Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) returns for a fourth and final time in the rather underwhelming and disappointing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

Starting from exactly where we left off in Mockingjay Part 1 Katniss is still in District 13 where she is being used by President Cion (Julianne Moore) as the face of the rebellion.

However becoming sick of being used a pawn in a bigger game Katniss takes it upon herself to go and kill President Snow (Donald Pleasance). After gathering together a small band of soldiers, including Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), who has been brain washed by Snow into thinking that Katniss is now the enemy, and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss sets out for the Capital of Panem and the Presidential Palace where Snow is holed up.

Once they get to the capital they find that Snow's set up various booby traps that are all designed to kill the wood be assassins. Along the way the team have to deal with mutants that inhabit the city's sewerage system and rivers of a tar like substance where even the minimal of contact kills the person stone dead.

The special effects are, as we have come to expect from the previous films, first class, the problem is, and I'm speaking as someone who thought the first three films were fantastic, Mockingjay Part 2 feels like the story has been stretched so thin that it's about to grind to a halt. Talkier than any of the other three films it's hard to keep interested between the action scenes, and the ending feels as if it goes on and on forever.

It was always a danger trying to stretch one book out to two films, it was tried with some degree of success with the final Twilight instalment, however sadly it appears that it's not worked nearly so successfully with The Hunger Games. Characters, including Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) who were so important in the previous films, now feel like bit part players, and sadly it's very noticeable that the sad death of Philip Seymour Hoffman left a big void in the story line that was hard to fill.

If you were just taking the first three films alone then The Hunger Games would have been a classic trilogy, sadly the film makers quest to draw more money from the cinema going public has made the finally a bit of a damp squib and so very very disappointing.




The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (3D)

2h 17m

starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone

UK Release: Thursday 19th November 2015


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