Mockingjay 2 rejoins Panem in a war of attrition, which soon grates the audience more than the enemy.
Confusing Young Adult for Petulant Adolescent, the interchangeably unoriginal and illogical plot treats adult themes as childish, and vice versa. The mystery of how some scenes and themes are classified at ‘12A’ is more engaging than the film itself.
There are morsels of redemption – Sutherland relishing every last moment of screen time, one truly shocking attack, and fleeting joy from yet another wasted pseudo-cameo – but these are buried under heaps of regurgitation.
Sadly this final chapter is best served only to completionists.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is the petit four from a series which has out-stayed our appetite. Consumed out of curiosity not hunger, this one leaves a bitter taste.
CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore
DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence
WRITERS: Peter Craig, Danny Strong, and Suzanne Collins (novel)
SYNOPSIS: As the war of Panem escalates, Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) must bring together an army against President Snow (Sutherland) while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.