Friday, December 13, 2013

Movie Review: “Catching Fire” Awes All

By Elizabeth Hayes
Cardinal Staff

The new knockout sensation hit theatres nationwide on Nov. 22, and has been burning up the box office ever since.

The second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is being termed the most popular holiday movie of the year due to its intense plot, memorable soundtrack, and phenomenal imagery. 

The film follows star-crossed lovers Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as they become the targets of the corrupt government of the Capitol after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games and spark a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

The plotline of the film is relatively close to the best-selling novel written by Suzanne Collins. In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Francis Lawrence said, “I remember specifically that even when we had some different dialogue and there was a different interpretation of the scene, we just said `You know what? Let’s do what’s in the book.”

Thrilling actions scenes that precisely convey the ferocity and tension of the moment keep the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the feature. Overall, “Catching Fire” is a successful major motion picture with a befitting combination of humor, action, and adventure that compliments the expert portrayal of the characters as well as the captivating soundtrack.

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