‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I’

MockingjayPart1Poster3Dreadful. I could not be more concise. It’s a dull, money-grabbing, virtually storyline-free two hours.

With virtually no reference to its predecessor, we’re suddenly transported 40 floors below the surface to District 13. Here, masterminded by rebel president Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) the plot to overthrow The Capital and rescue Peeta from the clutches of President Snow continues from their underground stronghold. Uniformly (literally and metaphorically) grey and dull, there’s little respite – even the magical OTT splendour of city life is minimal, Effie Trinket is wigless and, courtesy of a rebel film crew, we get to tour, repeatedly, the destroyed districts with Katniss Everdeen.

It’s painful and soporific.

Rating: 36%

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