Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 27th November, 2015
Time : 137 minutes
Director : Francis Lawrence; Writers : Peter Craig, Danny Strong and Suzanne Collins (based on the book series by Suzanne Collins); Music : James Newton Howard;
Starring : Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Mahershala Ali, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Woody Harrelson
It’s Jennifer Lawrence vs Donald Sutherland. The darling of the masses, the fighter, twice victor of the Hunger Games, the ordinary girl from District 12 versus the smooth-talking tyrant, the man who shows no compunction, gives no quarter and is the President of all districts. Or is it ? Who is really on her side and who is just using her ? Who can she really trust ? And is he even the real enemy ?
With Josh, rescued but brain-washed, out for her blood. Julianne Moore, the leader of the rebels, determined to have her own way. Philip Hoffman, reduced to watching from the sidelines. Is Liam, her childhood sweetheart, going to be by her side ? Or is it going to be either of Jeffrey or Sam or Jena (from the second Hunger Games) or even Mahershala (the man exuded calm in House of Cards and does so here too). In any case, the battle lines are clearly drawn and with Donald Sutherland determined to make the last stand a deadly game of cat and mouse, it makes for grim but gripping viewing…
It has more than a touch of the indestructible hero complex – there are situations where logic takes a far-removed backseat and Jennifer, against all odds, despite all the bullets and bombs (and zombies) against her, simply soldiers on. It’s all very dark, very tortured – the movie is quite dialogue intensive at moments when you wish there was just some straight-forward action. You really do wonder why it was made in 3D – there are no moments at all which make use of that technology.
In the end, though, the message is loud and clear. Retribution isn’t the best way to make a fresh start but seems to be an unquenchable human need. And beware of who replaces the tyrant…some habits can rub off from your predecessor, knowingly or not !