If you don’t know what’s going on by now you never will. Suffice to say it’s the big final battle between the rebels lead by Coin (Julianne Moore) and the Capitol forces led by President Snow (Donald Pleasance), with media star and spoke in an increasingly fraught love triangle with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Law) in the middle.
For a series that’s always been big – for a young adult series at least – on the scars that violence leaves behind, this descent into all-out war pulls few punches, and much of the examination of what drives people to fight and die for a cause hits a little harder than it otherwise might have in the wake of the more recent terrorist acts.
The cast don’t get a lot to do past run or die in what is largely a straight-up war movie (only with more traps and sewer-dwelling cannibal mutants) but the action is nasty enough to hammer the point home and the central theme – of a young woman presented as a hero but really just a pawn of greater forces – shows more nuance than most YA franchises. The Hunger Games has always been smarter and sharper than the norm; a drawn-out ending aside, this conclusion doesn’t let the series down.
Reviewed by Anthony Morris