The Hunger Games lit a spark, but its sequel Catching Fire is what will set the world ablaze. Performing better than any sequel in recent memory, Catching Fire gives audiences exactly what they want: bigger, better, and more. Director Francis Lawrence isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel with this movie, but it’s obvious special attention was paid to resolve the gripes made about The Hunger Games. The cast, Jennifer Lawrence in particular, all give exceptionally strong performances, clearly having grown more comfortable in their roles. Sequels are meant to satisfy our burning need for more of what we loved the first time around, and sometimes setup forthcoming sequels; Catching Fire does this all, and then some. (more…)
The first teaser trailer for Francis Lawrence‘s follow-up to last years summer blockbuster The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has hit the Internet. The first film left our heroes victorious in the 74th Hunger Games, but the social unrest is reaching a boiling point in the 12 districts.
President Snow is not pleased, and he has a plan to crush the rebellious tendencies of the districts, the Quarter Quell. Gather up all the past champions and send them into the Hunger Games Arena once more.
The surviving cast members have returned to reprise their respective roles. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Willow Shields are all back, with the affition of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding, Amanda Plummer and Jeffrey Wright.
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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE opens on November 22, 2013.
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