★★★★★-The world wide phenomenon set the world on fire in 2012 with the first instalment and now it is the moment we have all been dreading, the ending of The Hunger Games series. But luckily the last instalment does not disappoint bringing a soulful and sorrowful end to a revolutionary series, making the finale just that little bit less heartbreaking.
RATING – 12A
Starring – Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore
Running time – 137 minutes
As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, as well as trying to protect those closest to her.
The film starts where the last one left off, with Katniss in a state of confusion and anger, after President Snow has completely contaminated the mind of Peeta, resulting in a violent outbursts every time he sees Katniss.
Despite her state, Katniss is determined to fight in the front line, persistent to do anything she can to accelerate the destruction of President Snow. She is alarmed by the conflict she is immersed into, with residents of same district considering one another as rivals. In an emotional speech, she demonstrates the meaningless of this competition, which was all started by one person- President Snow, who must pay for the conflict and death he has caused, ending the speech with the message of the movie “tonight we turn our weapons to the Capitol”.
Followed by her newly reunited army of the alliance of the districts, Katniss prepares to end this abominable war once and for all. However, this is not an easy mission, as Snow has done everything in his power to try and prolong his inevitable destiny, placing traps all over the town to try and stop the rebels from entering.
But this is nothing Katniss and her army consisting of 4 Hunger Games victors have not faced before, with much loved character Finnick calling it “the 76th Hunger Games”.
With their previous knowledge and advanced technology, they face no trouble until President Snow takes the competition to the next level, out of fear of the pace of advancement from Katniss and her army. These new traps and challenges push her small squad to the limit, with some members not making it to the capitol, with some emotional deaths, aimed to spark the same passion in the audience as Katniss has to end this destructive war.
The end of the film sees the official end of the struggle of Panem, but possibly not in the way you may assume, with many unpredictable actions ultimately resulting in the long awaited peace of Panem.
If you enjoyed the other three Hunger Games films, this is a must watch, as this is arguably the best of the four, with more tension, more emotion and more thrill. Not only do we get to witness the result of the infamous love triangle between Katniss, Gale and Peeta, this film is a sentiment to the enchanting idea of the love one sister has for another. Jennifer Lawrence steals the show with her outstanding role as the protagonist, with this being her most emotional and touching performance yet.
As well as being a popular franchise, these films are also a cautionary tale about the evils of war and propaganda, showing teenagers the danger of a dictatorship and the consequences of war. These important subliminal messages, really define what the Hunger Games is all about and why it should be appreciated as more than just a film series but a mark in history.