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3.1
2,118 Ratings

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Directed by Francis Lawrence
United States, 2013
Sci-Fi, Action, Drama

Synopsis

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.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Directed by Francis Lawrence

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

2014 | Nominee: Best Original Song - Motion Picture

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2014 | Nominee: Technical Achievement of the Year

Hugo Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form

Empire Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Thriller

2014 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

It’s scary to see how completely the juvenile-gladiator element (the only daring idea in the franchise) has been emasculated; the second half of Catching Fire is a rather generic, bloodless adventure with only a wisp of moral uneasiness. Friends don’t turn on each other (even Toy Story 3 offered more ambivalence), the deaths mostly take place offscreen, and they’re mostly people we don’t even know.
December 09, 2013
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The sharp, navigable, frequently funny script is credited to Simon Beaufoy (assorted Danny Boyle movies, including Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, Brave). Neither of them was crazy enough to overthink this. Collins has done the strategizing and has espoused a worldview. They just have to realize it.
November 21, 2013
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One of Catching Fire’s biggest problems is the dilution of the ingredients that made The Hunger Games so gripping… With Catching Fire picking up in the same place of its book equivalent, the initial drama is over, the concept a given, and the aftermath is all that’s left, an aftermath that as it turns out, involves melodramatic two-handed conversations galore.
November 21, 2013
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