’t as altruistic as she appears.

Bleak and brutal as it is, Everdeen’s final showdown with Snow underlines the hollowness of revenge. No-one emerges unscathed.

This is a fitting ending to one of the most in-depth, thought-provoking, action-packed and empowering tween franchises.

And watching the great Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last ever performance leaves a bitter-sweet taste.

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