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.
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Catching Fire, a thrilling sequel to the Hunger Games, not only is brilliantly done, but both hard-core book fans and people who just enjoy a good drama/action movie should be content with this film. While this film may not be one that is forever remembered, and is certainly not a masterpiece, Catching Fire is thoroughly well done and has the ability to both move the audience to tears, and to the edge of their seats. Although sequels usually have a bad reputation, this movie is better than the first Hunger Games, and is a good transition film to the final movie that will end the trilogy.
For starters, in comparison to HUnger Gsmes, I felt like everything in this movie was stepped up a notch, as if the original filmakers saw their flaws in the first movie and decided to do this one a little different. Not to say that the first movie was bad, but there were a few things here and there that could of made it better. Catching Fire does this. Instead of the shaky cameras,that seemed to be evident in Hunger Games, this was pretty clear. The script felt more realistic, and was carefully written with more humor this time, but also with parts that could really move the audience. That being said, the actors seemed more comfortable in their roles the second time around, and were able to deliver their lines a little more emotionally.
The story of the film was overall well done. For any of the serious book fans, this movie is very close to the original novel, and will not disappoint. However, anyone who has not read the teen novel, can be pleased with the twists and turns of the movie. The general flow of one scene to the next seems to be in better control than in the first movie as well. Although, similar to the first movie, the first half is somewhat slow, and the actual action is really until later in the movie.
I think the most impressive part of the movie, is the intensity of the world that Katniss lives in. We are given the chance to really see the cruelty of the Capitol and how it effects the lives of everyone. There are a lot of emotional scenes that make you really feel for the characters and the difficult situation they are in. The soundtrack, as well as the acting, makes you really think deep.
Whether you are a book fan or not, this movie is a thrilling sequel!