The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Smart, smoothly directed, and enriched with a deeper exploration of the franchise's thought-provoking themes, Catching Fire proves a thoroughly compelling second installment in the Hunger Games series.

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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. (c) Lionsgate
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PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language)
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Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Elizabeth Banks
as Effie Trinket
Woody Harrelson
as Haymitch Abernathy
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Plutarch Heavensbee
Josh Hutcherson
as Peeta Mellark
Jena Malone
as Johanna Mason
Donald Sutherland
as President Snow
Stanley Tucci
as Caesar Flickerman
Wes Bentley
as Seneca Crane
Toby Jones
as Claudius Templesmith
Daniel Bernhardt
as District 9 Male Tribute
Lynn Cohen
as Mags
James Logan
as District 5 Male Tribute
Afemo Omilami
as District 11 Mayor
Leon Lamar
as Old Man
Paula Malcomson
as Katniss and Primrose's Mother
Jennifer Lawrence
as Katniss Everdeen
Meta Golding
as Enobaria
Patrick St. Esprit
as Romulus Thread
Liam Hemsworth
as Gale Hawthorne
James Sutton
as Presidential Guard
Paula Malcolmson
as Katniss and Primrose's Mother
Maria Howell
as Seeder
Marian Green
as District 9 Female Tribute
Deena Beasley
as Thresh's Grandmother
Sam Claflin
as Finnick
Willow Shields
as Primrose Everdeen
Judd Derek Lormand
as Hovercraft Peacekeeper
Jack Quaid
as Marvel
Megan Hayes
as Female Morphling
Bruno Gunn
as Brutus
Stef Dawson
as Annie Cresta
Ravi Naidu
as Operator #1
Kimberley Drummond
as Rue's Aunt
Mandy Neuhaus
as Flower Girl
Erika Bierman
as Snow's Granddaughter
Franco Castan
as Operator #2
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This is Empire Strikes Back stuff. It has that second Star Wars movie's kick of confidence.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Grantland
Top Critic

Director Francis Lawrence's film runs nearly two-and-a-half hours but it concludes so abruptly and tantalizingly, it leaves you wanting more.

Full Review… | November 24, 2013
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

The budget is nearly twice the original, and it shows. Great work from the A-list cast, amazing set designs and costumes.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Now the violence is not merely physical, but existential. Far from having won her freedom as promised, Katniss is now imprisoned in a false public narrative-supporter of the Capitol, lover of Peeta-from which she may never escape.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original.

November 22, 2013
Denver Post
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the narrative and thematic liberties traditionally granted the middle chapter in a trilogy and drives the stakes up sharply.

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The restless camera in the action scenes still makes it a tad difficult to see what is going on like in the first movie, but what is great about this bleak, intense sequel is that it focuses less on the fighting and more on the political issues, the desolation, the characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

From solid storytelling to Movie Magic, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" surpasses every standard set by it's predecessor and keeps you engaged the entire time. With more character development and a much sharper script, this sequel feels like "The Empire Strikes Back" of this series. This time the winning tributes from the past years are forced back into battle with each other and they must form allies to survive. This time they are in control of the entire setting of the games and try their hardest to decide to lives and who dies. Straying away from the shaky cam like the first film had, and getting much better direction on board, the crew does a much better job here and the actors look more alive than ever. I have to say that I loved every second of my experience with this film, even though a few technical aspects were pretty distracting. The stakes are raised and you will not see some of the twists coming. The second instalment in "The Hunger Games" franchise is terrific and I cannot wait to see the conclusion.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

Catching Fire is not only better than its predecessor in every way, it's a sure fire sci-fi masterpiece. There are great ideas here about hope, fear, heroic figures, symbols, and government control, all of which are explored to the fullest. Great characters, great action, great narrative. One of the best films of 2013.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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