With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.
ActorsStarring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Mahershala Ali, Wes Chatham, Natalie Dormer, Elden Henson, Evan Ross, Patina Miller, Paula Malcomson, Stef Dawson, Meta Golding, Gwendoline Christie, Robert Knepper, Omid Abtahi, Eugenie Bondurant, Sarita Choudhury, Brandon Cyrus, Michelle Forbes
The fourth and final part of Hunger Games franchise is a much more robust animal than Part 1, the runt of the litter. The thin storyline in the first part could easily have been combined with this one and it smacks of spinning out the income stream.
That said however, the final film, restoring a tense narrative and stylish production, was a fitting end to what has been a stand out series. What’s not to like about a film that serves up strong roles for women AND a political message. (The universal and everlasting ‘when times are tough get the wage slaves to argue amongst themselves to distract from the real enemy, the elite’). The action sequences and effects are spectacular as Katniss and her band of commandos edge their way into the booby trapped Capitol to assassinate President Snow. As Katniss realises that one ruling elite is no different to its replacement the final outcome is flagged way in advance. I’m conflicted about the ending. Not to give too much away it seemed contrived, artificial and tagged on but on the other hand, maybe we needed that conventional reassurance?