As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.
After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? Written by
Gwendoline Christie replaced actress Lily Rabe as the Commander Lyme character in the film. Rabe was forced to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with a previous commitment to perform in "Much Ado about Nothing" at Shakespeare in the Park. See more »
The color contact lenses Julianne Moore wears for her role as President Alma Coin are clearly visible during a conversation with Plutarch Heavensbee, when they are looking at the screen after the arrival of Katniss in the Capitol. See more »
[Doctor removing neck brace from Katniss and examining her neck]
Okay... Okay, I know, I know. I'm sorry. I know it's a little tender.
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My main concern before seeing this movie was whether splitting the final instalment into two movies would actually work or whether it was just a monetary decision. The answer is unfortunately the latter. I really like the first movie, which was very personal and emotional. Catching Fire upped the spectacle and action brilliantly, but Mockingjay Part 1 just felt like a waste of time which Part 2 couldn't quite reconcile.
As a conclusion to the series, there were a number of points it needed to settle - the battle against the Capitol, Katniss's opposition with Snow, and the Peeta/Gale love triangle - and each one was disappointingly resolved. The four movies have been leading up to these moments, and they didn't pay off. Not only are they emotionally unsatisfying, but they sometimes feel quite out-of-character and unconvincing.
Having said that, some of the action is terrific (although the trailers spoilt most of it). Jennifer Lawrence can do no wrong, and she is possibly more uplifting than ever in this film as a strong, young, female role model. Also it was moving to see Philip Seymour Hoffman's final performance overshadowing the brilliant Julianne Moore, whose character arc was disappointingly predictable.
Although Francis Lawrence is great at directing big, explosive action set pieces, the series is too overstretched and baggy. The characters and audience alike feel weary - had Mockingjay just been one concise movie, some of the problems may have been alleviated. Unfortunately the final product is just a bit long, unconvincing and unsatisfying. Still better than Part 1 though!
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