The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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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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Jennifer Lawrence
as Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson
as Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth
as Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson
as Haymitch Abernathy
Donald Sutherland
as President Snow
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Plutarch Heavensbee
Elizabeth Banks
as Effie Trinket
Stanley Tucci
as Caesar Flickerman
Jena Malone
as Johanna Mason
Willow Shields
as Primrose Everdeen
Paula Malcomson
as Katniss and Primrose's Mother
Toby Jones
as Claudius Templesmith
Patrick St. Esprit
as Romulus Thread
Meta Golding
as Enobaria
Bruce Bundy
as Octavia
Bruno Gunn
as Brutus
Sam Claflin
as Finnick
Jack Quaid
as Marvel
Afemo Omilami
as District 11 Mayor
Deena Beasley
as Thresh's Grandmother
Leon Lamar
as Old Man
Mandy Neuhaus
as Flower Girl
Erika Bierman
as Snow's Granddaughter
James Sutton
as Presidential Guard
Megan Hayes
as Female Morphling
Stef Dawson
as Annie Cresta
James Logan
as District 5 Male Tribute
Judd Lormand
as Hovercraft Peacekeeper
Marian Green
as District 9 Female Tribute
Daniel Bernhardt
as District 9 Male Tribute
Ravi Naidu
as Operator #1
Franco Castan
as Operator #2
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

All Critics (278) | Top Critics (59)

  • This is Empire Strikes Back stuff. It has that second Star Wars movie's kick of confidence.

    Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Director Francis Lawrence's film runs nearly two-and-a-half hours but it concludes so abruptly and tantalizingly, it leaves you wanting more.

    Nov 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The budget is nearly twice the original, and it shows. Great work from the A-list cast, amazing set designs and costumes.

    Nov 22, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original.

    Nov 22, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • 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.

    Nov 22, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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