Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

Why Watch It: For Jennifer Lawrance. For the novel-to-film adaptation of the Hunger Games trilogy. For the interesting struggle of the character Katniss, and her relationship with Peeta and others.

Warning: Plot spoilers ahead

Story: The Capital which rules over the subordinate districts is upset that Katniss has become a symbol of great hope and rebellion for the Districts. Katniss along with Peeta had decided at the finale of the 74th Hunger Games that both would consume poisonous berries instead of one killing the other to win the Games. Seneca, the official in charge of the Games program had decided to announce that the teenagers from District 12, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark would be declared as joint winners.

SDCC13 - Hunger Games: Catching Fire panel

SDCC13 – Hunger Games: Catching Fire panel (Photo credit: W10002)

Because the Katniss-Peeta act was seen as an act of rebellion, it is inspiring the insurgents in various District to take up arms against the Capital’s rulers. But because it is regarded as an act of love, the TV audience watching Hunger Games loves Katniss and Peeta making it difficult for the authorities to execute them.When Gale Hawthorne, the real boyfriend of Katniss, is about to be shot dead by the Capitol’s guards, Katniss and Peeta intervene successfully. This unfuriates the Capital and sets off a chain reaction. The game makers announce that the contestants for the 75th Hunger Games would be chosen from the pool of previous winners of the Games.

For District 12, the pool of contestants includes Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch Abernathy. Katniss and Haymitch’s names are announced and Peeta steps forward to volunteer in place of Haymitch. Thereafter, Katniss and Peeta fight to stay alive during the 75th Hunger Games. The film concludes with Katniss sabotaging some of the infrastructure of the games, and falling unconscious during this. On awakening Katniss realizes that some officials involved in the game were helping her, and that widescale rebellion has broken out. Peeta has been taken captive and now Katniss must take the Capital head on.

Rating: 5 Stars of 5 for entertainment value, pace of story, special FX, and general watchability

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