Hunger Games – 8.7/10 / Catching Fire – 9.1/10 / Mockingjay Pt. 1 – 6/10 / Mockingjay Pt. 2 – 8/10
Plot Synopsis: Set in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem, where every year each of the 12 Districts must offer up one girl and one boy to the Capitol for a collective fight to the death in the annual Hunger Games as punishment for a past rebellion. The first Hunger Games film follows Katniss Everdeen, a girl who volunteers as tribute when her little sister is chosen to participate in the Games, and Peeta Mellarck as they try to make it out alive.
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The Hunger Games (2012)
A brutalistic, incisive blockbuster interpretation of the pop-cultural phenomenon & NYT #1 bestselling book series, THG is a dramatic, bleak, icy-veins dystopian statement on class hierarchization, war, oppression, politics, reality TV, religion, and Marxism with action-packed survival thrills and career-making performance by Jennifer Lawrence.
Official CLC Score: 8.7/10
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
The best THG film and one of the best modern sequels, Catching Fire lives up to its eponymous promise by fiery moxie, tropical-infusion, epic scale/stakes-aggrandization, political chess-moves & hostility, smoothly-directed exploration of its thought-provocative themes, darker and leaner choreographed action, cliffhanger plot-twist ending, & more fantastic performances by the series top-notch cast.
Official CLC Score – 9.1/10
Mockingjay, Part I (2014)
The impossible follow-up to Catching Fire, Mockingjay is a bizarrely-bloated, hyper-dystopian, casualty-laden political/liberation piece: one whose fine-acting, slick political subtext, and shock-ending buoy it just above the passability-line, but mixedly-so – noticeably lacking Games-excitement and plot-stretched to a [~non-supportable] two-parter. 6/10.
Official CLC Score: 6/10
Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015)
The finale to Suzanne Collins’ politicized sci-dystopian quadrilogy, Part 2 corrects the snail-pace and action-less canvas of Mockingjay with bite and acidity: all-out revolution against the autocratic capitol twisting an entire city into a provisional 76th Hunger Games for maximum entertainment value. 8/10.
Official CLC Score: 8/10