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Times of India
The stage is set for a confrontation between rebel factions from the various districts, rallied together by Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and forces in the Capitol, ruled by President Snow (Sutherland).
What immediately makes this film more exciting than the previous installments in this series is that there's a lot of action, a few scares too, and plenty of thrills to keep fans of this franchise well entertained. The only downside though, is an overly-protracted ending, which is reminiscent of how long the ending of the final Lord of the Rings movie was.
It opens with a shot of Katniss being treated for her damaged throat. She tries to regain her voice. It's a telling shot, as it also symbolizes her conflicted emotions about being the symbol and the voice, so to speak, of the rebellion. She's weary of war and understandably scared of Peeta (Hutcherson) who had tried to kill her. Nonetheless, she loves him but hates how Snow has psychologically damaged Peeta. For her, the fight against Snow is therefore, personal. Katniss wants to be on the frontlines but the wily and media-savvy Alma Coin (Moore) wants to keep Katniss far away from the war to serve her own ulterior motives; Katniss is too important to be injured, killed or captured by Snow. The Mockingjay is more valuable to Coin alive rather than dead. Soon enough, Katniss becomes somewhat cynical about Coin's motives.
Director Lawrence also gives the other characters a greater sense of development with the result that the movie doesn't come across as a Jennifer Lawrence Glorification Vehicle. Hutcherson puts in a very nuanced performance as Peeta and Sutherland is brilliant as Snow. One of the highlights is a amazingly-shot subterranean scene in which Katniss and the squad take on relentless waves of crazed (think the beasts you would have seen in I Am Legend) creatures. It's something you might find in a horror film. In fact, Jo Willems' camerawork - especially the scenes in the Capitol - is by itself a highlight of the film. A fitting cap to the series.
The director, Francis Lawrence, considers this film as the most violent Hunger Games film in the series.
According to director Francis Lawrence, certain sequences in the film were so challenging that his team began work on them even before the part one of the Mockingjay adaptation was released.
Actress Lily Rabe was replaced by Gwendoline Christie as the Commander Lyme character in the film. Rabe chose to drop out of the film due to a tight schedule.
The new Mockingjay logo for Part 2 is seen at the end of Mockingjay Part 1, soon after the end credits.
The film was originally planned to be released globally in 3D.
The film stars three Academy Award winning actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Actresses Gwendoline Christie and Natalie Dormer also appeared together in Game of Thrones (2011).
While doing interviews, Jennifer Lawrence could not say much about the films as they filmed Mockingjay Part 1 and 2 at the same time.
Liam Hemsworth has said that this film could be the best in the series.
Katniss and Haymitch have a conversation towards the end of the film. In this scene, Katniss' costume has a large brass slider on its zipper. This slider is not visible in the wider shots.
In the scene where Katniss is seen speaking to Boggs in the square, the shot goes back and forth from showing her face to showing Boggs'. Between the shots, her hair moves from on the top of her hood to inside of her hood.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) recovers after nearly being murdered by Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), who has been "hijacked" by the Capitol. After rebel forces destroy the Capitol's weapons supply in District 2, with a plan developed by Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Beetee Latier (Jeffrey Wright), Katniss shoots a propaganda film about the influx of Capitol refugees arriving in District 13, who are mistreated and brutalized by the rebels. When she attempts to intervene in the situation, a fight breaks out, during which Katniss is shot.
During recovery, Katniss spirals into depression. She approaches President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and volunteers to kill President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland), but Coin declines in favor of preserving Katniss as the symbol of their revolution. During the wedding of Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Annie Cresta (Stef Dawson), Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) tells Katniss of an aircraft leaving for District 2, where Commander Paylor (Patina Miller) is planning an all-out assault on the Capitol. Sneaking aboard, Katniss is assigned to Squad 451, the "Star Squad", led by Boggs (Mahershala Ali). but later finds out that their mission is to trail behind the invasion and be the onscreen face of the rebellion. They use a holographic map called a Holo to evade "pods" (booby traps) created by Gamemakers which line the streets of the Capitol. Peeta is unexpectedly assigned to the team by Coin despite still being vulnerable to the Capitol's conditioning, and Boggs warns Katniss to be careful because she is seen by Coin as a threat to her power.
As they venture into the Capitol, they are ambushed by a hidden pod, and Boggs is fatally injured, transferring command of the unit to Katniss before dying. Another pod is triggered, which releases an avalanche of black ooze. Peeta's hijacking drives him to attack Katniss again, during which he pushes Mitchell (Joe Chrest) into the ooze but is restrained long enough for the squad to evade the avalanche and escape into a building. With Boggs dead and command passed down to her, Katniss lies and tells her squad that she is under orders from Coin to kill Snow. The Peacekeepers eventually find their hideout, however the squad was able to escape before they arrive. Peacekeepers bomb their hideout, killing the Leeg twins (Misty and Kim Ormiston) who stayed behind in the previous building because one of the twins was injured in the avalanche. The Capitol broadcasts a message with Snow announcing the supposed deaths of Squad 451 and of Peeta attacking Katniss, but Coin then hijacks the signal, and says that everyone should praise the sacrifice.
Nearing Snow's mansion, the team decides to venture into the Capitol's sewers, in order to reach the mansion underground, but Snow, realizing the Squad is still alive, ambushes them with monstrous reptilian creatures called mutts created by the Capitol. Commander Jackson (Michelle Forbes), Castor (Wes Chatham), and Homes (Omid Abtahi) are killed. After the fight that follows, a mutt pulls Finnick down as he is escaping, forcing Katniss to use the self-destruct mechanism on the Holo to end his suffering, destroying what was left of the mutts in the process. They are chased by Peacekeepers shortly after reaching the surface, during which a pod kills another squad member, Messalla (Evan Ross). The survivors eventually escape and take refuge in a shop, where a former Hunger Games stylist, Tigris (Eugenie Bondurant), hides them in her basement. While they all mourn the loss of the rest of their squad, Katniss confesses that she lied about her orders to kill Snow, and as a result of her lie, Finnick and the rest of the squad are dead. The squad reveal that they knew this all along, but went with her because they trusted her. Peeta comforts Katniss, saying that if she kills Snow, she will avenge the deaths of everyone who has died because of him. That night, Gale and Peeta discuss their love triangle, with Gale stating he thinks Peeta has won her over, but Peeta thinks that Gale has. Gale tells Peeta that Katniss will decide to be with whomever she can't survive without.
Snow announces that the rebels have invaded the Capitol and welcomes refugees into his mansion, providing them with food and shelter. With the traps deactivated, Katniss and Gale pose as refugees to gain access to Snow. Their covers are nearly blown when the rebels arrive and attack the Peacekeepers, killing many Capitol civilians. In the ensuing chaos, Katniss marches towards Snow's mansion and finds Peacekeepers taking Capitol children to provide Snow with a human shield. A Capitol hovercraft flies by and drop silver parachutes similar to the ones used in the Hunger Games into the crowd of children surrounding the mansion, which explode. Upon the explosion, a team of rebel medics attempt to help the injured, among whom is Katniss' sister, Prim (Willow Shields). Katniss heads towards her, but a second round of bombs go off, killing Prim and knocking Katniss unconscious.
Upon recovering, Katniss learns that the Capitol has been conquered by the rebels, and that Snow has been captured. Katniss confronts Snow, who claims that Coin masterminded the bombings in order to turn his supporters against him. When Katniss accuses him of lying, he reminds her of their promise to always be truthful to each other. Suspicious, Katniss realises that the bombs resembled a trap Gale had been working on earlier. When Gale confesses that it may have been his and apologizes, she orders him out of the room. Later, Katniss attends a meeting with Coin (who has appointed herself interim President of Panem) and the remaining Victors to discuss having one final edition of the Hunger Games with the children of the Capitol as retribution for the previous games. Realizing that Snow was right and that Coin has "played them both for fools", Katniss votes in favor of the motion "for Prim," which gains Coin's trust. She is awarded the opportunity to execute Snow.
At the execution, which is being held before the whole of Panem, Katniss faces Snow once again. As she readies her bow, the two make eye contact, and Snow gives her one last smile. Katniss silently agrees, and instead shoots the arrow into Coin's heart, killing her. While a laughing Snow is finally lynched and killed by an angry mob (though already dying of slow poisoning), Katniss attempts to commit suicide by consuming a nightlock pill, given to them earlier in case of enemy capture, but Peeta stops her attempt. Katniss is pardoned for her crime, being deemed mentally unwell, and through a letter delivered by Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) advises Katniss to return home to District 12 until things settle down.
Katniss returns to her home in the ruins of District 12 to recover from her traumatic ordeal, where she is eventually joined by Peeta, who has recovered his memories of love for Katniss. Commander Paylor is elected the new President of Panem, and Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch bond over their shared trauma. Katniss and Peeta slowly grow back together, and Katniss admits her love for him. Years later, Katniss and Peeta are shown to have two children. Katniss reminisces about her recurring nightmares she still suffers from and explains she plays "a game" where she lists all the good things she has seen someone do. She notes that while the game has grown tedious over the years, "there are much worse games to play."
Being an avid fan of the books, the movie was at par with most of the details in the book. What a wonderful journey from the first movie to the the last.
After the first Hunger Games, all these are plain bull. Mockingjay is a 15 minute story line stretched beyond imagination over two FULL movies. So painfully slow with absolutely nothing happening. Finally its all OVER...(hopefully). I certainly dont want to see the HG series springing up again. Its should be dead and buried...finito..the passion and energy is all gone...RIP.