Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire@.NeXT

Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay)
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright
Screenwriter: Simon Beaufoy, Michael deBruyn, Scott Frank
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: Not Available
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Release Date: November 22, 2013 (2D theaters and IMAX)

Story :

"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.

However, it seems that the results of the games, was more of a black eye on the face of the Capitol and the corrupt President Snow (Donald Sutherland) than we thought. Now, the safety of District 12's winning tributes, nay, District 12 itself, depends on their maintaining the lie that their love is genuine; the only way for the butt-hurt bureaucrats behinds the games to maintain some level of credibility. That arrangement works okay with Peeta, who has genuine feelings for Katniss, even with aspiring boyfriend, Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) still lurking about.

Despite the couple's cooperation on that front, their infraction would still not go unanswered. With the 75th Hunger Games upon them, the opportunity for the Capitol's revenge would come in the form of something called the Quarter Quell: A "twist" injected into the games every 25 years. In this case, it has called for the return of victors from past Hunger Games. (A gimmick that may have been lifted from Survivor, but whatever...)

Seeing as Katniss and Peeta are the only people from their district who fit the "winners" category, it appears that they are in for back-to-back reapings, forced to take on an all-star edition of the torrential tournament of terror. This time around, their competition consist of, among others, the charismatic trident-towing Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), the cunning and conniving Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), the deadly District 1 dominator, Gloss (Alan Ritchson), and some much older contestants like Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Wiress (Amanda Plummer...and don't call her "Honey Bunny"), and even Finnick's 80 year-old mentor, Mags (Lynn Cohen).

Things seem bleak for the alluring archer and the bread-chucking body-painter. However, it soon becomes apparent that not all of their fellow cast of competitors are here to play their roles as kid-killing quislings. Amongst them lie what may be the seeds of a rebellion; one that was ignited, in part, by the concocted-couple's actions last year.

Also filling the cast are returnees, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Willow Shields, Toby Jones, and Stanley Tucci.

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