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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Mockingjay Part 2 wastes little time in bringing viewers up to speed, so here’s a quick Hunger Games 101. In the dystopian world of Panem, televised annual gladiatorial contests, which pit youngsters against each other in a fight to the death, are used by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to keep each of the 12 districts in check.
After volunteering to take part in the Hunger Games to protect her sister, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) wins the contest before going on to be selected to participate an unprecedented further two times. Over this time she transforms from a state propaganda puppet to a symbol of the resistance for the underground rebels of District 13, which was previously thought defunct.
Mockingjay Part 2 opens on all-out war, with Katniss leading the rebellion against the tyrannical Snow in a march on the capital. Prepared for their arrival, the powers that be have planted numerous traps along the way, effectively creating a new type of Hunger Games.
The film’s tone is a dark one, especially for something aimed at younger viewers, and even as the loose ends of the four-part series are tied up, there remains a slight sense of ambiguity, with the film commenting on war in all its forms.
The battle scenes are skilfully done and Lawrence is the standout star of the film, making up for any lulls in tempo with her steely eyed determination and grit to bring a fitting end to this four-year spanning series.
A Perfect Day
Two roguish aid workers (Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins) find themselves “somewhere in the Balkans” with a problem on their hands. The local water supply is being spoiled by a decomposing body in the well and while the conflict may be over, Del Toro and Robbins are about to find that the bureaucracy has just begun as they tread nimbly between bemused locals, uptight security forces and the UN in their quest to put things right. A Perfect Day is genuinely fun, just be prepared for huge shifts in tone as director, Fernando León de Aranoa, struggles to balance comedy and tragedy.
Secret in their eyes
Based on a 2009 Argentinian film, which was in turn based on a 2005 novel, Secret in Their Eyes, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Ray, an FBI officer determined to reopen a cold case and provide justice for his coworker Jess (Julia Roberts), whose daughter was a victim of rape and murder. The story spans 13 years and finds Ray in a race against time before Jess takes the law into her own hands. A script that deals in flaring tempers and raw emotion draws impressive performances from its top-billed cast, while the film deviates enough from its source material to warrant a standalone viewing.
Inspired by true events, Suffragette tells the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, the women who risked everything in the hope of achieving gender equality and more specifically, the vote for women in Britain in the early 20th century. The film centres on Maud (Carey Mulligan), a working mother newly recruited to the ranks, as the civil disobedience of the Suffragettes begins to spark debate around the nation.
Bollywatch: Jagga Jasoos
Supposedly an amalgamation of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Mission Impossible, with a healthy dose of comedy thrown in for good measure, this drama is about a gifted teenage detective (Ranbir Kapoor), who is searching for his missing father with the help of his assistant and love interest (Katrina Kaif). Kaif has called the film “very brave” for it’s experimental nature, so it’s probably one to keep an eye on.