THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Written by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt (based on Suzanne Collins novel)
Directed by Francis Lawrence
The 2nd part of this highly popular franchise takes our heroine Katniss Everdeen to the capitol where she has to jump many hoops to keep up appearances after her rebellious actions in the previous installment’s elimination games.
But the rebellion is boiling in the various districts. While her life is constantly in danger, it gets very real again when the president instates a special Hunger Games (kind of like a Survivor all-stars of previous winners, only with an added element many probably hope for when watching yet another TV season: Death!).
Alliances are forged and the system of the authorities gets figured out, to be turned against them and setting the wheels in motion to lead the viewer into the next chapter where those opposing the fascist regime’s oppression will fight to take their power back. And Kravitz gets his ass kicked(!)
Expect some tense action, slick big budget delivery and some predictabilities, but solid entertainment nonetheless.
A more disturbing real life issue linked to the movie is the son of second unit director Peter Rodger who went on a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, killing several people (and himself).
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- Paul Blom
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