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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  22 November 2013 (USA)
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Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

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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. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language | See all certifications »

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$130,000,000 (estimated)

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$158,074,286 (USA) (22 November 2013)

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$424,645,577 (USA) (28 March 2014)
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Jennifer Lawrence said while filming in the arena she hit herself with the bow mid-sprint, and dove into a pool of jets, leaving her partially deaf for 6 days. See more »

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The number of arrows in Katniss' quiver fluctuates throughout the games. See more »

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[first lines]
Gale Hawthorne: [as Katniss almost shoots him] Whoa, whoa. Easy. Saw some turkeys on the way here. Crossed right in front of me like I wasn't even there.
Katniss Everdeen: How rude of them.
Gale Hawthorne: That's what happens. You spend six days a week working in the mines and stupid birds start to think they own these woods.
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Gale Hawthorne: When's the tour leave?
Katniss Everdeen: Couple hours.
Gale Hawthorne: Well, let's go.
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a BATTLE ROYALE for the Young Ones
24 July 2014 | by (Shikoku) – See all my reviews

Hollywood remakes of Asian films are always an iffy proposition. How will the nuances and culturally-specific references translate across oceans and continents? Generally, however good the remakes, they rarely – if ever – eclipse the original films. In recent memory, perhaps only Nolan's INCEPTION, unofficial based on PAPRIKA, has managed to find a life of its own. Other remakes, like Luc Besson's LUCY and Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN?, have sunk into ignominy. Spike Lee's Oldboy is completely terrible, and it does lose quite a bit of the dark, bruising, ambivalent flavour of Park Chan-Wook's 2003 Korean classic.

Jennifer Lawrence takes centre stage in Suzanne Collin's ripoff. She sinks credibly into the wooden, dazed-like demeanor of Katniss Everdeen, a pretty white female version of Shuya Nanahara.

On its own merits, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is passably stuffed with filler in order to pad out the story into multiple movies, thus tripling profits. It entertains and put to sleep in equal measure, packing in a great deal of PG-13 violence and torture that runs the gamut from offscreeen to offscreen and everything in between. The relationship that develops between Katniss and backery worker Peeta is pure Twilight fan-service, if a little forced. – no questions asked.

What works rather less well is the deliberate dilution of the twist in Battle Royale's tale, presumably because American audiences can only handle so much moral and emotional ambiguity. Where Kenji Fukusaka's version sees the revenge mission warped with a horrifyingly emotional dilemma, Lawrence's film shies away from such s conundrum. As a result, the film becomes far less subtle and considerably more dunbed down. There's a flashback sequence towards the end of the film that's ridiculous enough to make audiences laugh rather than gasp, even as CGI baboons are added to the story (!).

The cast assembled is impressive, even though they're not really given a lot to work with in the frequently stilted, over-blown script. JLaw anchors the film with admirably stony listlessness, but her Katniss never seems to really feel the weight of her plight. Hutcherson, too, stumbles around a bit, as if never quite sure how to play his part, and Stanley Tucci comes close to overplaying his hand when he emerges from the shadows to drop a few hints about the reasons behind Katniss's ordeal.

There's enough on display in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for the film to jog by at a fairly quick clip. Collins pays tribute along the way to a few iconic elements of the Japanese film – a clock shaped playing field, a prolonged execution in an elevator – and the cast tries its hardest to make it all work. But it's hard to shake the feeling that something a little deeper, richer, sadder and weirder was lost in translating the film into a vernacular more pleasing to American audiences.


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