The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

January 10th, 2014


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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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.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.4/10 (5,673 voted)

Critic's Score: 75/100

Director: Francis Lawrence

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt

Jennifer Lawrence - Katniss Everdeen
Liam Hemsworth - Gale Hawthorne
Jack Quaid - Marvel
Taylor St. Clair - Ripper
Sandra Ellis Lafferty - Greasy Sae
Woody Harrelson - Haymitch Abernathy
Josh Hutcherson - Peeta Mellark
Paula Malcomson - Katniss' Mother
Willow Shields - Primrose Everdeen
Donald Sutherland - President Snow
Elizabeth Banks - Effie Trinket
Bruce Bundy - Octavia
Nelson Ascencio - Flavius
Lenny Kravitz - Cinna
Stanley Tucci - Caesar Flickerman

Taglines: Every revolution begins with a spark.


Official Website: | Lionsgate [United States] |

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 22 November 2013

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $140,000,000 (estimated)

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

Some stories are built on passion, some on courage and some on hope. Very rarely do you come across a love story that encompasses itself around a life-or-death contest. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire introduces us to the world of Katniss Everdeen, who mirrors the most innocent of sentiments which lie locked up within the depths of our heart. She wins us over in the first frame, because she is one among us. It is not her heroism which makes her a heroine, but her vulnerability which makes her endear-able. The audience falls in love with Katniss because she is scared of the unknown just like us. What makes her a hero is her conviction and spirit, which makes her embark on a wide-spread journey for the search of love and faith. It is somewhere in that journey, that you no longer root for Jennifer Lawrence and her victory, but for Katniss and her belief, which makes The The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a winner right from the opening credits.

Her name is Katniss, Katniss Everdeen. Brought up in an unforgiving society, Katniss battles the alternate evils of racial profile and scornful peers with equal focus, trying to make sense of the world that burns homes, bullies people at school and make a false show of sympathy. She goes by the doctrine of the Mockingjay, which teaches her that there are two classes of people in the world, those who are good and would offer a lollipop and those who are bad and would point a sharp stick. There is no caste, creed or religion but just people who shape the world. It is this philosophy which Katniss carries forward in her love and faith, painting her journey in a collage of alternate light and dark emotions, shadow plays of human nature which guides her to the world or perhaps, guides the world towards her.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is appreciable because of its brilliance, acceptable for its nobility and unquestionable in its integrity. Suzanne Collins weaves in a tale of love, faith, strength and humanity within a cinematic frame of timeless minutes pulling out a riveting and compelling human drama of innocence poised against the system, through the filtered sensibilities of a patient suffering from the effects of unjust society, one who cannot understand the world, but love it enough to change it. The keynotes of each frame, drenched with subtle social comments and complex emotional undertones makes the movie an amalgamation of the colors of hope and persistence, with layered textures of unspoken bonds. With Katniss Everdeen, Collins succeeds in bringing the system on trial through the eyes of one who cannot bias herself on any ideology, making her emotions pure and though provoking, which touches the innermost chords of the heart, moistening the eyes and serenading the senses.

The story is filled with emotional subtexts which move at breakneck speed throughout the length of the film, constantly switching gears between the palettes of emotions. The dialogs exude class and confidence holding grip of the story yet laced with the finesse that allows for emotional drama combined with spiritual uprising, casting a dark satire on the entire system and its treatment of identities. The script penned by Collins is one of par excellence, allowing the audience to blend into Katniss through her smiles and tears, laugh in her joy and cringe with every blow dealt to her. The screenplay drops hypocritical moral ambitions to make scathingly relevant comments on modern outlook of the world, making it rise several notches above anything attempted in modern-day Hollywood.

In the end, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire becomes the experience it is because of Katniss and Peeta, essayed flawlessly by Lawrence and Hutcherson. Lawrence exudes the spirit of Katniss in every breath and pulse of the film, putting in a performance that is beyond any benchmark of excellence. She controls every single emotional nerve of the audience with vacant stares and dimpled smiles, towering like an illusionist conjuring up a magical performance of a lifetime. She breaks every stereotypical mould attached to her to rise like a phoenix from the ashes with Katniss, who reigns over the audience in a sweeping wave of emotions, establishing a bond that scales beyond the arc-lights of the 70mm screen. She is complimented by Hutcherson whose very presence lights up the entire room with just a flashing smile. He balances the sensitivity of love and charm with the emotional conflict of a ravaged heart with effortless poise. The interactions between Hutcherson and his merry company form the highlights of the film, filled with the cackling chemistry of a uninhibited passion, captivating the audience in the mesmerizing spell of the couple. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy delivers a matured and restrained performance while Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne blends in simplicity with sensibility in a performance that comes straight from the heart. Donald Sutherland is exceptional as President Snow in his mannerisms while the supporting cast all deliver credible performances including Jena Malone in a dazzling cameo.

There will always be movies that enchant us with their magic, but there will hardly be a journey that goes beyond cinematic borders to deliver the experience of a lifetime. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is undoubtedly the new face of global cinema that enthralls with each passing frame, healing the hidden scars of the heart with its message of a better and humane world. There might be superheroes, but there will never be one Katniss Everdeen, who takes pride in being ordinary and yet changes the face of her world.

Earlier time scales used B.C. and A.D. to mark important events. After 14th December 2012, the scales of humanity would mark the world before and after the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

My Rating- 10/10 (Exceptional!!)


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