Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Uh oh, because they broke the rules in the last hunger games, and sparked that dangerous emotion called hope amongst the dystopian society that is the world of Suzanne Callins’ Hunger Games triology, things are about to get mixed up. With hope you see, comes strength. With strength come defiance, with defiance comes change.
Change is not something President Snow will abide, and as such, threatens not only Katniss and her family, but the whole of District 12, if Katniss doesn’t convince the general populous that she is in-fact, deeply in love with Peeta, and supportive of Snow.
But it’s too late for acting and everyone sees through the charade, forcing Snow to do something drastic. The 75th Hunger Games will take tributes from previous winners, forcing Katniss back into the arena.
Due to the success of the first film, Catching Fire gets a bit of a cash injection, and whilst there are plenty of signs that the director is keeping this as tween friendly as possible (like not actually showing a guy get executed, and there not being any blood when his body gets dragged away after being shot in the head) there is a more heightened feeling of danger, as (for those for us who have not read the books and therefore don’t know what happens!) whilst you know Katniss has to make it through to the last two films, you never quite sure who will suffer along the way.
Whilst there is a huge amount of the film in the arena again, this is not the film’s sole focus, as we get hints of the growing rebellion and that something is a little off in the games actual. All gets revealed though, and quite unexpectedly, and before you know it you’ve come to a cliffhanger ending.
It has to be said, I was not the most excited punter going into the cinema, and I was worried that I would end up falling asleep (too many hours on the XBox One), but come the ending of the film, I was actually thinking it was quite short. It wasn’t until later that I realised that the almost two and a half hours had sped by in a higly entertaining fashion.