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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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1 year ago By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Francis Lawrence

Actors:
Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Woody Harrelson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Katniss and Peeta’s victory is short lived when President Snow changes the rules of the 75the Hunger Games, forcing them to compete against previous victors in hopes of killing both Katniss and the possibility of rebellion.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I didn’t read the books, and I wasn’t a big fan of the first film. That said, I went into this one with an open mind and found it to be a step up from the last one and a pretty decent flick in its own right. There are still things wrong with it from a viewer’s perspective, but for me personally, it’s the linear story and obvious cop-outs that rob Catching Fire of its potential greatness. There are a couple (MINOR SPOILERS) ahead, so read on only if you’ve watched the film.

On the plus side, Jennifer Lawrence feels at home in the body of Katniss Everdeen (much more so here than she did in the first one). I believe in her here, and I feel her post-traumatic pain. It’s not something the film dwells upon, but if you stop and think about it for a second, being dropped into a no-holds barred death match is bound to leave a mental scar or two. The visuals are breathtaking (love both their flaming entrance and the wedding dress), and it becomes very clear that their budget doubled (if not tripled) this time out—that spaceship looked hella-badass. I dug the Alucard poison mist and the lighting clock, but damn if we haven’t seen enough f*cking monkeys already (baboons technically, but you get the idea). They should have brought back the fallen tribute wolves and actually explained the premise behind them a bit better.

My biggest problem with this movie (like last time) are the games themselves. Thank Christ they ditched the shaky-cam bullshit, but I’m afraid that was only half the problem. The real problem is the fact that these games don’t last all that long. For a film called ‘Hunger Games’ I expect to see more of these games. Nope. And this time was even worse than last time because the damn ‘tricks/elements’ kill most of the damn tributes. Seriously, we lost at least half of them to the mist, monkeys and lightning, and mostly all off-screen at that. The people vs. people action was scarce and if you blink you’ll miss it.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is a step up for the franchise but still fails to properly deliver what they’re trying to sell. I’m not saying this because I want THE RUNNING MAN here, but it’s painfully obvious they’re tip-toeing around the book’s darker elements to keep things within a PG-13 parameter, and all that does is make me wonder how good this series could have been without boundaries. I’m also not much for the film’s weak twist. I won’t spoil anything, but it was by the numbers and underwhelming. Philip Seymour Hoffman (may he rest in peace) was cool until he brings about this ‘twist’ that makes me wonder how stupid President Snow truly is. Sigh. Big round of applause to Stanley Tucci’s teeth though, their performance really shined. Oh, and the elevator scene…niiice ;)
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson are a loathsome couple to listen to as they don’t give off the vibe of being truly ‘there’. And as a result, we get a lackluster commentary with little to offer.

Surviving the Game: Making THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE: The real meat is here in a two and a half hour featurette with lots of interviews with cast and crew and loads of info on the effects, stunts, storyline, books and more. Cool if you’re a hardcore Katniss fan.

Deleted Scenes: Why they bother shaving four and a half minutes off a two and a half hour movie is beyond me. Arguably, not a great four and a half minutes, but they could have stayed.

Previews: There are a slew of trailers, as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
For all its faults, CATCHING FIRE is still a good PG-13 romp with solid acting and a few cool surprises along the way. And at the very least, I can say the film did its job at the end of the day, because I’m more than curious to see how it all plays out.
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10:27AM on 03/30/2014
The second book is called "Catching Fire." Hunger Games is only in the title of the second movie for the same reason the Narnia and Twilight words make an appearance in their titles; so that people who haven't read the books could piece them together. If you were disappointed with the lack of "games" in Catching Fire, don't even bother watching Mockingjay.
The second book is called "Catching Fire." Hunger Games is only in the title of the second movie for the same reason the Narnia and Twilight words make an appearance in their titles; so that people who haven't read the books could piece them together. If you were disappointed with the lack of "games" in Catching Fire, don't even bother watching Mockingjay.
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3:39PM on 03/28/2014
The first one was okay, and I haven't read the books, but I thought Catching Fire was awesome! Also, from what I've heard, if you're disappointed by the lack of actual "games" in this and the previous installment, the next two will really let you down.
The first one was okay, and I haven't read the books, but I thought Catching Fire was awesome! Also, from what I've heard, if you're disappointed by the lack of actual "games" in this and the previous installment, the next two will really let you down.
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