The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, 2013)

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second film in The Hunger Games series. The original, being released in 2012 had Gary Ross as a director. However, it didn’t take very long for the second Hunger Games film to be released, just recently this year in 2013.

The film focuses on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who was one of the victors for the 74th Hunger Games along with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) who also plays a significant actor within the film.

After winning the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen lives as a victor for a small duration, giving speeches to the public and attending parties with other victors. However, the public, who are split up into different districts begin to rebel, and it seems that Katniss has started up a army rebellion.

This film focuses a lot on the public uprising within the districts and also President Snow trying to find a way to deal with the uprising, which results in his intentions to show the governments power and set up yet another Hunger Games, where only the previous victors battle.

Katniss is forced to attend, as the only female victor of her district (District 12) and has to battle against some of the previous contestants in a battle to the death. However, the plot unfolds out into something slightly different and the results are interesting.

Having read the books, I found that the film missed out some of the key components which were of significant importance in order to tell the story well. However, obviously the film had to be shortened when producing it based off the novel, and as a result I believe that Francis Lawrence did a reasonably good job in the way that everything was pieced well together.

Overall, I found that the film was quite interesting and did a pretty good job on copying the book.

I would rate this film 8.1/10

-08spencerh

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