Screened Out – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin

“It gets a little tedious after all these years,” admits Katniss Everdeen, and I laughed.

Yes, it does! Especially if this is the wussy way they decide to wrap up a multi-billion-dollar franchise with over 500 minutes of celluloid!What started three films ago as a deadly game of 26 people should end as a nation of millions at civil war, fighting for freedom. What began as a deeply conflicted love story now has nowhere to go.

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Screened Out – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Lily Rabe

After a couple successful films, The Hunger Games takes the Harry Potter/Twilight approach and stretches out their finale into two parts. Bad choice. Unfortunately, only about 45 minutes of this murky, listless 2-hour flick advances the plot. This feels more like a cash grab.

So far, The Hunger Games has succeeded as a tweener Brave New World. It’s buoyed a beloved book series with smart adaptation and Lawrence’s strong performance. This installment still explores dystopian themes by combining reality show tactics with classical themes of good versus evil. (Think Gladiator meets 1984.) We’re all ready for war. Instead, Part 1 is a slow, halting stumble . Most of this movie is stuck underground, in dark, dusty tunnels. Audiences have a long wait for the next flick – November 2015 – to see if they finally deliver some epic battles.

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