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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence (2013)

140min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
Expertly executed without a dull stretch, despite an elongated running time, the second instalment based on Suzanne Collins's bestselling dystopian fantasy trilogy is a top-flight escapist adventure. Noble games victor Jennifer Lawrence is now a beacon of hope for rebellion against the rich of the Capitol. So President Donald Sutherland forces her back to the arena to fight other, more experienced winners, expecting her to be crushed along with any simmering revolution. Everything is bolder, bigger and better in this enthralling segment: the spectacle channels Ben-Hur, the tropical combat zone is a thrilling tangle of exciting traps and plot twists, and the designer fashion is higher than before, with a terrific Lawrence as its catwalk Cleopatra. Additional heavyweight support comes from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer, with director Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend) blending all the necessary ingredients - exotic jeopardy, clever CGI, raw emotion - into a beguiling whole that deftly anticipates the next episode. Just one warning: for those unfamiliar with the first instalment, a bit of prep will aid your enjoyment.

Summary

Katniss Everdeen's victory in a televised death match makes her a focus for revolution against the totalitarian nation she lives in. The rulers of the regime plot to crush dissent with a new series of games, in which past champions battle it out. Sci-fi adventure sequel based on the second book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy of novels, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Cast & Crew

Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson
Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth
Haymitch Abernathy Woody Harrelson
Effie Trinket Elizabeth Banks (2)
Cinna Lenny Kravitz
Caesar Flickerman Stanley Tucci
President Snow Donald Sutherland
Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman
Beetee Jeffrey Wright
Primrose Everdeen Willow Shields
Finnick Odair Sam Claflin
Mags Lynn Cohen
Johanna Mason Jena Malone
Wiress Amanda Plummer
Katniss's mother Paula Malcolmson
Claudius Templesmith Toby Jones
Director Francis Lawrence
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Lionsgate UK Guidance: Some violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 22 Nov 2013

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