The Hunger Games - Catching Fire 2013

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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as 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), a competition that could change Panem forever.

Starring:
Willow Shields, Jena Malone
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 26 minutes
Starring Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci
Director Francis Lawrence
Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 26 minutes
Starring Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci
Director Francis Lawrence
Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

107 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Pink-Lady on 23 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
'Catching Fire' is my favourite book in the 'Hunger Games' trilogy and I wasn't disappointed by the translation of it to the big screen. Yes, some scenes have been left out or changed, but with the changes I personally think they work better for those seeing the film who haven't read the books. Overall, it's very faithful to the book.

The directing, special effects and acting all bring to life the darkness and emotional intensity of the story. Starting soon after the 74th games, Katniss and Peeta (along with their families and mentor Haymitch) are living in Victors Village. But with the victory tour of the other 11 districts, where all the tributes died in the arena, about to begin, and with rumours of a rebellion, it seems life is not to get any easier for Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch.

I don't want to spoil the film for anyone who hasn't the read the book so won't add any spoilers. Suffice to say that 'The Hunger Games' set the scene and 'Catching Fire' takes the story to a whole new level. It's a heartbreaking, shocking, breathtaking, suspenseful, funny, moving and thought provoking rollercoster ride of a film. Jennifer Lawrence is particularly outstanding as Katniss, although all the performances are strong. I'm only sorry we now have a wait a whole year to see the next installment, 'Mockingjay Part 1'.

Incredible, memorable film, well worth seeing even if you haven't the read the books (although it might help to see 'Hunger Games' first as it really does set the scene and will help you understand the background).
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Format: DVD
brilliant movie the sequel to the hunger games.We find out what happens to Katniss after the hunger games and things unravel and many new characters are introduced. if you are a fan of the hunger games you will love this action packed mysterious adventure,wow sorry that sounded so weird but i am a massive fan of the hunger games and this amazing and i give it a 5 out of 5

hope you liked my review please like my review and please watch this fantastic movie ( which is also a book which is also amazing)so thanks for reading
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59 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
I found this second, more serious and much darker "Hunger Games" film, even BETTER than the first one. Below more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

First let's say that this film sticks to the book very closely. Of course there is no way you can show during 145 minutes everything that a book contains (and therefore the characters of Bonnie and Twill among others are not shown), but I believe virtually everything important is included. And that is a precious thing.

All actors did great. Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss Everdeen is of course THE STAR of this film, but everybody around her performed also flawlessly.

The best performance is offered by Josh Hutcherson who plays Peeta Mellark, a young boy madly in love with Katniss and linked to her in most complex ways since a long time. This role is the most difficult in all film as Peeta is a most complicated character: a baker's son, weaker than many of other young males around and definitely not born to be any kind of hero he nevertheless soldiers on through all the hardships and relentlessly pursues the woman of his life through all the nine circles of hell - and beyond...

Much more attractive, stronger and very manly Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) is by comparison a little bit easier to play, but the events put him also in a position not easy at all... Which gives a quite interesting love triangle.

Young actors who play new characters of Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) were very well selected. He is an extremely handsome and very vain young hunk - with brains and a plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrSWW on 4 July 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
It felt like a re-run of the first film, but without the opportunity to build characters as you already know them.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray
As it turns out the Hunger Games was not berry good for the empire as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has inspired hope and rebellion. Instead of just killing her, they have changed the rules ( see Jonathan "Roller Ball") and devised a new Hunger Game of past contestants. The game is stacked against her as contestants must battle the elements more than each other.

The beginning of the film lacks the crazy action of the second half, but it is theme driven for the true sci-fi fan. Katniss is a hero, but as she says, "By killing people." In those 3 simple words. Katniss who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, conveys the perplexity of war heroes with a moral conscience. The film also touches on the power of celebrity as they "never get off this train: and the trouble they cause if the don't "stick to the script." The culture is set up similar to the Roman Empire where bread and circus' s keep the masses in check and where Romans "Eat to puke and puke to eat." Katniss, is a hero because her compassion expresses in all of us the person we want to be. As such it is easy for her to gain allies.

The film contains all the elements of an ideal cult classic complete with theme, special effects, drama, top stars, and a touch of light humor.

I do not recommend watching this film if you haven't seen the first one (or read the books) as it doesn't recap.
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