After winning the Hunger Games, Katniss returns to her life and friends, only to be sent on a Victor’s Tour through the districts. With a rebellion already forming it focuses around Katniss on her tour, making her a target for the Capitol as a means to squash the uprising.
Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Donald Sutherland (President Snow), Bruce Bundy (Octavia), Stanley Tucci (Caesar), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna).
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins by filling us in a bit on the life Katniss has been leading since her success in the Hunger Games. Though she is in love and trying to move on, the social inequity revealed by the Hunger Games is haunting her. Heading out on a Victor’s Tour, Katniss is warned by the President that her victory has sparked a rebellion and on threats to her family, she is ordered to help stop it. Unlike the first film there is much less a focus on technology in this episode, and much more focus on drama and personal struggles, leaving action as an afterthought.
Acting was good once again with Lawrence seeming to dive deeply into the Katniss character. Hutcherson was able to more fully develop his character and did a nice job. Harrelson, Sutherland, and Tucci were back with their usual. Bundy was able to give a bit more this time around which was nice, as did Kravitz.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done once again with good detail and nice natural scenery. Of course, CGI was extensively used but fit the film very well. Action scenes were nicely done with a fairly realistic feel. Dialogue was solid, added depth to the film, and was fairly consistent. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
As would be expected from a successful franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was technically a well done film exhibiting good detail and quality. The plot itself is a different story however, focusing more on political, social, and personal struggles as opposed to showcasing action scenes and intelligence. The film isn’t bad, but it is somewhat different than the first so be prepared.
With intense violence, some possibly disturbing elements for younger viewers, mild foul language and suggestive situations, this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Action Thrillers, Teen Dramas
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