IMdb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/
Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a continuation of the earlier story. For those who are unfamiliar with the plot, here’s a summary from Wikipedia:
In the novel The Hunger Games, at an unspecified time in the future, the nation of “Panem” has risen from the ashes of a post-apocalyptic North America. Panem’s seat of power is a utopian city, called “The Capitol,” located in the Rocky Mountains. Outside of the Capitol, the nation is divided into twelve districts under the hegemony of an authoritarian, totalitarian dictatorship, headed by the tyrannical and cruel dictator President Coriolanus Snow.
The Capitol developed the Hunger Games as an annual event to punish the citizens of Panem for their rebellion and to remind citizens of consequences for rebelling against the absolute power of the Capitol.
The survivors of the last story, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, are now back to their home district but Katniss suffers from nightmares from the Games. In their victory tour to other districts, Katniss and Peeta quickly realized how their actions may inadvertently bring harm to those who around them. In spite of that, there is a stirring amongst the community as people started to riot in small scales, inspired by both of them in their resolve to act against The Capitol’s wishes.
Meanwhile, President Snow and the Head Gamemaster hatches a plot to get rid of Katniss before she becomes a symbol of rebellion. They organized a quarter quell for the 75th Hunger Games, sort of like Survivor: All-Stars, where previous winners are invited back to take part. They rigged the selection so that both Katniss and Peeta are automatically included. Will both of them survive the Games this time? The answer is obvious but the ending may surprise you.
Personally I like the visual style of the movie. Not too futuristic and not quite steampunk, just the right amount of post-modern touches. Katniss’ fiery dresses from the earlier movie also got a nice upgrade this round. Also kudos to the author for coming up with different interesting attacks in the Game while not degenerating into a Final-Destination-style mess. Ultimately the best part of the movie is in the refreshing plot and strong character performance. Jennifer Lawrence continues her convincing performance as the main character Katniss. And Philip Seymour Hoffman’s portrayal of the cunning head Gamemaster is really good.
Will be eagerly awaiting for the final installment of the movie next year.
A side trivial: do you know that Liam Hemsworth who acted as Gale is Chris Helmsworth’s (Thor) brother? Good genes run in the family apparently.
Overall ratings: 4/5