London: Director Francis Lawrence and star Natalie Dormer have defended the level of violence in "Mockingjay Part 2", saying they did not want to shy away from the book's original content.
The final instalment of "The Hunger Games" franchise, is said to be the saga's most violent film yet, with scenes showing the bombing of young children and a public execution, reported Contactmusic.
"In the visual interpretation of the stories, I wanted to make sure that we were again focusing on the emotional consequence of it, not the carnage, not the blood... You'll notice there's very, very little blood. That's not what I wanted to explore, that's not what I'm interested in," said Lawrence.
Speaking about deciding how much violence to include in the movie Lawrence added. "That was probably the biggest challenge I had in the making of this movie specifically. I think each of the movies has been violent in its own way, but this was going to be the toughest."
Dormer also spoke about the film's violent content during its London premiere. "I think the Hunger Games is a phenomenon that's rewritten the rule book about what can be commercially viable. It's not condescending, it's not patronising to its young audience," the actress said.