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2010 - 2012, Hunger Games, Sci-Fi - Dystopian Future

Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire (2013)

Elevator Pitch

Katnis and Peeta, the survivors of the 74th Hunger Games are taken round the 12 districts to in some way to promote the dictatorship and Katnis is cautioned by President Snow to make it work, since he is concerned that she may become a symbol for rebellion rather than unity. He then announces a special 75th year games which will feature the survivors from the previous games and so Katnis and Peeta and the other winners must go through it all again, the fanfares, the ceremonies, the training and finally the competition in the arena, a jungle environment filled with danger.

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There is drama out in the districts as our protragonists see evidence of rebellion and the resulting surpression by the dictator’s storm troopers. Katnis and Peeta must pretend to be lovers, even though they are not, particularly during the public displays controlled by an exuberent master of ceremonies. There are a number of quite majestic ceremonies where the president makes speeches. The competitors in the 75th games undertake training and finally are projected into the arena where they must form alliances to survive. So an interesting variety of set pieces with moderate violence, just a bit of drinking no sex and just one woman quite inexpicably stripping in an elevator.

A View I quite enjoyed this outing, as did nearly all the critics and most of the general public. I put it down to a pretty straightforward plot, with a number of different scenarios and changes of pace. This was even though I dislike the names of the characters, which seem to indicate that we are not only in a dystopian future, it is in an alternative universe. Thought by many to be the best of the four films, so if you only watch one, this could be it.
Duration 2h 26m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A book of the same name by Suzanne Collins
Director Francis Lawrence
Writers/Script Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt (the latter runoured to have been paid $400,000 a week for his work)
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Helmsworth, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Calflin, Toby Jones, Jena Malone
Additional Info Importantly this is one of those movies which is said to have covered its production costs, estimated at $130 million, on its first weekend.

 

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