The Hunger Games, Catching Fire

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire

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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, and announces a competition that could change Panem forever.

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The Girl on Fire returns to the arena. Sacrifices are made.


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blue_dove_745
Apr 16, 2021

100% love it

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Onionpie
Feb 09, 2021

Meh. Beautiful actors, cinematography to stun your sense of what technology might be possible in the future, but the eye candy vastly outdistances the story. It's like a brief chapter in a book or an episode of a TV serial that's drawn out into over 2 hours of action and torture, rage and feeling sorry for oneself. Meh. Girls might like the lionized hero; able to survive and kill and gain a slavish following without loosing her her big heart (which often seems more like survivor guilt). Meh.

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Cecilia2435
Jan 26, 2021

Loved it, much better then the others. Also better cast loved Jena Malone.

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reginator_22
Aug 04, 2020

Wow things stepped up in the second part of this series! I really liked this film too! The cast got even better, story too!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 02, 2020

The action packed book (written by Suzanne Collins) turned film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stands out amongst the others in its series; the movie is such an upgrade from the original because of the production and storyline. I was immersed in the movie when I first watched it! Even after, I’ve rewatched it several times and I still enjoy it just as much as I had the first time. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was directed by Francis Lawerence and it has won numerous awards such as the MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Movie. The movie features a cast of incredible actors and actresses; Jennifer Lawerence who plays Katniss Everdeen is the main character while Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (who plays Gale Hawthorne), Elizabeth Banks (who plays Effie Trinket), Jena Malone (who plays Johanna Mason), and Sam Claflin (who plays Finnick Odair) are the supporting characters to her. I loved the costumes throughout the movie because I thought that they were very well researched from the book. Also, they gave more essence to the people of the Capitol who are very extravagant. In conclusion, I would rate the movie 5/5 stars because it’s definitely deserved!
@BookwormHS of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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maroon_cat_560
Dec 22, 2019

I love the Hunger Games books, and though the movies are good, they aren't as good as the books. This was a good movie that I would watch again, though at first I didn't like it as much as I did after re-watching it. I feel like my favorite Catching Fire scene was adapted perfectly, though. The movie was well done and still held most of the meaning held by the book. The only thing that I didn't really like about it was that there were some instances of profanity, which weren't in the book. Since in the book the obscenities either didn't exist or were summed as just, "obscenities", or, "horrible horrible things", I felt that it was unnecessary to have the inappropriate words. It kind of took away from the story.

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robinandrews10
Feb 26, 2019

Great adaptation of the book.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 20, 2019

I have loved all the film adaptations of this series. They have done a good job of staying true to the books.

Better in some ways, worse in others. At least it's watchable.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 10, 2018

Catching Fire is the second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy. This movie tops the first one because it made more sense to me and I felt like it made me understand the first one even more, if that makes sense. I would recommend this to people that like action and if you have a higher tolerance for violence than me this is a great movie for you. This movie gets 4.5 stars because it was better than the first Hunger Games but I felt like they could still do better, also some of the violence threw me off again. I hope the third movie tops this one and will get 5 stars. @Gasenic of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was, once again, very enjoyable to watch. It took off after the first movie quite well, and remained true to the books. I appreciated how the characters remained consistent, while also undergoing development. I think that this movie was important, in order to see how the Games affected both Peeta and Katniss, even after they had finished. I also liked seeing more of Prim and Katniss together, at the beginning of the film. This movie has a very intricate plot, and introduces many complex characters. I would definitely recommend this movie, especially if you enjoyed the first Hunger Games film. 4/5
@PenelopeScriptor of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I really enjoyed this movie. Hunger Games - Catching Fire built off ideas from the first Hunger Games movie and became deeper, darker, and more dangerous. Catching Fire rewrote the rules of The Hunger Games and kept me on the edge of my seat. It exceeded my expectations of a movie sequel and introduced characters that are important for the rest of the Hunger Games series. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are just a few of the big screen names whose acting skills make the film outstanding. There are many takeaways from this movie. It teaches the audience that anyone can be a hero, enemies can become friends, and that one person can make a difference. Catching Fire never has a dull moment and I would recommend it to people who like action and adventure. 5/5 stars
@CookieMonster of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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navy_falcon_323
Oct 22, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots and lots of death

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navy_falcon_323
Oct 22, 2020

Sexual Content: in the cave peeta and katniss...

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navy_falcon_323
Oct 22, 2020

Violence: its called the HUNGER games

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navy_falcon_323
Oct 22, 2020

Coarse Language: only a little but some

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reginator_22
Aug 04, 2020

Other: Alcohol consumption

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madmax011
Jun 02, 2018

Coarse Language: most bad words bleeped out

me_tis_awesome Mar 10, 2016

Coarse Language: Bleeped out stuff and not bleeped --- -- - -----.

me_tis_awesome Mar 10, 2016

Sexual Content: yeah, but only b/c they had to.

me_tis_awesome Mar 10, 2016

Violence: This is a Quater Quell, so obviosly there is more creepyness. I had to close my eyes a bit. You can call me scardy cat if you whant.

me_tis_awesome Mar 10, 2016

Other: blood rain...........

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Oct 22, 2020

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Dec 30, 2017

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Sep 25, 2017

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Aug 08, 2016

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Oct 02, 2015

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Zln
Dec 23, 2015

__ President Snow, keen to get rid of some of the more troublesome Hunger Games Victors (and thereby, the restless, rebelliousness permeating in the districts), declares a match between the victors. In district 12, Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch, await the draw. Effy Trinket puts on a brave face, made out to be reaching into a bowl (that actually wasn't there) to reach the single piece of paper with the one name on it. Katniss. Haymitch name came out of the guys bowl, was called but Peeta volunteered, replacing him. Against Haymitch and Katniss agreement.

_ A train ride around the districts, on which Katniss catches glimpses of rioting, being watched for some reason on TV by Rose's Peacekeepers, also on the train. The Peacekeepers had left their door open, also for some reason. Unrest is also evident in the districts. First stop, they sympathized for the family of dead Contestant 7. Old man is lead up front and shot by Peacemakers, for making Mocking Jay sign. A Mocking Jay symbol has been painted on the wall of the train tunnel. They pass (12?) Peacemaker trucks, either side of tracks and the scenic vistas are replaced by several lines of VERY mean looking security fences. Next stop, a woman shouts a loud protest (about food shortages?). At one stop, there are no people to welcome them, only masses of Peacemakers, causing Effy to complain "Where are the crowds"? Perhaps it was this slight, that had her think about crossing to the rebels? Into the Capitol. Contestants Hall. Haymitch suggests allies. Katniss suggests Elderly mute volunteer, who had agreed to show her how to make a fishing lure. Peeta glances heavenward. Then to a public party. Peeta declines more food as full. Woman offers him drink of blue fluid - to make him throw up, return to eating. He latter complains starving in districts, while Capitol folk (waste food). They parade, before the masses and TV cameras.

_ Watching this on TV, President Rose's granddaughter expresses the wish that she will be as in love as Peeta and Katniss. Rose expression turns unreadable, he then assures her she will be. He later discusses killing all of the contestants. A contestants dress, upon the wearer doing a spin, flares up and changes color and to bird feathers. Later, as the wearer is locked in the tube and transported to arena, 4 Peacemakers arrived and beat up the dress's creator. In the arena, it becomes apparent that a group have signed up some of the other contestants - watch for the gold bracelet! It is unclear if this is all part of a long run plan, to beat the Regime on TV, or if a last minute thing. That Katniss and co WEREN'T BRIEFED - suggests last minute! On several occasions, another contestant urges "Remember who the real enemy is".

I'll cease my summary, at this point.

Written c 02/12/15

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Faithm6
Jul 13, 2015

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. (less)

mishu101 Jul 09, 2014

After Katniss and peeta mellark return to their district from the 74th victory tour they learn that the 75th annual hunger games; since its also the quarter quell there will be a twist. All the victors from previous games will go into a reaping where one girl victor and one girl victor will have to reenter the games. Katniss decides that if anyone is getting out the hunger games it will be Peeta. At the end something unexpecting happens.

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superman2234
Mar 30, 2014

When Katniss returns home after her Victory Tour of the 74th Annual Hunger Games, she realizes that it's time for the Quarter Quell that takes place every 25 years and she is going into the arena once again. But this time, it's with all the Victors from the past Games.

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glow34
Mar 10, 2014

our very own Katniss Everdeen has gone on the victory tour but returning home finds out that she once again has to enter the arena in the 75th hunger games she has to try once again to try and keep Peeta Melark alive but she will have to make big sacrifices that may change her life forever

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reginator_22
Aug 04, 2020

Katniss Everdeen: Any last advice?

Haymitch Abernathy: Stay alive.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2014

Pages & pages of quotes in IMDb:

Effie to Katniss and Peeta:

I promise you, he's (president Snow) not happy. Instead of being in love, you two sound like you're reciting from a drilling manual.

aaa5756 Jun 09, 2014

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a
Monster – And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you,” - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

aaa5756 Jun 09, 2014

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

coolcatz_0 Feb 08, 2014

"Chins Up, Smiles On!" -Effie Trinket

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