The districts are in battle, the capitol is losing control, and ‘Panem’ is in ruins. Who will be the hero to save these people from oblivion? In Part one our heroes were close to finding a way to end the capitols control over ‘Panem’ and putting together an army to do so. But is their ‘Mockingjay’ the hero they need?
We continue the story with the battle of the district’s against the Capitol of ‘Panem’. Currently, district thirteen is in a confrontation with district two over the underground armory in the mines. The capitol armies are storing their arms and supplies for the battle, and a victory will help cripple the capitol’s defenses.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is helping district thirteen to try and defeat the Capitol leader President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his faithful armies. With help from Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), and several other soldiers under direction from President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), they plan to infiltrate the capitol to attempt an assignation of President Snow.
Peeta is now safe with district thirteen, but is still struggling from his imprisonment in the capitol. He suffers from understanding what is real and cannot determine how to control his anger from what was falsely instilled into his brain. Katniss has to find a way to convince Peeta that he is important to the team and help him sort out his true feelings.
As the team embarks on its mission they must battle a different sort of game that this team is fully aware of. President Snow puts the game makers to work and they put together an interesting set of pieces into this dangerous competition.
Director Francis Lawrence has the job of tying the sequences together and to find a way to conclude this four part series. He does an excellent job piecing the storyline together and using special effects to create the game our heroes have to face. This war stricken world is in ruins and is a big challenge to bring this all to the screen. But Lawrence finds a way to present it all and keep with the stories theme.
Final Grade: I give this an A- for its excellent special effects, storyline, and well directed conclusion.
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, and Jena Malone.
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writer: Peter Craig (screenplay), Danny Strong (screenplay), and Suzanne Collins (adaptation and novel “Mockingjay”).
Runtime: 137 minutes (2 hours and 17 minutes).
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material.
Genre: Adventure and Sci-Fi
Production Company: Color Force, Lionsgate, and Studio Babelsberg.