An emotionally satisfying experience that brings to life a group of appealing characters and allows them to grow and expand in front of the lens.
Exactly what the average movie-goer would expect from something with this title and these actors and, judged on that basis, it rarely misfires.
More about character and performance - specifically, a career-best turn for Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden - than narrative.
An old-fashioned inspirational tale about the undertrodden overcoming.
Embraces many of the clichés of the war movie but, instead of laying them out in a rote fashion, the film synthesizes them into a visceral, ultimately inspirational result.
There are some good one-liners and offbeat moments but the goal is more to provoke chuckles than guffaws.
U.S. Release Date: 2014-11-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Jeffrey Wright, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Natalie Dormer
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