Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Director: Francis Lawrence, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Cast: Francis Lawrence, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

     
 

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The Hunger Games saga continues in this sequel that finds a revolution brewing as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) take a "Victor's Tour" of the districts, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plots their downfall

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The Hunger Games saga continues in this sequel that finds a revolution brewing as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) take a "Victor's Tour" of the districts, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plots their downfall during preparations for the Quarter Quell, which only occurs every 25 years in celebration of the Capitol's victory over the districts. Hoping to put an end to the growing threat of rebellion, President Snow announces that the Quell's tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors -- guaranteeing Katniss a place in the arena. Though Katniss vows to keep Peeta safe even if it means sacrificing her own life, her fellow tributes have a different plan.

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Francis Lawrence may not have had to fight for his life while directing the second installment in The Hunger Games series, but his task, metaphorically speaking, was not entirely unlike entering the dreaded arena: He had to appease the series' passionate fan base without alienating those unfamiliar with the story, depict a wide variety of environments, and avoid the trappings of adapting a middle book. Frankly, the odds sucked. The good news is that he prevailed anyway. The key to the success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is its steadfast adherence to the novel's central theme: Surviving the Games and leaving the arena are not mutually exclusive. The film once again begins in the dreary District 12, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) have literally and figuratively been set apart from the rest of the community. Their newfound wealth and luxurious new homes in the "Victor's Village" leave them physically isolated from those who continue to starve under the Capitol's brutal regime; more importantly, their experiences in the Games have left them both with acute post-traumatic stress disorder. The once steely Katniss cries frequently and suffers from nightmares and hallucinations. Peeta is solemn and depressed. Their mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) continues to anesthetize himself with alcohol. While the victors continue to fight the wars in their minds, a very real spark of revolution is spreading throughout the impoverished districts. The film transitions seamlessly to the Victory Tour, wherein Katniss and Peeta are forced to sing the praises of the Capitol in each of the districts in front of an audience that includes the families of those killed in the Games. Prior to the tour, Katniss was addressed by President Snow himself (played to perfection by Donald Sutherland), who challenged her to quash all thoughts of revolution lest her district be razed and family murdered. Initially, his intent was to make Katniss a pariah by forcing her to act as a tool of the Capitol; however, the oppressed masses remain emboldened, forcing Snow to introduce what is referred to as a "wrinkle." The tributes for the 75th Hunger Games will be reaped from a pool of existing victors in a power move that he hopes will reinforce the iron fist of the Capitol. Catching Fire's tone evolves smoothly from barely contained anxiety to foreboding to betrayal to grim acceptance with very little exposition -- a difficult feat for a film that is driven by action rather than dialogue. There is virtually no dead weight among the cast. Lawrence continues to shine as the reluctant hero Katniss, while Hutcherson imparts a level of depth to his character that was missing in the first movie. Sassy Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), who uses her TV spot to curse at the Capitol audience, is a welcome foil for serious Katniss, and fan favorite Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) wields a trident like nobody's business. Francis Lawrence made a wise decision in emphasizing the camaraderie that takes place inside the arena: It would have been a much more difficult feat to distinguish this film from a watery version of the last had Katniss played the game alone. Catching Fire is tightly paced with very little filler. No line or character is wasted. Even the eccentric, Capitol-born Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) has evolved from the first movie and has become attached to "her" tributes, albeit in a touchingly clueless kind of way. Philip Seymour Hoffman is flawless as the new head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (you can all but see the chess pieces moving with his every word), and Donald Sutherland plays President Snow as though he were the love child of Hannibal Lecter and Voldemort. The film's greatest achievement, however, is its refusal to whitewash the material, condescend to its audience, or perpetuate the myth that the good guys always win, grow up, get married, have babies, and live happily ever after. Despite moments of levity, this is a brutal movie (a success in and of itself given the PG-13 rating) that comes in like a hurricane and provides a needed ass kicking to the schmaltzy, supernatural love triangles that have plagued young-adult fiction in a post-Harry Potter world.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2014
UPC:
0031398181514
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:26:00
Sales rank:
10,808

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson; Deleted scenes; Divergent sneak peek

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Lawrence Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth Gale Hawthorne
Elizabeth Banks Effie Trinket
Stanley Tucci Caesar Flickerman
Woody Harrelson Haymitch Abernathy
Jena Malone Johanna Mason
Willow Shields Primrose Everdeen
Paula Malcolmson Katniss and Primrose's Mother
Lenny Kravitz Cinna
Donald Sutherland President Snow
Philip Seymour Hoffman Plutarch Heavensbee
Amanda Plummer Wiress
Lynn Cohen Mags
Patrick St. Esprit Romulus Thread
Meta Golding Enobaria
Bruno Gunn Brutus
Alan Ritchson Gloss
E. Robert Mitchell Chaff
Maria Howell Seeder
Stephanie Leigh Schlund Cashmere
Sam Claflin Finnick
Jeffrey Wright Beetee
Jack Quaid Marvel
Taylor St.Clair Ripper
Sandra Ellis Lafferty Greasy Sae
Afemo Omilami District 11 Mayor
Kimberley Drummond Rue's Aunt
Deena Beasley Thresh's Grandmother
Leon Lamar Old Man
Mandy Neuhaus Flower Girl
Erika Bierman Snow's Granddaughter
Wilbur Fitzgerald Cray
Jill Jane Clements Old Lady
James Sutton Presidential Guard
Megan Hayes Female Morphling
Stef Dawson Annie Cresta
Toby Jones Claudius Templesmith
James Logan District 5 Male Tribute
Judd Derek Lormand Hovercraft Peacekeeper
Elena Sanchez Cecelia
John Casino Woof
Marian Green District 9 Female Tribute
Daniel Bernhardt District 9 Male Tribute
Ravi Naidu Operator #1
Franco Castan Operator #2

Technical Credits
Francis Lawrence Director
Simon Beaufoy Screenwriter
Alan Edward Bell Editor
Robert Bock Cinematographer
Lai Lok Chau Animator
Suzanne Collins Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Adam Davis Art Director
Michael DeBruyn Screenwriter
Joseph Drake Executive Producer
Robert Fechtman Art Director
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Nina Jacobson Producer
Jon Kilik Producer
Philip Messina Production Designer
Sheila Nash Set Decoration/Design
Alexandra Patsavas Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeremy Peirson Sound/Sound Designer
Jason Pomerantz Production Manager
Aldric La'Auli Porter Asst. Director,Co-producer
Louise Rosner Executive Producer
Alli Shearmur Executive Producer
Easton M. Smith Set Decoration/Design
Trish Summerville Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Surgent Asst. Director
Jo Willems Cinematographer
Debra Zane Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hunger Games: Catching Fire
1. Chapter 1
1. Scene 1 [4:34]
2. Scene 2 [4:58]
3. Scene 3 [4:32]
4. Scene 4 [6:00]
5. Scene 5 [6:49]
6. Scene 6 [5:05]
7. Scene 7 [4:33]
8. Scene 8 [4:58]
9. Scene 9 [5:49]
10. Scene 10 [4:34]
11. Scene 11 [3:16]
12. Scene 12 [7:00]
13. Scene 13 [5:59]
14. Scene 14 [5:23]
15. Scene 15 [4:03]
16. Scene 16 [7:15]
17. Scene 17 [4:13]
18. Scene 18 [3:02]
19. Scene 19 [8:49]
21. Scene 22 [8:30]
23. Scene 23 [5:55]
24. Scene 24 [5:49]

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've read the book, you know that they follow the plot very well, and even most key points. If you have not read the book, then know that you are literally watching a book play out in a reader's mind. As for the movie sucking, it didn't. It was honestly one of the best book-to-film adaptations I've seen other than Divergent. If you enjoyed Hunger Games and like Catching Fire, then don't hesitate to buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I initially "read" all of the Hunger Games series as it came out on audiobook, and have watched the first two movies. As has been previously reported, the movies faithfully follow the book's story-line in detail even to graphically representing the costumes and scenery that S Collins so vividly word-painted for us. All reports indicate the audiobook is equally faithful in its detail and in the reader's interpretations.
DanieDS More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing!
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bookhag More than 1 year ago
I am so excited for Mockingjay! The books are amazing!
MIABEAR1 More than 1 year ago
best movie EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie sucks. worst movie ever by far.