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|Originaltitel:||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2|
|Genre:||Adventure, Action, Fantasy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 137 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The Battle for Panem Goes to the Final Round. After everything President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has done to Peeta, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) wants his death. Although President Coin (Julianne Moore) actually has other plans with the "mockery", there is only one goal for Katniss: she wants to go to the Capitol in order to put an end to Snow's reign of terror with her own hands. For this she joins a task force around Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Finnick (Sam Claffin). With the help of other resistance fighters, they make it to the Capitol. But Snow has already laid out several deadly traps there to kill Katniss once and for all and thus take away the hope of the insurgents. Shortly before her target, Katniss seems not to be up to her opponent, his bombs and mutations…
"The Tributes of Panem - Mockingjay Part 2" directly follows where Part 1 left off. And after the events there have dragged on for a long time without offering a real highlight, in the first minutes of this finale the feeling arises that things will go on the same way here. But luckily this is a mistake, because in the end this second part of the last book adaptation does everything right that part 1 did wrong. Here the tension and pacing are right and especially in the second half the whole thing grows into a big adventure, that just visually puts everything into the shade, what you have been offered in the "Panem"-movies so far. Certainly, there are still a few small lengths in the course of the almost two and a half hours running time. And the dialogues have also turned out to be very clichéd at times. And yet this finale is extremely stirring and also emotional. What's especially pleasing, though, is the fact that the filmmakers stick very closely to the quite drastic novel. The brutality is kept on FSK 12 level by fast camera pans and cleverly placed cuts. But all in all the fight that Katniss and her companions have to fight out in the Capitol is astonishingly ruthlessly implemented. Especially a sequence towards the end of the argument is undoubtedly one of the most intense moments of the series.
What also makes the film very interesting is the message behind all the action and the effects spectacle. What was already hinted at in the last film is now becoming clearer and clearer. The boundaries between good and evil are so blurred that in the end a victory over Snow would not necessarily be a victory for the inhabitants of Panem. And Katniss has to ask herself whether she wasn't just left in the belief that she was going her own way - or whether she was just very cleverly manipulated. Of course, their reaction is just as predictable as the unnecessary happy ending epilogue. But director Francis Lawrence succeeds very well in packing the ethical, political and moral questions that this story raises, despite all the clichés and predictability, in a gripping and clever way. The final, which was shot in Berlin in large parts, not only looks good and offers really good moments of tension, but it also doesn't offend the minds of the spectators. And this is not really a matter of course in a film of this genre.
"The Tributes of Panem - Mockingjay Part 2" brings the story about Katniss Everdeen and her fight for the freedom of Panem to a more than satisfying end. There is no question that the film won't gain any new fans. And neither the scriptwriters nor the actors will be able to accept an Oscar for their achievements. But for fans this last part has become exactly the movie they could expect: a thrilling adventure with a strong heroine, great effects, emotional moments and a beautiful ending that closes the circle perfectly. But there is also a deserved one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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