Bottom Line: A Civil BORE is brewing! Strenuously stretching (roughly) 40 minutes of semi-memorable material into a two-hour shoulder shrug of a movie, this latest installment of Hunger Games is a fine looking yet forgettable mess. There’s a tiny bit of character development, a few thin layers of story to consume and two fairly entertaining but all-too-short turns from Harrelson and Banks. The rest is a directionless, depressingly dour and democracy-free, dystopian, wannabe death match. Districts scramble, the President gloats and Katniss mopes around in a boy-crazy, shell-shocked daze – this is easily some of JLaw’s most uninteresting work. This series that shined with its previous two installments has been (temporarily, hopefully) doused by Hollywood’s deep bucket of splitting-movies-in-half greed. Now we get to wait another 12 months to see if Part Two catches fire. Falling smack-dab in to the thralls of its main title, Mockingjay Part One is a side salad of a movie that fails to satiate those who’ve waited a year since the thrilling conclusion of its predecessor. This film will indeed make you hungry for something more substantial – famished for something more thrilling and fun.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam, Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Francis Lawrence (CONSTANTINE)
Running time: 125 minutes
Studio description: Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) is in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. (c) Lionsgate
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