Sometimes all people need to start a revolution is hope. Hope and a champion, a reason to fight. Katniss Everdeen, The Mockingjay is that champion and the people of Panem and she reluctantly becomes the voice of the people.
As the movie opens we see Katniss ( Jennifer Lawrence) having lost her voice. In the previous instalment Games parter Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), kidnapped and brainwashed by President Snow ( Donald Sutherland) to believe Katniss is the enemy and sets out to kill her.
Stepping up to the role of Snow’s replacement is the somewhat cold Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and as the leader of the rebellion and planner of the final stand against the Capitol. Katniss is all but a puppet and a face for the propaganda. With public relations expert and traitor to the Capitol, Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final role) the rebellion set out to stage the final take over.
What they don’t rely on is Katniss’ reluctance to be a silent hero and her insatiable need for revenge against Snow. Going against the plans she navigates her way through a series of booby- traps known as pods, with a small team of soldiers to fight her way to the Capitol. Along for the ride is long time friend and love interest Gale ( Liam Hemsworth) and still somewhat unstable Peeta Mellark.
The journey will lead the trio into a web of traps and danger culminating in the final demise of the evil Snow, giving Katniss her ending; in true Katniss style however has one final surprise up her sleeve for the newly victorious rebel alliance.
The movie is heavy going as it rushes towards the final climax and at times rather grim. Even the beloved Effie Trinket ( Elizabeth Banks) can’t crack a smile, its so bleak. Wrapping up the journey that began with Katniss offering herself as tribute in place of her sister Primrose the movie ends on a dark note as Katniss finally finds her place away from the spotlight and pressure of being the face of a revolution.
Heavy in impressive special effects the movie doesn’t quite manage to convey the inner turmoil that Katniss experiences in the book. It also fails the exact reason she eventually turns on Gale, a pivotal point in the book and insight to why she eventually makes the choices she makes. It is quite close to the book without relying on a the use of voice overs to explain what is happening. Fans of the saga will be happy that the movie stays as close to the book as possible, managing to wrap up the saga quite neatly.