Though equally dark and the body count does rise, the film steers more towards a war-set scenario than the sadistic killing ritual of the Hunger Games. It will, however, not sit well, considering the recent Paris attacks. In fact, parts of the final instalment were filmed in France.
The cast paid tribute to the victims of the attack at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles on Monday by wearing Mockingjay pins adorned with ribbons in the colours of the French flag. According to Entertainment Weekly, “Lionsgate scaled back the premiere in the wake of the attacks, cancelling all red carpet interviews at the event.”
It is the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy and the second instalment in the Mockingjay adaptation. In Part 1, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) shatters the games forever as she leads the rebellion for Panem. But the war is not over yet.
The battle in Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol. In Part 2, the revered Katniss, now known as the Mockingjay, will need to lead an army from the District 13 unit against President Snow (Donald Sutherland), for the liberation of its people. It is her last mission and the fight to end all games – but it’s more than mere survival. She is fighting for the future of her people, even if it means risking her life in the process.
Lawrence is confident in her role as Katniss, remaining steadfast and on top of her game. Particular praise should also be given to fellow victor Jena Malone, who returns as the sassy and dominant Johanna Mason. They are joined by an all-star supporting cast, welcoming back Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland to the big screen for the final chapter of this compelling and thought-provoking film.
It is the year’s most anticipated film and it doesn’t disappoint. As always, sequences are jam-packed with quality graphics. Katniss is challenged not only by her enemies but comes face to face with her morality in the process.