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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

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16 March 2014 | Mike-DD
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| It's Not Battle Royale Because It's Not Supposed To Be
An earlier reviewer compared this to the Japanese cult favorite Battle Royale and decided it was almost junk. I beg to differ - the film needs to be evaluated on its own merits and its own story. Battle Royale is a single story about merciless, wanton and senseless violence and depravity when the aim was simply to be the last to survive - a kill- fest, where the innovative ways of killing serve to shock and titillate the audience but do little for the plot. The Hunger Games however, is about oppression, fighting back and revolution. The Games, though pivotal, are still part of a larger story.

Compared to the first film, this one is definitely darker. The characters look even more despondent than ever, and if you thought there were few laughs in the first film, there is practically none in this. Even the brightly-lit scenes featuring cheering crowds and smiling hosts seemed dim, bleak and depressing. While enjoying the witty banter, you couldn't help but wait for the 'but...'. The feeling of doom and gloom persists from the start to the end of the film. It is not a bad thing though - it is not supposed to be a happy movie.

Many details and subplots were understandably cut from the film adaptation, but none that were critical to the plot of the film. However, a lot of the peripheral action that were in the book is missing here, hence, though the story moves quickly enough, there is always the feeling that for an action-thriller, there aren't enough fights or explosions. The ones they movie do have aren't exciting or grand enough.

But in terms of story-telling, the movie still works to move from the first film and prepare for the third. The seeds of revolution have been planted and watered, and we now prepare for the maturing and harvesting.

Jennifer Lawrence didn't do as well here as in the last film, probably because most of the growing needed has been done previously. Josh Hutcherson though, put in a better performance. While he may previously be the injured lovestruck puppy dog, his maturing into a more complex character in this movie means he starts carrying more of the film.

Emotionally, this movie affected me less than the last one. Maybe it's partly because I know what is coming, but that accounts for a very minor percentage. Mostly it's because the film is unable to engage your baser emotions - nothing that truly tugs at your heartstrings. The pervading gloom also seems to have sapped any ability to feel more despondent than you think you already are.

It is still a movie that can be enjoyed though, and I did enjoy it enough. Hopefully the next film will provide for more emotional variance. If you don't feel for the characters, you won't care about the film.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Donald Sutherland and Sam Claflin played father and son in The Pillars of the Earth (2010).


Quotes

Gale Hawthorne: Whoa, whoa. Easy. Saw some turkeys on the way here. Crossed right in front of me like I wasn't even there.
Katniss Everdeen: How rude of them.
Gale Hawthorne: That's what happens. You spend six days a week working in the mines and stupid birds start to think they own these woods.
Gale Hawthorne: ...


Goofs

President Snow is drinking champagne and his backwash turns the drink bloody red. This is never mentioned again or revisited in the entire film, but it is addressed in later films. In Mockingjay Part 1, Finnick explains that Snow would poison political threats and he would even drink from the same cup to deflect suspicion. But that the antidotes didn't always work which left him with sores in his mouth that would never heal. The roses that he wore were also used to mask the odor. This is also mentioned by Finnick in the movie and the point is made it the books, as well.


Crazy Credits

The ending of the film has the Catching Fire logo shift into the Mockingjay one to tease the future of the films.


Alternate Versions

Blu-ray Disc versions of the film feature the IMAX scenes in a taller aspect ratio, thus staying more true to the original theatrical exhibition, similar to what was done with the Blu-ray releases for the Christopher Nolan Batman movies.


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Who We Are
Written by
Dan Reynolds (as Daniel Reynolds), Wayne Sermon (as Daniel Sermon), Ben McKee, Joshua Mosser and Alex da Kid (as Alexander Grant)
Performed by Imagine Dragons
Courtesy of KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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