The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Twelve months after winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and her partner Peeta Mellark must go on what is known as the Victor’s Tour, wherein they visit all the districts, but before leaving, Katniss is visited by President Snow who fears that Katniss defied him a year ago during the games when she chose to die with Peeta. With both Katniss and Peeta declared the winners, it is fueling a possible uprising. He tells Katniss that while on tour she better try to make sure that she puts out the flames or else everyone she cares about will be in danger.
Plot Keywords: katniss-everdeen-character / haymitch-abernathy-character / effie-trinket-character / president-snow-character / man-with-a-ponytail
Taglines: Every revolution begins with a spark.
Certificate: Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics (with warning) | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Iceland:12 | India:UA | Ireland:12A | Italy:T | Japan:G | Malaysia:P13 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Poland:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Russia:12+ | Russia:16+ (dvd) | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:15 | Spain:12 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 | United Kingdom:12A | United States:PG-13
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence , Liam Hemsworth , Jack Quaid , Taylor St. Clair , Sandra Ellis Lafferty , Woody Harrelson , Josh Hutcherson , Paula Malcomson , Willow Shields , Donald Sutherland , Elizabeth Banks , Bruce Bundy , Nelson Ascencio , Lenny Kravitz , Stanley Tucci , Afemo Omilami , Kimberley Drummond , Deena Beasley , Leon Lamar , Mandy Neuhaus , Erika Bierman , Philip Seymour Hoffman , Wilbur Fitzgerald , Patrick St. Esprit , Jill Jane Clements , James Sutton , Alan Ritchson , Stephanie Leigh Schlund , Meta Golding , Jeffrey Wright , Amanda Plummer , Megan Hayes , Sam Claflin , Stef Dawson , Lynn Cohen , Toby Jones , Jena Malone , James Logan , E. Roger Mitchell , Bruno Gunn , Maria Howell , Judd Lormand , Elena Sanchez , John Casino , Marian Green , Daniel Bernhardt , Ravi Naidu , Franco Castan , Andrea Alcorn , Joshua Allen , Jared Allman , Scott Alms , Smith Anthony , Laura Avnaim , Tanner Baker , Noëlle Renée Bercy , JoAnn Bernat , Terri Blazek , Christina Blizzard , Kurt Bonatz , Jenna Brandi , Giovanna Braund , Diane Bray , Starlin Britt , Nicky Buggs , Charles Casey , Harley Castro , Britney Chisholm , Jordan Christian , Chuck Clark , Hunter Clowdus , Brian Cole , Rita Conte , Samantha Gillies Cox , Greg Crews , Camryn Curtis , Courtney Curtis , Moses Das , Lindsay Davis , John Deifer , Max DiNatale , Elyse Dufour , Justin East , Larry Jay Ertley , Rode Ferland , Michael J. Flanagan , John Fleischmann , Sarra Forti , Eddie Franklin , William Frasca , Miranda-Lynn Gartin , Jeff Glover , Lance Grisham , Jordan Harvey , Robert Hatch , Rory Healy , Ron Heisler , Karen Henning , C. Addison Higgins , Justin Hix , Sarah Turner Holland , Vincent Howard , Raiden Integra , Abigail Jackson , Michael Jaegers , John Jaret , Dale Anthony Jennings , Eric Jepson , Cecilia Johnson , Jevon Johnson , Berglind Jonsdottir , Bobby Jordan , Dennis Stephen Joseph , Dustin Kaiser , Kathryn Kelly , Angela Kerecz , Debi Kimsey , King , Mehmet Korhan , Michael Koske , Levi Krevinghaus , Omar Lagudali , Johnny Land , Kirk LaSalle , Ivette Li-Sanchez , Juliet Reeves London , Kenneth Manos , Lindley Mayer , Andrew S. McMillan , Mike McVearry , Gary Miller , Rocky Mohammed , Jaylen Moore , Aaron Taylor Morrow , Moses J. Moseley , Royce Munn , Carson Nicely , Kevin J. O’Connor , Dayo Okeniyi , Jonathan Pal , William Palmer Jr. , John J. Palomino , Christopher Payne , Michael Pendergrass , April Phipps , Keith Ratchek , Edd Robinson , Joel Rogers , Dillon Roseen , Anthony Rosso , Julisita Salcedo , Nancy Sandlin , Gina Santiago , Matthew Sara , Eli Shannon , Jackson Spidell , Ron Stafford , Angela Dawn Staten , Chris Steele , Amandla Stenberg , Kelly Sturniolo , Alyssa Talbot , Don Teems , Michael A. Templeton , William Tokarsky , Laila Topp , Jerrad Vunovich , Bilan Walker , Eli Walker , Kathy Walton , Bailee Watters , Tiffany Waxler , Ben Weddington , Joseph Wesolowski , Memi West , Amy Westmoreland , Garret Ethan Whittington , Nickolas Wolf , Ashton Lee Woolen , Sarah Wylie
Company: Color Force
Country: United States
Released Date: 27 Nov 2013 (Vietnam)
Film Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Runtime: 146 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1 | SDDS | IMAX 6-Track
Aspect Ratio: 1.43 : 1 (IMAX version: arena sequence)
Mike-DD » 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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