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Film review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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If you’ve not seen the first three Hunger Games movies, stop what you're doing at this very moment, watch them on Netflix, then buy a ticket to see the final instalment: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. This movie was phenomenal!

The same storyline evolves over the course of these movies, so it’s important to start at the beginning, otherwise you’ll have no clue as to who people are, how/why the characters are interacting in such a why, and basically anything else that’s going on. Also, if you read this review about Mockingjay – Part 2, it’s going to spoil the previous three movies in the series. So… you’ve been warned.

Mockingjay – Part 2 is such a smart action movie. Because of Mockingjay – Part 1 (which really focused on the inception of District 13 and its plotting of the revolution), I expected to miss out on a lot of the crazy action scenes that take place during the actual Hunger Games, but I was happy to find that this movie delivered way more action than I anticipated.

As for the action, I enjoyed the Hunger Games-like scenes because of the creative booby-traps and unique methods of destruction that are employed to thwart the resistance and ultimately, kill Katniss. From fire hoses to automatic weapons to molten tar, the Capitol spare no expense when it came to terminating the resistance. My favourite was a new type of creature called a “mutt” that is just as scary as it looks and tries its best to kill Katniss’s squadron in the sewers. That scene literally had me shouting in fear in the theatre.

Katniss struggles with her identity as a soldier vs. a symbolic political figure. Katniss wants to fight, and expresses often that she wants to be the one to kill the sadistic President Snow once the resistance reaches the Capitol. But, the Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) believes it is better to keep Katniss out of harm’s way to ensure her safety, which is the only way to secure the rebels’ victory.

There’s an awkward moment shared between Peeta and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) where they discuss who would be the better suitor for Katniss. I find it odd that in the midst of war, these boys are trying to determine which of them Katniss will choose once it’s all over, assuming all three of them live. So, along with being the face of a rebellion, assassinating the evil President Snow, and being the most hunted person in Panem, Katniss also has to deal with a love triangle.

With this being the final instalment of the series, it definitely didn't disappoint. You have to think how movie series usually end…with a BANG! I was predicting that someone was going to die…but not an ancillary character…someone important to the plot or important to the main character. Could Katniss herself survive, when every resource at President Snow’s disposal is being channelled to kill her? Could it be Peeta, who’s sacrificed his mental health for Katniss’s safety, only to return to her broken and an immediate threat to her and himself? Could it be Gale, Katniss’s love interest before she even volunteered in the Hunger Games? Please watch and find out!

I’m giving this movie a 5/5 because the ending is something completely unpredictable! You’ll be quite satisfied with your investment. I’ll add that the 3D enhanced my experience! I highly recommend the same.

Marcus Garlington lives at Liberty Court in London, he is from Kansas City in Missouri, and is in his 2nd year studying Journalism at City University London.

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