In the conclusion of the global-phenomenon, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) stakes her claim as the leader of District 13 and commands the revolution against the brutal dictatorship of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the Capitol. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, and Julianne Moore all return to reprise their roles one last time, with Francis Lawrence continuing his directorial duties. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Dormer, Julianne Moore, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson.
Release Date: Nov 20, 2015
Rated PG-13 for Intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material
Runtime: 2 hr. 16 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is unfortunately a laborious slog to the finish line of the franchise. It’s never a particularly bad movie Francis Lawrence’s direction is solid throughout as are most of the performances from the films cast. Jennifer Lawrence is fairly comfortable in Katniss skin and she does a solid job of showing us all sides of the character’s constant perturbness. Donald Sutherland does get plenty of credit for perfecting the art of eyebrow acting. The biggest issue at play here is the film’s story just isn’t that interesting. The story plays out exactly as expected throughout with very little surprise and it never really builds to a crescendo to finish off the story. It’s probably a result of unnecessarily stretching the story out to 2 films when it could have been handled ably in 1 film. As it stands the final film delivers some solid action sequences and throws some character deaths at you to keep you awake during the 2 hours plus runtime but none of it carries all that much weight when it’s all said and done.