'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Movie Review

Get the details of the last movie of the franchise.

Rated PG-13

Four out of five stars

At least, that’s what it felt like.

“Uh-oh,” you say? Don’t sweat it. It’s long but well worth the running time (it’s actually 2 hours and 17 minutes).

Katniss has other ideas. She winds up serving in a brigade called the Star Squad, who are in the field for propaganda purposes but are still in danger. As the resistance enters the capital, Snow has ordered his gamemakers to booby-trap the city. The result? Some stunning and violent CGI effects!

At some point, Katniss and crew decide the best way to get to Snow is by heading to his estate via an underground route, which isn’t a good strategy for the cause but it’s great for the audience. The ensuing sequence is one of the most riveting and thrilling you’ll see in a movie -- a claustrophobic, heart-stopping, unpredictable gem every aspiring horror director should study.

These "Hunger Games" movies are spectacular on so many different levels. In this final film, fans will get a satisfying resolution. It’s an emotional and dark journey illuminated by an otherworldly performance from Jennifer Lawrence, an actress who seems as if she was created in a lab -- the product of an experiment in which an enterprising scientist combined the DNA of every great film actress and created her. There’s an abundance of talented actresses today, but these movies wouldn’t be anything close to what they are without Lawrence.

What also makes "Mockingjay -- Part 2" as good if not better than the previous "Hunger Games" films is a tour de force supporting performance from Josh Hutcherson and inspired direction from Francis Lawrence. Indeed, credit must also go to casting director Debra Zane, who managed to assemble such an impressive group of truth tellers.