The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2(2015)
- RatedPG13 /GenreAdventure, Science Fiction
‘Mockingjay Part 2’ is the most riveting and moving film in the franchise, rounding out Katniss Everdeen’s tumultuous journey from an unwitting participant in an all-stakes survival-of-the-fittest game to an unwitting leader of a rebellion.
Based on the best-selling novels by Suzanne Collins, ‘The Hunger Games’ movies have always been regarded as the smartest and most engaging as compared to its peers in the Young Adult genre.
The way the movies satirizes politics, reality television, and the media is drenched in wit – more so than straight-up satires – and painfully current.
Picking up right where ‘Part 1’ ended, the new film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) coping with the fact that the just-rescued Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has been brainwashed by the Capitol to believe that she is the enemy.
Katniss, Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finick (Sam Claflin) and a group of elite soldiers then prepare to invade the Capitol in the hopes of assassinating the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and ending his reign of terror over Panem.
But Snow is privy to their plan and has set a trap (many in fact) to crush the rebellion in the Capitol, effectively turning the whole city into a Hunger Games arena. In one set-piece, Katniss and her crew are almost drowned in a river of oil.
Back at home base, rebel leaders President Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died during production) mull over Katniss’ value as the Mockingjay -- that she may be worth more as a martyr now.
DARKEST MOVIE IN SERIES
As the series wear on, it takes on a darker shade with every movie, and ‘Part 2’ is the bleakest. Director Francis Lawrence takes the saga into deeper and profound territory. Here, the heroes must grapple with the nature of war and propaganda.
‘Part 2’ is more ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’ than your average teen flick. The deaths here are devastatingly brutal and grows more gruesome as Katniss and her crew inch their way to their target.
Predictably, Jennifer Lawrence shines again in this fitting send-off of one of cinema’s greatest heroes. The 25-year-old steals every scene she’s in, bringing real depth to Katniss whose emotional vulnerability belie her steely exterior.
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No one can deny how Lawrence elevated this franchise from its pulpy teen roots into a global phenomenon that transcends the age divide. The series has earned more than US$2.2 billion worldwide to date.
The film’s illustrious supporting cast, from Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer, Jeffrey Wright and Stanley Tucci, also leave their mark with whatever little screen time they have.
If anything, ‘Part 2’ brings the saga to a satisfying end; with all the different threads neatly tied and closed.
‘The Hunger Games: Mocking jay Part 2’ opens 19 November 2015