Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Michelle Forbes, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Synopsis: With the games now destroyed and in pieces, Katniss Everdeen is now underground in District 13. Under the leadership of President Alma Coin and the advice of her friends, Kantiss becomes the “Mockingjay” and the symbol of the rebellion for the people.
Review: Katniss starts off emotionally damaged after the events of the last Hunger Games. I find this very realistic that she is suffering from some sort of post traumatic stress. I find it laughable how other movies show the hero killing people and shrug it off like its no big deal that they just killed some one. When Vets come back from war there not exactly the same due to all the warfare they have been in. I also like how Katniss’s friends are there to support her and build her back up. To get her back on track Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) arranges her to physically see what has happened to the other districts. This series of events compel her to become the face of the rebellion.
The movie starts off in a underground bunker that is being used as a mother base for the rebellions operations. Here the rebellion uses Katniss’s image to build up the resistance and plan for war with Snow in the capitol. Plutarch and President Alma Coin use social engineering as a means of fanning the flames of rebellion to weaken the capitol from the inside before an all out assault.
I like how President coin does not believe in Katniss’s ability to influence the rebellion, but she slowly learns what she can accomplish using Katniss’s abilities. Plutarch can see something more in Katniss that even Katniss can’t see within her self. All of the actors due a solid job in this film.
This is a much slower Hunger Games movie than the rest. It focuses more on character development. What motivates the characters to keep going even after they have lost so much. Strangely this one feels somewhat out of place for a Hunger Games movie. Its not a bad movie, just very different from the rest. The film is shot well. The action scenes that are in the film are done well. Being that this film takes place in an underground bunker it feels claustrophobic at times, but that is the point. The film is passable.
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