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Hunger Games, The: Mockingjay Part 2

2 h 17 min2015X-RayPG-13
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, who began her journey fighting to survive the brutal Hunger Games, and rose to lead the rebellion against Panem's tyrannical president (Donald Sutherland).
Francis Lawrence
Jennifer LawrenceJosh HutchersonLiam Hemsworth
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Woody HarrelsonPhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth BanksJulianne MooreDonald SutherlandSam ClaflinWillow ShieldsMahershala AliNatalie DormerJena MaloneJeffrey WrightStanley Tucci
Nina JacobsonJon Kilik
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chrisReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I don't understand why this film is the least rated of all the four. I hate movies that lack substance, I like action but I want character, drama, plot, SUBSTANCE, meaning, deepness of literature, and more. This movie has all that. It's good and long-doesn't feel rushed one bit. Doesn't drag on either. The conclusion of this story is not just the future of the country, it's about Katniss, will she make it? And if so, how? She's gone through so much by the ending of the last film, what could possibly happen next? It's a painful trilogy that artfully crescendos and finalizes with a hearty 20 minute roundup after the climax. Is it artificially extended? NO. We just watched three movies with dozens of characters and sufferings, and the film makes sure we are perfectly fed with a satisfying and organic conclusion to the series. It is perfect. The action has meaning and story, and all these books and films become great literature--yes the films too.
The acting is universally high level; the effects are astoundingly realistic, pleasing and accurate of the world we need to see. Everything is perfect in this film. The plot is perfect, of course it's adapted from the book so Collins gets all that credit. Must watch if you enjoyed the first films.
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Daniel SReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cinavia issues (with some copies)
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This Blu-ray has copyright protection called Cinavia on it. Playing a legitimate blu-ray sold by Amazon LLC, it starts causing the player to mute for chunks of the movie at a time. Unfortunately, we bought it last year and just opened it, do warranty is out. Guess we'll try a new copy also sold by Amazon and see if it has the same issue.

UPDATE: the second copy I got doesn't seem to have the issue with the Cinavia. Maybe they changed something in the production process in the year in between the copies I bought. I'll average my two ratings then and go with 3 stars, because I don't know if it's really fixed or just a luck of the draw on if your Blu-ray will have issues or not.
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PDMReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The heroine carries the series with aplomb
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The Hunger Games (2012; 2:23)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013; 2:26)
Mockingjay Part 1 (2014; 2:03)
Mockingjay Part 2 (2015; 2:17)

One has to suspend disbelief to enjoy most sci-fi flicks. Some movies make it easy, like the earlier Star Wars series, which have an unpretentious, childlike quality. It’s harder for movies that want to be taken seriously, like the Hunger Games series, which have an underlying somber motif. The story is, quite unoriginally, about a people’s rebellion against a totalitarian government in a dystopian future.

Plus, the series has other things against it:
Strange story features (e.g., the protagonists use medieval weaponry like bows and arrows, and swords, while the government’s soldiers have guns; there are advanced spaceships and radio communications, but no mobile telephones; etc.);
Appalling makeup, especially in the earlier movies, that make the pretty heroine look really ugly, and a character whose sole role, inexplicably, is makeup;
Strange and inconsistent physical realities from force fields interposed on actual objects;
And so on.

But there are things that work well: The screenplay and editing are sound, and allow the viewer to follow the story without significant head-scratching. The special effects are convincing. The lead’s love interest, and the key villain, are very well-played (Donald Sutherland has become a unique brand unto himself as an aged, Machiavellian but polite and impeccably-dressed, monster). But even collectively, these things are insufficient to make it a good series to watch.

What really brings it home is one thing, and one thing only: The female lead’s acting. She consummately plays the reluctant heroine, her brow perpetually clouded with the weight of family, friends and neighbors, in fact, an entire people, on her youthful shoulders. She cares deeply for them all. When she kills in combat, it is not with a vicious joy, but as a distasteful, yet necessary, task. Very impressive indeed in an actor so young.
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Last ResortReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
maybe i'm just tired
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i tried to be brief in my previous comments about this series. gonna be a little less brief this time.

i can summarize this final installment in two kind words that are the opposite of how i felt about the other parts: NOT EXCELLENT!!

i wondered throughout this entire boring **bleep** film WHY over 90% of the focus this time was strictly on the leading character.

WHY were 2 major supporting characters that gave life to this series--the alcoholic and wig woman--given minor screen time? even the other leading character--p--was demoted into a lessor role. WHY?

it was all, mostly, waay too much about the mj. is that how the book reads? doesn't matter.

allll the annoying focus on the shero and her role in the revolution was ... very poorly written. the role of the people were completely forgotten! overthrowing an individual instead of the system became the focus of the too much focused on character....

over 2 hours of ... mush! that's the only word i can think of. it's late. i'm tired. mush is the word i choose!!!

it was so mushy i became bored as **bleep** not even half way thru. with about 30 minutes left i was voicing my displeasure out loud with some not so kind words.

the exact moment i became so very over the series was during the underground attack by the white alien-looking thingies. THAT was just ... no ... unh-unh ... no ... weird ... and out of place ... misusing valuable time.

they truly ran out of gas with this part. it was a very poor and disappointing ending to an otherwise excellent series.

the other parts i would rewatch and recommend to others. this part, i recommend they redo, then i will rewatch and recommend to others!!!!

1 star!

(and...uumm...Jeff Bezos too!!!)
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Samuel MoorheadReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Choppy Mess that Struggles to Coherently Bring All Plot Threads to an End
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Overall this movie was a bit disappointing as an ending to the much beloved Hunger Games series. After the much more measured pace of the earlier entries, Mockingjay Part 2 jumps around, almost drunkenly, as we near the end of Katniss's saga. The beginning of the movie drags somewhat as preparations for the Rebellion's invasion of the Capital continue. However, very little of this first act is actually about the inevitable confrontation with President Snow and his cronies, leaving the movie feeling unfocused. The second act begins as Katniss disobeys orders to sneak off the front to join the fighting. After a cursory introduction of some new characters to fill out Katniss's unit, we are treated to another slow spell as our heroes continue making propaganda movies (a callback to Part 1), this time in the war-torn Capital. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, we are thrust into a prolonged action sequence as the squad runs into trap after improbably-designed trap. However, Katniss and Company are never near the front lines, and their adventures seem far removed from the human conflict she has helped engender. Instead of fighting against her fellow Panem citizens (Panemanians?), which is a moral conflict the movie is very deliberate in setting up, she spends most of her time contending with sentry turrets and these weird zombie-mutant things called Mutts. The third act encompasses Katniss's final push towards Snow's mansion, and ends with an enormous anticlimax.

Throughout the Hunger Games movies we have witness some tonal inconsistency with the character of Katniss: that is on full display here. The first movie did a great job of making Katniss a likable everywoman who was swept up in the tides of forces far beyond her control. By this final film, she has become the most important woman in the country and the focal point of a civil war. However, far from being cathartic that a character with whom the audience initially has so much in common now has a measure of control over her country's future, it instead feels like Katniss has just become less relatable and less likable as she has become more important. She's somewhat wooden here, and though her obsession with killing Snow to avenge her District is understandable, it exists to the detriment of the humanity and selflessness that makes her such a hero to begin with. In this go-round, she often acts selfishly to carry out her own wishes to the detriment of those that are depending on her. And the fact that everyone in the supporting cast is by now at her beck and call heightens the unflattering impression that she could care less about them at this point.

Much of the movie centers around the tension between Peeta and Katniss after his capture and brainwashing in the previous film. That Peeta alternates between wanting to support Katniss and wanting to kill her may be a natural result of his "hijacking," but Katniss's seeming ambivalence towards him is less well explained. Although it's only logical to be wary of someone who attempted to strangle you to death, even a former fiance, here Katniss seems unable to scare up any sort of emotion towards Peeta. Still, she goes through the motions of being in love with him even though the emotion just isn't there. Add to this mix Gale, a character who loves Katniss but clearly feels unworthy of her, and you get a very confused love triangle. It certainly could have been interesting, but the plot devotes very little time to actually developing this thread beyond simply pointing it out on a consistent basis. That may be why its resolution feels so rushed.

Indeed, the whole movie hits a point where about 90 minutes (and three earlier movies) of development just kind of whooshes to a conclusion without much warning. The climax of the movie, such as it is, sees everyone acting almost irrationally. What's more, it ends very abruptly. I actually thought at the time that I must be watching a dream sequence, because I didn't believe the movie had skipped over so much of the climax, but indeed it had. Without spoiling anything, suffice to say that Katniss's final confrontation with her arch-nemesis of four movies is brief, not really about either of them, and provides little satisfaction. Although Katniss's final choice is noble, the circumstances that necessitate it feel tacked on and out of place. We are then treated to a short and sweet epilogue that may actually be the best, most convincing part of the movie despite feeling so out-of-left-field it's practically a non-sequitur. And then, the credits roll.

In the end, Mockingjay Part 2 isn't a bad movie, but it doesn't live up to the previous movies. This installment could have benefited mightily from ditching the entire first act and taking more time wrapping up Katniss's story. Although we *know* that Katniss is a great hero from her acts in previous movies, her character in this movie should have been a little more heroic and a little less focused on revenge. It was interesting to see a darker side of the typically altruistic and idealistic Victor, but there needed to be a little bit more of Old Katniss in New Katniss. And the ending, as many have pointed out, was very rushed and should have been given more time. In the end, I would certainly recommend that anybody wanting a conclusion to the series should probably watch this movie, simply because it is the canonical ending. But don't expect a satisfying finale.
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MLYReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
War and Peace, Anyone?
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War and Peace, Anyone? These last two movies, Mockingjay - Part 1 and 2, follow the rise and fall of the soviet proles. It's not the first movie to do so, and apparently it won't be the last. President Snow is the last monarch, complete with the decadent lifestyle and the large family of mostly girls, in the cruel, czarist empire. The proles rebel against the czar's cruelty and his extreme decadence, not only with their "one uniform fits all" attire and behavior, but also with their violent battles. The proles finally win those battles and the war. However, unfortunately, the prole leader makes the same mistakes the czar leader made. Fortunately, in this movie, those mistakes are very short-lived because both the cruel czar and the dictatorial, proletariat leader are removed to allow a third blended government that suits Katniss and her other victors. Did you realize that your children were supporting the soviets in these four films?
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MithrandirReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The cost of freedom is never light.
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Katniss Everdeen has always had to bear the burden of responsibility. Up through the end of Mokingjay Part 1, she was able to bear that enormous responsibility with a stoic grace and dry humor. She learned and grew and improved her abilities. She added to her stoicism and cynicism the discernment she needed to cut through the hypocrisy of her world. She learned how to stay ahead of her real enemies by sensing the truth behind the sweet, venomous words. She trusted no one implicitly. In short she was a consummate loner, holding even her friends outside the inner circles of her thoughts and imaginations.

She loved her mother and Prim without condition and would have died 100 times to save either one of them. She loved Gale and shared hopes of a future together free from the oppression of Snow. She had no interest in or use for Peeta, until she stepped forward to save Prim, only to see that Peeta was chosen for the Games. Gale stayed behind with one purpose: Protect Katniss' mother and Prim. Helpless to protect the three people she loved, Katniss focused on protecting Peeta.

Those three burdens weighed heavily on Katniss through the end of Mockingjay, the first part. Becoming the Mockingjay made her more of an isolated figure and increased her sense of responsibility. It also increased her concern for her mother and Prim and for Gale's ability to protect them if Snow wanted to use them as leverage to get to her. Peeta, it turned out, needed all the protection that Katniss could provide for him and more.

Mockingjay Part 2 begins with the scenes of Katniss recovering from the almost mortal injuries that Peeta inflicted on her when she had gone in to help him recover from the torture that he had received at the hands of Snow. Peeta turned on Katniss intent on killing her. Snow had turned Peeta into a killing machine with only one target in mind: Katniss.

Her body was healing slowly but steadily. Her spirit was not healing at all. She felt the bitter taste of loss and failure. Snow had mocked her at every turn. He had planned ahead for her and been ready. The once resilient, reluctant leader could conceive of only one thing: she wanted to die, and she had to take Snow with her. We see her distance herself from anyone and everyone. Whom could she trust? Her answer was devastating: She could trust no one, not even Katniss Everdeen.

In this dark and desperate world, Katniss could take no relief or joy from the victories of the rebels and the defeats of Snow's forces. As long as Snow was alive, she, her mother and Prim, and Gale would never be safe. Peeta was no longer in danger from Snow because there was nothing more that needed to be done. Peeta was lost, a danger to Katniss.

Into this miasma of desperation, and very early in the plot line, another threat develops, trying to conceal itself from all who would follow the Mockingjay. The leader of the rebels spoke in comforting tones with reassuring words that sounded just like Snow. She was ruthless. She was merciless. She was autocratic. She was a tyrant waiting only the defeat of Snow to replace him as the absolute authority in Panem. None of the others, not even Hamish, saw her as a threat, but Katniss understood that after Snow there would be another tyrant who would terrorize the people.

The one thing that Katniss missed was that the leader had already made plans for the Mockingjay to become the ultimate martyr, to die on a live broadcast in battle, to be used as a symbol that would be more powerful in uniting the people against Snow, and who being dead would be easier to manipulate for propaganda than the ever unpredictable and rebellious Katniss. Boggs was the only one to warn Katniss of this added danger as he was dying.

Katniss did not miss the duplicity of the rebels at the direction of the leader planning to bomb and kill innocent noncombatant citizens of the capitol. That Snow's tactics. It was inherently wrong, and she opposed it. The rift between her and Gale began when he supported this tactic. She knew that she was being ignored by the leader.

The acting in the scenes in the capitol was excellent. It did not give away the plot twist that was completely obvious to Hamish when he voted with Katniss to break the tie vote and have Snow executed publicly. I would have been disappointed if Katniss had not eliminated the subtle and rising threat of the leader, leaving Snow to the wrath of the mob.

There are three lines in the closing scenes of Mockingjay Part 2 that stand out to me as real, solid and extremely sad. They are

When Effie sees Katniss for the last time and says as a farewell greeting, "Katniss, I hope some day you will get what you deserve." Very long pause that gave all of us time to wonder what Effie might mean, after all Katniss had killed the leader before this. Finally Effie picks up her idea and says, "I hope you get to live the life of a victor."

When Gale comes to see Katniss in the palace. He is a soldier leading his men in a distant area of Panem. I believe he is hoping that Katniss will give him some indication that she still loves him. But Katniss asked him the one question he never wanted to hear: "Did you participate in the bombing that killed my sister Prim?" He had participated in it. His admission of failure is a humiliating statement in light of his participation in the bombing that killed Prim, "I had only one job to do, to protect your family, and I have failed at that." As Gale opens the door to leave, Katniss clarifies her relationship to him because of his part in Prim's death when she says, "Gale, Good-bye."

Peeta is playing with their daughter. The setting is idyllic. They are laughing and enjoying the games of a young girl with her father. Katniss is holding the baby who cries. She asks if it had been a nightmare and talks about her own nightmares that still come these many years later. Katniss' final statement to her baby about one day telling her how to make the nightmares go away is so sad with just the smallest glimmer that some day in the future in the peace and simplicity of their home town Katniss, Peeta and their children may indeed get the life of a victor.
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S. LeibertReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pay for the end if you love Hunger Games Series. It's worth it!
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This movie was more true to the book than any other. The beginning picked up right where Part 1 left off, so you must view part one. Honestly, if you didn't watch Catching Fire, you would still be lost. Then, you really needed to start off with The Hunger Games to truly follow the whole story concept. Having read the series and watched the film's, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. If you like the story, buying "the end" makes sense. If you wait for Amazon to make the whole series free, you'll have a long wait. Considering Catching Fire was the highest grossing movie with female protagonist since The Sound of Music in 1963, you know they paid a pretty penny to have Part 2 six months after theater releases, I expect to pay for at least one show in the series! Amazon prime is really reasonable and for those who complain, try and get any of these free on any other streaming service. I loved the series and will Not get specific with Spoilers!
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