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Published March 15th 2016
"There are much worse games to play" - Katniss
The Hunger Games comes to an end with the intense last installment of Mockingjay Part II. If you've seen any or all of the Hunger Games films, you'll know that every bit of attention must be paid in order to follow the intriguing and almost overwhelming story line that is fast paced, and in depth.
We're immediately brought to the sequence of events concluding the first chapter of Mockingjay, in which Katniss is attacked and nearly murdered by Peeta. Although Katniss recovers from the incident, it begins to take its toll on her, as it's quite obvious that her connection with Peeta is still quite strong and apparent. This is emphasised through the Capitol's brainwashing of Peeta, which has impacted Katniss mentally.
It doesn't end there for Katniss, as she is caught amongst gunfire whilst she plans to shoot a propaganda film explaining how an influx of Capitol refugees have arrived in District 13 and have been mistreated by the rebels. As Katniss recovers once again from yet another brutal injury, her mental health begins to deteriorate and is enhanced through the set design and ambiance established in the film. The scenes are slow, melancholy, expressionless, stark and foreboding. Although The Hunger Games series combines these elements throughout each film, we're strikingly made aware of it in this last installment. Similarly, a sense of alienation and loneliness is conveyed through Katniss' character, particularly as she begins to fall into a deep depression; reminded of harsh memories from her past.
However, Katniss has a plan of her own; she wants and intends to kill President Snow. With this in mind, she approaches President Alma Coin, suggesting and volunteering to kill Snow. Coin declines and explains how Katniss is too valuable to risk; she's a symbol of their revolution. Katniss is advised by Johanna Mason that an aircraft intends to depart for District 2, where commander Paylor is planning a battle and invasion on the Capitol. Of course, Katniss defies Coins orders and sneaks into the vessel to get closer to her mission in killing Snow.
The viewer is taken on a spiraling adventure that comprises numerous twists and turns as Katniss and her team venture into the Capitol. This chaotic sequence of events questions notions of trust, loyalty, abuse of power, and greed. The squad build an alliance with Katniss and trust her choice to kill Snow, however, as loyal companions, they're aware that Katniss is lying and was never directed by Coin to complete this mission but follow her anyway. In the meantime, Katniss is having a difficult time dealing with her emotions towards Gale and Peeta, who are both journeying with the team.
In conclusion, I'd say that The Hunger Games finale was better than I expected. This is partially due to the intricate detailed story line. which can be difficult to translate and capture into a visual story. Director Francis Lawrence, does well in representing a stark dystopian future that embodies our own actions against humanity. An abuse of power is a primary focus of the film, as well as a sense of human cruelty. We're bombarded with a constant shift in authority between Coin and Snow, whilst civilians suffer or ultimately destroy themselves in the process. Questions of whom to trust, where our loyalty lies, and what to believe are fundamental aspects of the series, particularly throughout this last instalment.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will be released on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on March 22, 2016.