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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

December 6, 2013
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If your “appetite” was whetted by the previews, the movie is finally here!  I am  pleased to report that the film is a worthy sequel to its predecessor.  I am not the only one who thinks so since the movie is “scorching” the box office.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has to go on tour with her co-winner in the last Hunger Games (Peeta Mellark-Josh Hutcherson).The Dictator of Penam (President Snow-Donald Sutherland) wants the couple to pretend that they love each other and say nice things about the Capital, in order to to simmer down the other Districts that are starting to rebel.

Snow wants to eliminate Katniss (who has become a symbol of defiance) so he creates an All Star Hunger Games for the 75th Anniversary of the games (The Quarter Quell).  Katniss and Peeta now must risk their lives again in an arena with even more dangerous opponents, since they consist only of past Hunger Games winners.  The new Game Master is Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and he provides some very creative and interesting challenges.

The first half of the movie provides the political backdrop while the second half has all the action.

The cast is essentially the same except for Hoffman and some new characters.   The acting is excellent as are the special effects.

I liked the first one a little better because it was new and fresh but Robin liked this one better because she enjoyed the political intrigue.

If you liked the first one “the odds  are in your favor” that you will also enjoy this film.  If you haven’t seen the first one, I would rent it and then if you like it, see this one too.  I think you would miss too much by just seeing this film on its own.

Rating 8.0

Dave

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