The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

the-hunger-games-catching-fire-dvd-cover-14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the sequel to the successful first film The Hunger Games. The film adaptations have been inspired by The Hunger Games book trilogy.

Six months after Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the 74th Hunger Games, they carry on their lives in District 12 in peace. However, just before the duo are expected to do a victory tour of the country, President Coriolanus Snow visits Katniss and warns her that a rebellion has broken out in the other districts, inspired by their win. As a result, Katniss and Peeta need to express the reasons for their actions, in an attempt to keep the peace.

If you’ve read the book, you can pretty much guess what will happen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire film. As with the first edition, we were very relieved to find that the films stays true to the books, which will please the fans of the trilogy.

Despite the whole thing being incredibly long to sit through, you’re never short of a new drama appearing out of nowhere to keep you from nodding off in your chair.

Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen, has been complimented throughout the movie industry for her role, with the first film launching her into the public eye and becoming a role model for many young women around the world. In the second film, we feel Jennifer Lawrence has become more involved with her role as strong-headed Katniss, contributing to the film’s infectious hype.

Special effects are definitely not in short supply in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Almost every scene had CGI, but thankfully the film avoided going overboard to the point of becoming tacky. The CGI was mostly impressive in the arena, when the victors are attacked by obstacles in an attempt to kill them off. It’s really difficult to know when to stop with the special effects, but The Hunger Games Catching Fire team definitely nail it.

Unfortunately, for those who have a short attention span, you may have to take a break halfway through the film for a breather. This is only because 146 minutes (2 hours and 26 minutes) can be quite a challenge to sit through.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is an excellent adaptation from the book, providing you with nail-biting action and rebellion against those in power.

If you haven’t seen the first film, we recommend you do so before watching the sequel.

9/10

 

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