Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Lives up to the name!
For those who haven't read the book (like me), things are getting interesting. While the first Hunger Games film wasted a lot of time in the love story, the 2nd film gets down to business asap. After Katniss (Jennifer) pulls the "Poisoned Berries" stunt in the 1st film (i.e. rather than kill each other, Katniss and Peeta decide to die by eating Poisoned Berries), it apparently ignites the fire of revolution in all the districts. The fire is all the more visible when Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) go for a Victor's Tour across the districts.
Now, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) cannot allow this fire to spread, so he decides to put a stop to it. Along with the new Game Master Plutarch (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), he pulls out a card by which all Victors have to compete again in the games. So Katniss has to survive yet another Hunger Games and ofcourse, save Peeta along the way. Do they survive? For that you will have to see the film.
The first film was all about finding out what the Hunger Games were. But the whole film was bogged down by the romantic angle and it left you bored by the end of it. It was as if you were watching a Bollywood Drama. This film, on the other hand, picks up momentum. There is a simmering hint of revolution all around Katniss which she herself doesn't understand. She is afraid and wants to survive. She is also torn between her true love Gale and her made-up love Peeta! Jennifer Lawrence powers through the film with such sure-footedness that you are captivated. She alone makes it well worth the watch.
Plus, director Francis Lawrence does a much better job than the director of the first film. Francis keeps the pace breezy, the action brutal and the tension constant. The actual games end much quicker than the long drawn one in the first film.
The Popcorn Worthiness:
I really wasn't too motivated to watch this film, because I didn't like the first one too much. But the way this movie ends really leaves you craving for the next. It leaves you at a point where the revolution has just begun. It brings back memories of the "Matrix" and "Terminator" series; not in the execution, but the premise. There is no point watching this film if you haven't seen the first one. You really won't get what's happening if you join the story here. So endure the first film before you see this. And if you have watched the first part, then go ahead - let your weekend catch fire!
Review by: Virindersingh Vilkhoo
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