run time: 146 mins
rating: PG
considered: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
starring: Jennifer Laurence, Liam Hensworth, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Willow Shields,

movie summary: 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. (www.imdb.com)

my thoughts: I just got home from the screening at 4:20 am and feel so excited and energized from seeing the Hunger Games Catching Fire that I had to write my review right now.

Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The series main character Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Laurence) is fresh off her victory at the 74th Hunger Games with District 12 team-mate/friend/pretend lover Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Their inspiring love story and determination to live or die together creates an image of hope in the 12 districts of Panem, which doesn’t please President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Katniss’ attitude toward the Capital along with her caring personality are tarnishing the authority image the President wants to portray.

The young couple embarks on a victory tour that causes riots in the all the districts they visit, which forces President Snow to hire a new games manager Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) for the upcoming 75th Hunger Games. The rules have been changed because it’s an anniversary event which allows for such new rules to be drawn up. Instead of drafting kids as the new pledges, each district’s past winners would be selected. District 12 has only one other living victor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrison) which leaves Katniss and Peeta to enter the arena for the second straight year with hopes of coming out victorious again.

Just like in the first movie there is almost an hour of the build up to the actual Hunger Games, but this time the story isn’t focused on their training compared to their personalities and personal lives. There is a little more humour with smart ass remarks and off the beat one liners which adds to character development. Each new character introduced into the plot brings a unique skill set and their own personal agenda. Once the games actually start, the players have to think out their moves before actually going through with them. Not only is this a physical test, but under the control of Heavensbee these games have turned into a physiological game of cat and mouse.

Catching Fire definitely has its slow moments, but you don’t feel like you’ve been watching a two and half hour movie. The best part of the storyline is the many twists and turns that lead up to the shocking finale that will leave us wanting the new movie tomorrow.

This movie has finally made me a true Hunger Games fan and maybe, just maybe I will purchase these books someday.

my star rating: 8 out 10