Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is rescued by the rebellion led by President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) along with the help of Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Waking up in a hospital in District 13 she realizes that Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and several others from her group are still in the Capital held under the gruesome hands of President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Finnick Odair (Sam Clafin) is located down the hall from Kat and also worries about his girlfriend Annie Cresta (Stef Dawson) and the others especially after they are informed that District 12 was completely destroyed.
The Rebellion needs Katniss to take control and lead the people in a war against President Snow and the Capital of Pan Am. In order to do so President Alma Coin and Plutarch recommend that Katniss revisit her old District and after doing so realizes she needs to once again fight in order to destroy a dictator. Her mother (Paula Malcomson) and her sister Primrose (Willow Shields) are safe in District 13 along with her cat Buttercup and Kat’s old flame Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Yet Katniss knows she must fight especially after she learns that President Snow orders the death of anyone associated with the Mockingjay symbol.
When Peeta appears on Capital TV requesting a cease fire the people of District 13 believe him to be a traitor but for Katniss she will stop at nothing to prove them wrong and in doing so in order to fight for the Rebellion she requests several conditions of President Alma Coin, one that defends the honor of Peeta. Soon Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) are brought in to groom Katniss for her fight leading to the first steps of no make-up versus sober futures, all to be filmed the entire time and presented to the people for Kat to tell her story. Who knew Jennifer Lawrence can sing as well?
The battle begins as President Snow bombs the people of District 13 and they in turn not only bomb him back but also plan a rescue in the Capital of Peeta, Annie and several others held captive by President Snow. White roses abound the destruction as charred and decayed bodies cover the streets. A symbol that President Snow is out to end the power that Katniss has for the Rebellion, knowing that things we love most usually end up destroying us. Hence, the hijacking of Peeta which leads us hanging for Hunger Games Part2.
More story than action but a lot of special effects regarding the Districts. Superb direction and writing along with a familiar score and ward robe make this story which covers more of the Rebellion than anything else a perfect box office money maker for opening weekend. I particularly enjoyed some of the cat scenes with Buttercup and the importance the writers gave to the feline as being a member of the Everdeen family. If there was one thing I would have enhanced it may have been a little more action to match the so well written story line.
Lawrence once again is superb although I was slightly taken back a bit by her characters over-expressed emotional issues. Hutcherson doesn’t have a huge role but for what he does he does it well. Hemsworth actually has a bigger role in this story with Harrelson taking a back seat. Sutherland once again plays creepy well, Stanley Tucci as Caesar is hardly noticed yet Banks is once again endearing even without make-up and wigs. Sad that Seymour Hoffman has left us but he does well here but it is Moore that really seems to have a large amount of screen time. Everyone along with the supporting cast of characters work extremely well together making this film once again a sure box office success and a huge anticipation for Part 2. Written and enjoyed with three and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.