The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to 2012’s mega-hit The Hunger Games, picks up after District 12 welcomes their winning tributes home. But Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) have little time to settle into their previous lives before a district-wide revolution arises in the midst of preparations for the 75th Annual Hunger Games. What’s disappointing is that the film doesn’t so much end, as cut off at a cliffhanger. Professionally, I’d condemn this as terribly clumsy film making – but really, I just want to see the Games continue
Topics: Book characters, Great girl role models
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Theatrical release date: November 22, 2013
MPAA rating: PG-13
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)Official Trailer Video:
Apart from the two dreamboats without sails, most of the cast seem to have found their groove in this chapter, with Stanley Tucci as a state-sponsored Davina McCall, enjoying a complaisant repartee in the Hunger Games commentary box with Toby Jones – both men primped and ready for a Duran Duran video. I would have liked more time with them, but the film has a propulsive trajectory that hurtles on towards fights with baboons, Amanda Plummer as a distracted babbling savant and Jeffrey Wright as a brainiac physicist nicknamed “Nuts ’n’ Volts” and Sutherland sending stock in snake-eyed treachery to an all-time high.