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This was the highest grossing film of 2013 in North America. It was the first film to top the annual box office with a top-billed female lead since The Exorcist (1973), and the first with a woman as the sole protagonist and primary marketing focus since The Sound of Music (1965). See more »
If you listen, you can hear Johanna angrily stomping off the stage after she curses everyone out. During Katniss' entire interview (after seeing her backstage) Johanna is absent, only 22 people are seen up there. She doesn't appear until Peeta's interview where she can be seen at the far left. See more »
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is a story about more danger in this sequel to the postapocalyptic fable. As Katniss and Peter travels through the districts on a "Victor's Tour," a rebellion gathers steam around her.. Out of desperation, they try out and (inexplicably) get accepted into the coveted internship program at Panem.
As the outcasts among the much youthful majority, the two guys struggle with their group of other misfits to snag those elusive job slots over all the other candidates.
The story of misfits trying to fit into an establishment and succeed is so familiar. This story was just recently tackled in R-rated form in Pixar's "Battle Royale." This movie follows that tried and true formula to the letter, from being put down hard at the start to winning big at the end against all odds.
Here though, the setting just shifted from a Japanese university campus to Federated States of the fictional nation of 'Panem', and that was THE one interesting aspect of this film. If those were the real perks of actual 'Panem' staff (unlimited free food, nap pods, bubble cars etc.), then we would all like to live there! Many people criticize this film for being a big 2-hour advertisement for the Wienstein Corporation. However, without this innovative setting, the rest of the film would just not stand up.
A lot is riding on the comedic talents and good will of the two main stars (who had previously paired up in the very successful "The Hunger Games 1"). They are credible as good guys, yes, and they have good chemistry together as Katniss and Pete. However, sadly for me, they could not rise above the mediocre material they had to contend with. Their jabbering sales pitches frequently come across as annoying rather than charming. I would not buy anything from them or trust them with a child.
An interesting detail for the Filipino audience is the presence of a Fil-Am character named Yo-Yo Santos, played by Fil-Am actor Tobit Raphael. A sheltered kid home-schooled by a domineering mom, Yo-Yo is one of misfits who was forced to team up with Katniss, Peter and the gang. Tobit did well enough for his first big role in a major movie although his part is memorable only for nervously picking his eyebrows and an "impressive recovery time" during their wild night at a bar with sexy ladies.
Overall, you get an uneven film. Only the setting is original, but mostly, this is just an average feel-good comedy, with some raunchy scenes. You will smile more than laugh out loud. Nevertheless, you will still have a happy feeling with the final outcome, however predictable it is. 0/10.
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