'Mockingjay' lacks momentum of previous 'Hunger Games'

November 19, 2014 2:45 PM

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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay � Part 1," the first installment in the last chapter of the popular franchise, is all coil and no release. It's a taut, dark portrait of a universe upended by revolution, one where the flashy bread-and-circuses of the first two films have been replaced by anger and despair.

If it's more talky and less satisfying than its predecessor, the propulsive "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - largely because the conclusion won't come until next year with "Part "2 - it's still a sporadically involving adventure.

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