Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2

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Aliens with razor sharp teeth, explosions, battles, and emotional scenes are what you can expect in the final installment of Suzanne Collin’s popular Hunger Game series, The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2. The opening scene has President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the army of the capital attacking the other districts of Panam. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), the reluctant leader of the rebellion, is using her notoriety to promote propaganda videos and motivate the people of Panam to fight back. The rebellion fighters eventually begin to turn the tide of the war and are moving in on the capital. In the meantime, President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and her right-hand man, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) plan a raid to infiltrate the capital with Squad 451 to kill President Snow. Drawn to the action, Katniss wants to go but President Snow tells her to stay home where it’s safe because she’s the voice of the rebellion. Of course Katniss disobeys orders (or there would be no last movie) and she sneaks off and joins the squad. The team includes several Hunger Game participants along with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) who sneak into the capital of the traps waiting for them. This is when the casualties begin to mount and even those closest to Katniss aren’t safe. This film is the darkest, most action-packed, and emotionally driven Hunger Games movie in the series. (It’s the longest if nothing else.) Of course, Jennifer Lawrence is in almost every scene and she gives her most emotional performance yet. It’s a shame this type of action film isn’t usually in the award race because Jennifer Lawrence should be nominated for a Golden Globe, Critics Choice or Academy Award. (I’m just a little partial to the Critics Choice Awards.) I don’t know if it’s the book or the director Francis Lawrence, but this film is well balanced with equal parts action and dialogue. Don’t worry Hunger Games fans, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks return as Haymite Abernathy and Effie Trinket along with the rest of the cast. This film is just a little too long and I’m giving it an A- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

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