The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was tipped to be a blockbuster hit. Mark Williams was on hand to see if it was on target
The sequel to the surprise 2012 hit begins with the return of Katniss Everdeen suffering from post-traumatic stress, and the strange dystopian world on the edge of rebellion. The malicious President Snow seeks to put an end to the growing tensions, and more importantly put an end to Katniss, who has become a symbol of hope for the rebellious. Enter new head gamesmaker Heavensbee, who devises the 75th annual Hunger Games, whereby the contestants are chosen from the victors of the previous games. There, Snow and Heavensbee hope, Katniss will meet her maker.
There is one obvious flaw in the film; it is incredibly similar to the first. However, seeing as though the film is based on the books, it is hardly the filmmakers fault. The film is still engaging, thrilling and shocking. Let us not forget, this is a film about kids killing kids to the bitter end (all within the 12A remit of course).
Where the film truly excels is the performances. Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Elizabeth Banks add sterling support, and Donald Sutherland is suitably menacing as the President. Phillip Seymor Hoffman bizarrely looks like he has just walked in to say a few lines, yet still brings a chill to the proceedings. But it is Jennifer Lawrence that is the true standout. Fresh from winning an Oscar, she delivers a performance that makes the audience care for what happens to its lead character, something of a rarity for similar film franchises. I’m looking at you Frodo.
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