The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Year:
2013
Country:
USA
Genre:
Thriller, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
IMDB rating:
7.7
Director:
Francis Lawrence
Amanda Plummer as Wiress
Alan Ritchson as Gloss
Paula Malcomson as Katniss' Mother
Sandra Ellis Lafferty as Greasy Sae
Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair
Nelson Ascencio as Flavius
Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen
Bruce Bundy as Octavia
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
Jena Malone as Johanna Mason
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee
Jeffrey Wright as Beetee
Donald Sutherland as President Snow
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
Storyline: Six months after winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and her partner Peeta Mellark must go on what is known as the Victor's Tour, wherein they visit all the districts, but before leaving, Katniss is visited by President Snow who fears that Katniss defied him a year ago during the games when she chose to die with Peeta. With both Katniss and Peeta declared the winners, it is fueling a possible uprising. He tells Katniss that while on tour she better try to make sure that she puts out the flames or else everyone she cares about will be in danger.
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Reviews
Poorly written, poorly executed, no character motivation, no reasoning, and no logic
After hearing this movie was better than "The Hunger Games" I was mildly excited. I liked the original Hunger Games, even though I didn't think it was a masterpiece, I still thought it was entertaining and mildly interesting. So I sat down and watched the movie and...

My goodness... rarely have I been so mad at a film.

Imagine a movie where none of the character's have true motivation, the enemy has no motivation, all of the scenes are random and pointless, characters are never fleshed out, the color palette is boring and dull, and everything is absurdly made... This... is Catching Fire.

The movie Catching Fire starts off a little while after the first movie where Katniss is attempting to have an emotional scene with her lover from District 12... this is one of the first main issues with the movie: All of the emotional scenes are either poorly acted or poorly directed. The movie is so bleak and emotionless that the actors try to act bleak and emotionless when there are emotional scenes, and it loses the general impact that it should.

Not to rip on Jennifer Lawrence (she has had some good parts in other films) but her character is so insanely one-dimensional and forced that it is almost unbearable to watch. This could the director's fault or it could be her fault, but either way it is really bad. The character "Katniss" never seems to actually feel or... how to say it... "think". Everything she does is spontaneous and forced. Here is an example: Katniss needs to be mad so we will make her randomly run off dramatically. Katniss needs to be showing an attitude so we will have her drink out of a bottle of alcohol. Katniss needs to care for Peeta so we will make her randomly make out with him. Katniss needs to have one-liners so we will make every SINGLE WORD SHE SAYS A ONE-LINER!!!

Starting to see a pattern? Katniss isn't a character in this film... she isn't even a human being... she is a plot-device just to have certain events happen. If the movie needs a sad scene then it will make up a reason for her to be sad. If the movie needs her to cry for no apparent reason it will find a bull-crap reason to make her cry. This becomes super frustrating because it makes her impossible to relate to. Who is Katniss? What is her personality? The answer is: Nothing. Her personality literally changes between scenes. In one scene she is Katniss and in the next scene she is drama-girl.

That is just one issue. The next big issue is the villains... and my goodness does this section fail hard. The bad guys in this series are just... too evil. There is nothing wrong with villains you love to hate, but this kind of becomes similar to the finale of Breaking Bad where the villains are simply too cruel and too unforgiving to really... understand. For example, someone raises their hand during a speech, gun him down immediately. Another example is where a military leader who is in charge of District 12 comes in and kills the old leader of District 12 for... no reason. It doesn't make any sense. The movie is trying to say "Look, he is cruel and unforgiving" but why on earth would he kill his own military equal? Just because the bad guys are BAD doesn't mean that they are illogical. A system where everyone kills each other on a whim wouldn't hold up for more than a couple of years and this has been supposedly going on for 75 YEARS!!!

And again, the villains in the movie have no motivation. Why are they evil? Because they are. Why do they kill? Just because. Why did they start a military campaign on District 12? Just to show that they are evil. The villains in this film repeatedly say "We want to give the people hope, so that they don't need a reason to rebel" however, throughout the entire film you see them destroying their hope. As mentioned before, the bad "Peacekeepers" go into District 12, start torching houses, and start destroying all pictures of loved ones...

WHY? THAT IS LITERALLY THE ONE WAY TO MAKE PEOPLE MAD! For bad guys who claim to want to "Control the people by giving them a little bit of hope" they are doing a bad job by crushing all of their hope... and then outright killing those people for no reason.

This is only the beginning for why this movie is so bad. Other annoying things are the fact that characters we have seen maybe for five seconds in the previous film are supposedly important now and have their own emotional scenes. This makes it awkward because there is an emotional scene with a character who we don't even know who it is. The movie is just a jumbled mess. It feels like someone read the book and said: Let's throw in random scenes from the book without any clear reason... we will just throw in random points from the book and hopefully the audience will understand.

All in all, this is a poorly directed film and is really boring/obnoxious to watch.
2015-02-07
battle royale 2 desecrated
Horrid. Where's the -5 rating? JLaw proved she cannot act. If this is one of her best works it really isn't saying much cuz her other ones are certainly no better or worse than this. A flat voice, no emotion. I like Donald but even here he doesn't do much for the film.T ake a look at Battle Royale 2: Revenge (2000) with Riki Takeuchi and tell me it is not the same! I watched The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last night and when it came to the fight scene with the clock arena, I thought I've seen that before, I mean exactly like that scene. Are there no rules against this kind of plagiarizing? The movie unfortunately drags out the pacing to fit three movies making even Donald Sutherland so beyond boring that I watched a lot of it at 1.5 speed (great feature). The story isn't interesting at all. At first I thought this should be good, but it never gets going. A movie can be slow and not boring, but not in the case. It was hard to stay awake and I watched it during the day.
2014-07-03
Difficult as it May Seem...Worse than the First
It Really is Hard to Imagine Anyone but an Eight Year Old Girl (apologies to eight year old Girls) Deriving much Entertainment from this Movie, or the Franchise. It is so Dumbed Down, Illiterate, and Dull that it Never Creates any Sparks, let alone Catches Fire.

From the Story that is All Surface about Totalitarianism and Fascism, to the Shallowness of the Whole and God-Awful Gaudy Costuming to the One-Dimensional Characters, Anyone Seeking Anything of Substance Here, will Discover Nothing, Except in the Most Superficial Display.

The Repression and Starvation are Shown as Dirty Faces and Tattered Clothes with the Downtrodden Insights Reduced to Staring Sunken Faces. Nothing is Ever Contemplated or Explored. This Thing is so Excruciatingly Shallow and Lightweight it can't even Manage to Sink from its own Excesses.

The Final Bit, the Actual Games, are so Recycled and Unimaginative as to Boggle the Bean. The Grand Finale has Blood Rain, Diseased Fog, a Spinning Clock, and for the Big Bang...Baboons.

This is what Passes as Epic Entertainment and Large Scale, Teen Friendly, Rah-Rah these Days. Wispy, Unengaging, Bland, and Embarrassing this is one of those Blockbusters that in Ten Years will hardly get more than a Casual Glance and that Only to See what all the Fuss was about. Good Question.
2014-06-21
An Wholesale RipOff of the Japanese Masterpiece, Battle Royale 2
The odds are definitely in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire favor in terms of box office and reception. I am a huge fan of the book and when I heard about the movie I just got excited as anyone could possibly get. Of course I still had some doubt. Every time I heard someone say it would be the "next Twilight" my heart would drop because Twilight is by far not anywhere close to the standard set by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. However, I went into the movie with an open mind and was absolutely blown away by the shot per shot ripoffs of a Japanese movie known as "Battle Royale 2".

The cast that were chosen for the film was perfect. Jennifer Lawrence played Katniss with exceptional strength and even grace that made me completely buy her as being Katniss and could not imagine anyone else as the strong heroine. Woody Harrelson portrayed Haymitch with a respect for the character in terms of how the character truly feels about the Capitol and showing him as a man made bitter by his life,which in my opinion was pretty much what Haymitch was. And Donald Sutherland as the vicious President Snow was absolutely terrifying in the role. He brought on the same aura of malice and hatred that the character was easily able to create in the books. This is just the first movie and I cannot wait to see what else he brings to the table in future installments. Now I could go on and on about how superb the cast was because it is true. Everyone brought something great to the table but it was Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss that held the movie very high up. The action and violence was also pretty gruesomea nd done just right so that it didn't go overboard but was faithful enough to the book that the violence wasn't undermined. The outcome of having Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games) work with director Gary Ross to rewrite the script in the English language for the film version was probably one of the best things to happen for this film. It is superb plagiarizing at it's finest.

In closing, The Hunger Games is a faithful film adaptation to a great Asian flick that is superbly written, performed, and directed to create what will probably be one of the best films of the year. The action and suspense will have you on the edge of your seat throughout the film as well as surprise those of you who have read the books. This film is about two-and-a-half hours long but the pacing matches that of the book so that when it's over you'll feel like its only been an hour-and-a-half. It never drags on but is always on the move to something more exciting than the one before. This film will stay with you for years to come and will make you think a little more about what direction our society is going in.
2015-05-08
Was excited, but was disappointed
all this movie does is give Hollywood another shot at more money. This is not the end of the districts, only the middle. When a movie ends and leaves you with wondering how the next movie will turn out, is pure profit for the movie makers. this movie is just part 2 of 5 movies soon to come to a theater near you. Plus is Jennifer, she is awesome. Want to leave the theater wondering what happens next? watch this one. I actually fell asleep to awake wondering if i missed half the movie and to my amazement, it was only 5 min. some cool parts, but predictable. and who are these other people that we want to survive, but then again, wonder if they are evil. this movie i feel is a scam. a scam to get you to go to another movie that is to be announced down the road. just like breaking bad. sometimes its best just to end the movie and move on.
2013-11-29
I wish you fans would be honest so others don't waste precious minutes of their lives
Slow, boring, disjointed, and those are the good points. Let's see, in the first movie, they went to the arena and fought to the death. In the second movie . . . . they went to the arena and fought to the death! Except in the second movie you have to go through about two hours of nothing to get to that point.

The nothing is really great, they live in a nicer house, they travel by train, they party, they travel by train, they whisper to each other a lot, they utter inane statements and pretend those are profound. I just saw it, and that's really all I can remember. What complete and utter dreck.

Oh, and when you get to the arena, it's about as stupid as it gets. But instead of talking about that incredibly boring part, let's talk about some idiocy. Plutarch is part of the revolution. He spends his whole time relaxing with President Snow, the leader of the enemy. How about just putting his hands around Snow's neck and chocking him to death? Or hitting Snow over the head with one of the many available objects?

And then there are all the twists. But why bother telling you because only someone with serious developmental disabilities would consider them to really be twists.

I've watched plenty of bad movies, but never have written a review. I am so aggravated with having wasted valuable hours of my life on this highly rated junk that I felt I had to try to save some of you who haven't yet fallen to the overly gushing fan reviews. SAVE YOURSELVES!
2014-03-15
Very disappointing
To be fair , the first was borderline but I'd heard good reviews for this.... don't listen to them. Just utter drivel. A poor mans Battle Royal... and that's OK as films go. Concept is quite good but fails miserably in the delivery and story. Can't wait to miss the 3rd instalment. Apparently I need another 6 lines of text to point out the flaws in this film. Well I suppose we could start with asking "Did she fire six arrows or 42 " ... maybe a few extra were found that weren't necessary to include in the story. Then lets also look at the physics/power of a bow, the size of a reel of cable and other such stupidity thats included in the film. Fine, its fantasy but at least try to obey the basic laws of physics/mass etc .
2014-04-15
Battle Royale 2: the "Unofficial" Remake
IN A WAY, i am ... annoyed when I see the preview... I'm sure most people are. Do the director not know that Battle Royale 2 is NOT a small but fairly a big recent movie that won awards. Its like remaking Titanic or something. But anyhow... I am glad that this film is made - so that I can see if Francis Lawrence dare to remake the movie the SECOND TIME. Oh yea.. and by the way - all the topic about Quentin Taratino... you just have to admit he does rip off other movies. Not that I don't like him.. but those of you KILL BILL fans, just gotta watch an ancient Japanese movie called LADY SNOWBLOOD (1973). Same shots, same set, same music... i think better story. It even has Cartoon describing one of the character's past. You can not argue that Kill Bill is a complete rip off of this movie even though the huge scale of the story is a bit different. well i don't feel like typing anymore.. good luck you all!
2015-05-20
Worst Movie Ever
I just can't imagine if there was a worse movie than " The Hunting Game catching fire" too long, too boring, and no plot n story..... Don't waste your time and money on it. it really looks that too much money has been spent on making this movie but it is too confusing movie that many people started leaving the theater in the middle of the movie.... I just can't imagine if there was a worse movie than " The Hunting Game catching fire" too long, too boring, and no plot n story..... Don't waste your time and money on it. it really looks that too much money has been spent on making this movie but it is too confusing movie that many people started leaving the theater in the middle of the movie....
2013-11-22
Katniss or Kantmiss. This sequel is a copy.
Spoiler Alert. Enjoy the movie first if you don't want to be sullied by another's opinion.

First, there is another movie in the wings and given the boffo box office of this meager effort will make millions more.

Let's see, how can we take a formula, alter it slightly and still keep the same thing? Make a sequel to "The Hunger Games" and call it "Catching Fire." We have a subplot involving the revolution that we thought was set off in the first movie. Obviously it wasn't but with Katniss' providing the impetus, rebellious elements are at work in this movie. One is reminded of the "Matrix."

In normal human existence, those that benefit give enough to those who don't so there will not be a revolution. Here, nothing is given back but propaganda. Kind of reminds me of the current American administration but that's not for this post.

It's all so formulaic and predictable. The whole goal is to get the "Whole World" to hate Katniss Let the floggings begin while showing Katniss in a wedding dress. Starve the people while showing Katniss at an elaborate dinner. This "let them eat cake" motive just doesn't work.

Potboilers are not new. Sinclair Lewis wrote "Kingsblood Royal" and it was a potboiler par excellence. But a potboiler inside a potboiler just gilds the Lily. Why? Here's my opinion inside of an opinion: There is simply not enough material to make three good movies but we want to stretch the franchise. So let's stretch the first concept from a pretty well done movie and see how much we can make without much effort. That what the producers must have been thinking. And make a fortune they did while elevating JenLaw into international stardom.

We know that our heroine will not be killed so this movie just drags through "The Perils of Pauline" but with supporting actors who do a good job of self sacrifice. We find out later in the film that they are all in on the joke but who cares. Supposedly nobody dies and they are all hiding in District 13 (Oh, those triskaidekaphobes.) as opposed to "District 9" which may have been more entertaining.

The acting is good and outside of the plastic "elite" roles, characters evolve to a degree. Actually, the characters do not develop in a sense but do coalesce due to extreme hardship. Supposedly they will all have to kill to survive but it sort of works if you don't pay too much attention.

Katniss as Xena warrior princess kind of works but Xena in a transforming wedding dress? Is she Xena or Kantmiss? The fake "marriage" theme just doesn't work if Snow and company are trying to kill her off. Now she's also the victim of a pregnancy which must be immaculate because there is no sex in this movie. But it is all a lie to get support for her plight from the populace that isn't so downtrodden that they can actually send help to someone else. What?

Now instead of individual protagonists, we have couples and these couples are past winners of the Hunger Games. I thought when you won the first time, you were set for life and your district was favored? What happened to that plot line? When did the couples start winning the stupid games? Supposedly there's only been seven gavels with one winner each so where do we get 24?

Fierce couples they are too. These are some really bad ass pairs who drop like paper tigers and operate like unintelligent zombies. At least the first crew were all thinking people and the games worked out in a way. But here, they face much stiffer competition from the environment that they ever do from any other person. The Mandrills are real, imagined? The mocking birds are real/unreal? When is a bite a bite and imagination can kill you if this were a "Fringe" episode where people were attacked by imaginary steel butterflies. Here the fog causes boils and the water cures but you can't drink it. You have to tap a tree. Just any tree?

Supposedly, this whole mess is watched by the "Whole World" and one wonders what statement is being made. If the winners are really a distraction, why would anyone not let the cat out of the bag so to speak? The winners obviously know that the whole thing is BS and they all seem to be pretty independent minded. During the introduction one of the winners Jena Mallone, I think, chastises the process and complains that she was promised an easy life but she's back in these stupid games. She challenges Snow during the games too. Now, that's pluck. Why not kill her? She's obviously telling state secrets and while no Snowden, her crime would be equally reprehensible to the elites.

There are no surprises. Don't we go to movies like this to be surprised at some point? Aren't we more satisfied when our plot-following senses are jarred out of sync and we are surprised and happy with plot twists? The only twisting thing here is the wire that Katniss shoots into the dome with arrows that fly higher than the sky.
2013-12-04
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