The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Movie Review

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2013 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Adventure
146 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review


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.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) is an American dystopian science-fiction thriller adventure film that was based on Catching Fire (2009) novel by Suzanne Collins. Catching Fire is the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy/series and is the sequel to The Hunger Games (2012). The movie had a budget of about $130 -140 million and grossed over $865 million worldwide. Worldwide - it was recognized as the highest-grossing film in The Hunger Games series, the 41st highest-grossing film and the fifth highest-grossing film of 2013. In North America -
It was the tenth highest-grossing film, the highest-grossing film of The Hunger Games series, and the highest-grossing 2013 film. Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend (2007), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), Constantine (2005)) did an incredible job smoothly directing this truly original invention that is smart and visually intriguing.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes place several months after The Hunger Games (2012) where we see Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark at home safely after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen receives a visit from President Snow ( Donald Sutherland - The Italian Job (2003), MASH (1970), Pride & Prejudice (2005)) at her home in District 12 and they agreed not lie to each other. Snow informed Katniss ( Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games (2012), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)) that her output/actions in the Games resulted in rebellions across the districts. Snow told her that her loved ones will be killed if she does not convince him during the upcoming Victory tour that she was not going against the Capitol, and her actions were out of love for Peeta.

Katniss and Peeta ( Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), The Hunger Games (2012)) was warned that they will have to show that their relationship is real/appears real for the rest of their lives. Peeta and Katniss got engaged as Katniss suggested and it was carried out/approved by Snow. Skip forward and we see the 75th Hunger Games, the Third Quarter Quell where Katniss wears a wedding dress in the pre-Games interviews as ordered by President Snow. Peeta told everyone that he and Katniss are expecting a baby, and they got married secretly. All hell broke loose, and we see endless battles as the Game continues.

I was caught by surprise when I saw Katniss waking up in an aircraft along with a few others and the head Gamemaker, reveals to them that he is a rebel against Snow. District 12 was destroyed by the Capitol, and that is all I am leaving you with because there will be no spoilers so watch the movie when possible. One thing that I did not like about this film is that it was too long, and the screenplay and direction felt short at times because the needlessly long duration of the film. Another negative is that the ending was abrupt as though there was a shortage of time but there was more than enough time, way too much time and also, why did we have to wait for the second half of the movie to see action scenes. All of the actors did a phenomenal job with their roles. There is a lot of pros/positive about this movie so do yourselves a favor and watch the first installment before viewing this movie.

About The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013

Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Original Title: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games 2, The Hunger Games II
Year: 2013
Runtime: 146 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Raiden Integra, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Daniel Bernhardt, Toby Jones, Rory Healy, Jeff Glover, Jena Malone, Judd Lormand, E. Roger Mitchell, Kevin J. O'Connor, Wilbur Fitzgerald, King, Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, Kathy Walton, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Jeff Matthew Glover, Robert Hatch, Michael Jaegers, Bruno Gunn, Sam Claflin, Angela Kerecz, Chuck Clark, Kathy Walton Pulley, Taylor McPherson, Liam Hemsworth, Charles Casey
Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt, Suzanne Collins
Director: Francis Lawrence