- "The Fire Will Burn Forever."
- ―Official tagline
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 is the film adaptation of the second half of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and the fourth and final film in The Hunger Games film series. It's the sequel to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, the film adaptation of the first half of the book. It was theatrically released on November 19, 2015, in the United Kingdom, and on the following day in the United States.
All of the actors whose roles continue into the final films are set to reprise their roles in Mockingjay. Francis Lawrence directed both Mockingjay films, following his helming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 has gained mainly positive reviews from critics during their critic screenings, and currently holds an 70% approval rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, making it the second lowest in the film series. Similarly, the film currently holds a score of 6.6 out of 10 on IMDb.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in the Hunger Games.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) recovers after nearly being murdered by Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), who had been "hijacked" by the Capitol. She asks President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) to send her to District Two, the last district outside rebel control. While there, she quarrels with her friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) over how much mercy should be shown to Capitol supporters. After rebel forces destroy the Capitol's weapons supply in District 2, with a plan developed by Gale and Beetee Latier (Jeffrey Wright), Katniss shoots a propo as the District 2 refugees are cornered and forced to surrender by the rebels. When she attempts to intervene in the situation and prevent further bloodshed, a fight breaks out, during which Katniss is shot. Meanwhile, President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland) rebukes his minister Antonius for having trapped the Capitol's best troops in District Two, and kills him by poisoning. Snow then orders his ministers to withdraw all Peacekeepers into the center of the Capitol and have the Gamemakers set up new defenses, to prepare for a bloody final stand against the rebels.
During her recovery, Katniss visits Peeta; he is recovering some of his memories but remains unstable and resentful towards Katniss, which causes her to become depressed. She approaches Coin and demands to kill Snow as her "final mission", but Coin declines in favor of preserving Katniss as the symbol of their revolution. During the wedding of Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Annie Cresta (Stef Dawson), Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) tells Katniss of an aircraft leaving for the outskirts of the Capitol, where Commander Paylor (Patina Miller) is rallying troops for an an all-out assault on the city. Sneaking aboard, Katniss is welcomed by the rebels, to Coin's irritation. Katniss and her camera crew, along with Finnick and Gale, are assigned to Squad 451, the "Star Squad", led by Boggs (Mahershala Ali). However, they discover that their mission is to trail behind the invasion and be the onscreen face of the rebellion. They use a holographic map called a Holo to evade "pods" (booby traps) created by Gamemakers which line the streets of the Capitol; Finnick cynically compares the pods to an arena by remarking "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.". Peeta is unexpectedly assigned to the team by Coin despite still being vulnerable to the Capitol's conditioning. Boggs warns Katniss to be careful around him, because Coin sees Katniss as a potential threat to her authority, and may have placed Peeta on the team to indirectly eliminate her. Katniss initially acts hostile towards Peeta, but eventually they begin to open up to one another, as she realizes he has trouble telling real memories from hijacked ones.
As the squad and camera crew venture deeper into the Capitol, they are ambushed by an unmarked pod that fatally injures Boggs; he transfers command of the unit to Katniss before dying, telling her to "do what you came here to do". Another pod is triggered, which releases a flood of black ooze. Peeta's hijacking drives him to attack Katniss again, during which he pushes Mitchell (Joe Chrest) into the ooze but Finnick restrains him long enough for the squad to evade the ooze and escape into a building. With Boggs dead and command passed down to her, Katniss lies and tells her squad that she is under orders from Coin to kill Snow. They are forced to leave behind the Leeg twins (Misty Ormiston and Kim Ormiston)as one of the twins was injured; as they take shelter in another building, Peacekeepers bombard their former hideout, killing the twins. The Capitol broadcasts a message with Snow and Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) celebrating the supposed deaths of Squad 451 and the Mockingjay, but Beetee hijacks the signal mid-broadcast, allowing Coin to introduce herself to Panem and declare Katniss a martyr for the rebel cause.
As they are still far from Snow's mansion, the team decides to venture into the Capitol's sewers in order to avoid the pods, using Pollux (Elden Henson) as a guide, since he used to work in the underground. Peeta, remorseful over Mitchell's death, believes he should die rather than endanger the rest of the squad again, but admits to Katniss that his memories are becoming clearer. Snow, discovering Katniss is still alive, unleashes a pack of monstrous reptilian muttations to hunt her down. In the ensuing battle, Officer Jackson (Michelle Forbes), Castor (Wes Chatham), and Homes (Omid Abtahi) are killed. As the squad attempts to flee the sewers, a mutt grabs Finnick as he covers their retreat, forcing Katniss to use the Holo's self-destruct to end his suffering and destroy the remaining mutts. They are attacked by Peacekeepers after reaching the underground railways, during which another pod kills Messalla (Evan Ross). The few survivors eventually reach the surface and Cressida (Natalie Dormer) leads them to a safehouse, where a former Hunger Games stylist, Tigris (Eugenie Bondurant), hides them in her basement. While they all mourn the loss of their squad, Katniss confesses that she lied about her orders to kill Snow, and as a result of her lie, the rest of the squad are dead. The squad reveal that they knew this all along, but played along because they trusted her. Peeta comforts Katniss, saying that if she kills Snow, she will avenge the deaths of everyone who has died because of him. That night, Gale and Peeta discuss their love triangle, with Gale stating he thinks Peeta has won her over, but Peeta thinks that Gale has. Gale eventually remarks that deciding which one she can't live without is Katniss's problem, and not theirs.
Snow announces that the rebels have penetrated deep into the Capitol and asks refugees to come to his mansion, offering them with food and shelter. With the pods deactivated to allow passage, Katniss and Gale disguise themselves and mingle with the refugees to gain access to Snow. Their covers are nearly blown when the rebels arrive and attack the Peacekeepers, killing many Capitol civilians. In the ensuing chaos, Gale is captured by the peacekeepers; Katniss marches towards Snow's mansion and finds Peacekeepers taking Capitol children to provide Snow with a human shield. As the rebels near the mansion, a hovercraft with Capitol insignias flies by and drop silver parachutes (similar to the ones used in the Hunger Games) into the crowd of children surrounding the mansion, which explode. Upon the explosion, a team of rebel medics attempt to help the injured, among whom is Katniss' sister, Prim (Willow Shields). Shocked to see her sister on the battlefield, Katniss heads towards her, but just as Prim sees her a second round of bombs go off, killing Prim and badly injuring Katniss.
Upon recovering, Katniss learns from Haymitch that the Capitol has been conquered by the rebels, and that Snow has been captured. Katniss confronts the imprisoned Snow, who claims that Coin masterminded the child-bombings in order to turn his remaining supporters against him; Coin has thus played both Snow and Katniss "for fools" because they were both too focused on destroying each other to see her endgame. When Katniss accuses him of lying, he calmly reminds her of their promise to always be truthful to each other. Suspicious, Katniss realizes that the bombs resembled a trap Gale and Beetee had been working on earlier. When she confronts him, Gale remorsefully confesses that it may have been his and apologizes for failing to protect her family; unable to fully forgive him, Katniss tells him goodbye.
Later, Katniss attends a meeting with Coin (who has appointed herself interim President of Panem) and the other surviving Hunger Games victors- Peeta, Haymitch, Enobaria, Annie, Beetee and Johanna. Coin proposes having one final edition of the Hunger Games with the children of the Capitol as retribution for the previous games, as an alternative to exterminating most of the Capitol's population as war criminals. Beetee, Annie and Peeta vote no, while Johanna and Enobaria vote yes. Realizing that Snow was right about Coin's ambitions and ruthlessness, Katniss votes in favor of the motion "for Prim," which gains Coin's trust; Haymitch follows her lead. She is awarded the opportunity to execute Snow.
At the execution, which is being held before the whole of Panem, Katniss faces Snow once again. As she readies her bow, the two make eye contact, and Snow gives her one last smile. Katniss silently agrees, and instead shoots the arrow into Coin's heart, killing her. While a laughing Snow is lynched by an angry mob, Katniss attempts to commit suicide by consuming a nightlock pill, given to them earlier in case of enemy capture, but Peeta stops her attempt. Although initially imprisoned, Katniss is pardoned for her crime (being deemed mentally unwell) and through a letter delivered by Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) advises Katniss to return to District 12 until things settle down.
Katniss returns to her home in the ruins of Victor's Village to recover from her traumatic ordeal, where she is eventually joined by Peeta, who has fully recovered his memories and his love for Katniss. After an initial period of depression, Katniss is eventually able to release her grief over Prim's death. Commander Paylor is elected the new President of Panem, and Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch bond over their shared trauma. They learn that Gale has become a military commander in District Two, and Annie has given birth to Finnick's son. Katniss and Peeta slowly grow back together, and Katniss eventually admits her love for him.
Years later, Katniss and Peeta are shown to have two children. As Katniss' infant child wakes up from a nightmare she reminisces about her own recurring nightmares she still suffers from and explains she plays "a game" where she lists all the good things she has seen someone do. She notes that while the game has grown tedious over the years, "there are much worse games to play", as she smiles into the camera before the screen cuts to black.
- Coriolanus Snow: (watching Katniss pick one of his roses) "That's a nice one." (Katniss looks up sharply as Snow emerges from behind one of the rosebushes, wearing handcuffs) "The colors are lovely, of course... but nothing says perfection like white." (sits as Katniss approaches him) "I was hoping you'd find your way here. There are so many things we should discuss." (pause) "But, I have a feeling your visit will be brief, so... first things first." (coughs blood into his handkerchief as Katniss comes to a halt in front of him) "I wanted to tell you, how very sorry I am about your sister. So wasteful- so unnecessary. Anyone could see the Game was over by that point. In fact, I was just about to issue an official surrender when they released those parachutes."
- Katniss Everdeen: (angry and confused) "You released those parachutes."
- Coriolanus Snow: (amused) "You really think I gave the order? We both know I'm not above killing children... but I'm not wasteful. I take life for... specific reasons. And, there was no reason for me to destroy a pen full of Capitol children. None at all-" (he is overcome by another coughing fit; he wipes the blood off his lips and smiles up at Katniss) "I must concede, it was a... masterful move on Coin's part. The idea that I was bombing our own helpless children, to hold back the rebels..." (shrugs, smiles) "It turned the last of my guards against me. There was no resistance left inside the Capitol or the mansion. Do you know it aired live? There's a particular savvy in that, isn't there." (pause, shrugs again) "I'm sure she wasn't gunning for your sister, but... these things happen, in war." (Katniss glares at him) "My failure was... in being so slow to grasp Coin's plan. She let the Capitol and the Districts destroy each other- and then she stepped in, to take power with Thirteen's arsenal." (smiles and shakes his head) "Oh, make no mistake- she intends to take my place, now. But... I've been watching you- and you, watching me. (pause) I'm afraid we've both been played for fools."
- Katniss Everdeen: (long pause, shakes her head) "I don't believe you."
- Coriolanus Snow: (amused) "Oh, my dear Miss Everdeen... I thought we had agreed... never to lie to each other."
The film adaptations of Mockingjay have been announced: Part 1 was released on November 21, 2014, and Part 2 was released on November 20, 2015. This follows what the actors in The Hunger Games have been saying about signing on for four films. Based upon Lionsgate's renaming of the film for Catching Fire, it is known that the last films will be called The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. While filming in Atlanta, Georgia, it was revealed that both parts will be shot back-to-back. Surprisingly, on February 6, 2015, Lionsgate confirmed that the film will be released in IMAX 3D and 2D. Francis Lawrence calls the film "The most violent of the four." There is also a rumour that the first teaser trailer of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will release in front of the screenings of The Divergent Series: Insurgent. On March 18, 2015, the teaser trailer and poster was released two days before Insurgent came out. It was also teased on Facebook and Twitter. The first official teaser trailer for Mockingjay - Part 2 was released on June 9, 2015.
- "Nothing can prepare you for the end"
- "The fire will burn forever"
- "A being as unquenchable as the sun"
Differences from the Book
- Main article: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay book to film differences
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