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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review


Release Date: 22nd November 2013
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writer: Simon Beaufoy - Michael Arndt [Screenplay] - Suzanne Collins [Novel]
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence - Josh Hutcherson - Woody Harrelson - Elizabeth Banks - Donald Sutherland - Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Liam Hemsworth



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Posted December 5, 2013 by

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review:

‘Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever, just remember who the enemy is…’

If you didn’t think it could get any worse for Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mallark, Catching Fire throws a rather nasty twist their way for the 75th Hunger Games. The iconic characters we met in The Hunger Games last year have to battle it out once again with various past winners of previous games. Let’s just say if the first film caught your attention, this will certainly not disappoint!

This is a tougher, gutsier and much more brutal look at the Capitol and how they intend to control the districts. After Katniss defied the Capitol in the last games, President Snow just can’t afford to take the chance of another revolution. The only way he can ensure an uprising doesn’t happen is to eliminate the Mockingjay. Kill – Katniss and any other victor’s who pose a threat in order to claim back his status. So by putting her back in the arena after she thought she was safe, would surely do the trick, wouldn’t it?

After the success of The Hunger Games, part two had a lot to live up to. Especially since director Gary Ross refused to work under the time constraints the industry proposed, resulting in Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I am Legend) taking to the director’s chair. Of course we are familiar with different directors taking over due to the sheer amount that Harry Potter had, and in this case Lionsgate made the perfect choice. Suzanne Collins second book was more ferocious and certainly more adult than the first and this is exactly what Lawrence brings to screen with Catching Fire. As the rebellion ripples through each district, the brutality on screen only enhances how devastating the situation is and just how ruthless a leader Snow can be. Yes, it is slightly sugar-coated with its 12a rating, but nevertheless what we see is pretty harsh and offers a true representation of Collins young adult fiction story. We see the return of many characters, plus a whole bunch of new ones, including great performances from Sam Clafin as the hunky warrior Finnick Odair and Jena Malone as the flirtatious Johanna Mason – all of which offer us exceptional entertainment once placed back in the arena. As this very dystopian tale unfolds, we see the creature Katniss has been forced to become in order to protect those she loves. Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss is more emotional than ever, battling her feelings for both Gale and Peeta along with the weight on her shoulders of trying to convince Snow she is no longer a threat (quite a bit to take on, I’d say).

All in all, Catching Fire is a well paced film with the perfect amount devoted to context (for those who haven’t read it). Just beware of poisonous fog, blood rain and screaming Jabberjays! The reign of the Mockingjay has begun.


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One Comment

    Ian Antonio

    I was really impressed with this second instalment of The Hunger Games trilogy.
    After reading the first book and not being very impressed and the similarly watching the first film and it not leaving much of an impression I really didn’t hold out much hope for this 2nd helping but it was quite the opposite. This film really got me hooked in and I was pinned to the edge of the seat.
    Lawrence is spellbinding not just because she is beautiful but because she takes me back to that ‘strong female character’ that actresses like Sigourney Weaver made breakthrough in ‘Alien’ and the rest of the ‘Alien’ saga.
    A strong woman with the perfect amount of sensitivity to make the character loveable and believable for all ages and sexes.
    Not only Lawrence but performances from Hutcherson who really comes through as an intelligent and mature lead male role and Harrelson who captures the audience with that loveable ‘man with nothing to lose who has a heart’ character.

    The action scenes are impressive and regardless of the obligatory plot holes that most of these movies have this film really did leave me waiting for the next of the trilogy.
    Vive la revolution!

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