The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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Jennifer Lawrence has proven herself to be an amazing actress (I’m still surprised more people haven’t seen her first film — Winter Bones). Lately, she’s been going on and on about women making less than men in Hollywood (even though she probably made $40 million for this film alone). I’d prefer she rant about studios that do money grabs like this. You see, the Hunger Games series of books probably had one good movie that could’ve been made. Instead, we got four. The last two were a lot like the last two Harry Potter films — they could’ve easily tied things up in one film, if not for the money grab the studios were interested in. Where is Lawrence to complain about that?

Things get rather redundant here, and the fight scenes are hardly of interest.

The gang has to march through the main district of Panem (reminding us old movie fans of films like The Warriors or Escape from New York), to kill President Snow (Donald Sutherland).   The rebel faction is led by President Coin (Julianne Moore), and her sidekick is her Boogie Nights co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman (who doesn’t do much but stand around looking concerned).   There’s a subplot with Catniss (Lawrence) trying to help Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) come out of the brainwashing that he went through. There’s no surprises on what will happen (even if you haven’t read the books). Everything about this movie is predictable, but it’s gunning for the teenagers, and they’ll eat all this up.

It takes almost an hour for the crew to get into the Capitol, and once they get in, the games begin. Lots of dangerous traps, the most ludicrous being a bunch of mutant zombie creatures that attack. Not sure how the game makers could do that, and a few of the people sitting around me wondered the same thing. Even if the set pieces look interesting, we’ve seen similar things in previous films. Things even start to repeat themselves in this movie, with conversations always feeling so redundant.

This becomes just another conventional action picture, and unless you’re a hardcore fan of the series, it’s probably best to skip it.

I’m giving it 1 1/2 stars out of 5.

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