Movie Review: Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire Summary

Sometime after Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return to District 12 following their victory in the 74th Hunger Games, President Snow visits Katniss and explains that her actions in the Games have inspired uprisings. He orders her to use the upcoming Victory Tour to convince him that her actions were out of love and not defiance against the Capitol, warning her that her friends, family, and everyone else in District 12 will otherwise face execution. While visiting the various districts in the tour, riots and revolutionary sentiment was often shown by the local populaces which would usually lead to the perpetrators being executed or taken away. The final location of the tour was at an upper-class party where Katniss and Peeta met Plutarch Heavensbee who explained he’d be the new Gamemaker due to the last one’s death. During the tour, Katniss’ mentor Haymitch also warns her that Victors of the games must serve as mentors to future tributes and that their show of love will be forced to continue for the rest of their lives.

Peacekeepers under Commander Romulus Thread begin to mercilessly raid homes and other places throughout District 12, and Katniss’s friend Gale is publicly whipped after tackling Thread to stop him from killing civilians. Haymitch, Peeta, and Katniss use their influence as Hunger Games victors to save Gale from further torture and death. Thread calmly gives in, but then declares curfew on District 12’s residents under threat of death on sight. The upcoming Hunger Games – the 75th overall and the third “Quarter Quell” is announced, and will involve tributes selected from previous victors. Katniss devotes herself to ensuring Peeta survives. On Reaping Day, Haymitch’s name is drawn, but Peeta immediately volunteers to take his place. Haymitch reveals that the tributes are angry about being forced to return to the Games and will most likely attempt to stop it. For her pre-Games interview, Katniss wears a wedding dress, as ordered by Snow, but her stylist Cinna sets it to transform into a symbol of a mockingjay. Peeta announces that he and Katniss, who had previously announced their engagement during their Victory Tour in an unsuccessful attempt to quell the Districts, are expecting a child. The citizens then protest for the Games to be stopped to no avail. Just before Katniss enters the arena, Cinna is severely beaten by Peacekeepers in front of her as punishment for his tampering with her dress and then dragged away.

In the Games, Katniss and Peeta ally themselves with District 4 tributes Finnick Odair and the elderly Mags, his mentor. When the arena’s forcefield shocks Peeta, stopping his heart, Finnick resuscitates him. The group is later forced to flee from a poisonous fog; when Peeta cannot go on, Mags sacrifices herself so that Finnick can help him. The group discovers that water removes the gas-induced blisters. When mandrills attack, Peeta is saved by the unexpected sacrifice of a tribute from District 6. The group escapes to the beach, where Finnick greets District 3’s Wiress and Beetee and District 7’s Johanna Mason. Wiress repeats the phrase “tick-tock”, leading Katniss to realize that the arena is designed like a clock, with regular hazards each hour contained within their respective zones. Wiress’s throat is slit by Gloss, one of the Careers. Gloss is then fatally shot by Katniss while Johanna kills his sister, Cashmere. Finnick is injured by another Career, and the Gamemakers spin the clock to disorient the tributes.

Beetee suggests luring the rest of the Careers to the wet beach and electrocuting them, taking advantage of the lightning that strikes every 12 hours. The group separates to prepare the trap, laying down wire. When Brutus and Enobaria emerge, Johanna stuns Katniss, cuts the tracker out of her arm and flees. Katniss finds an unconscious Beetee. Unable to find Peeta, and hearing a cannon, Katniss almost kills Finnick, thinking he betrayed them, but he reminds her to “remember who the real enemy is”. Katniss attaches wire to an arrow and shoots it into the arena roof just as lightning strikes. The lightning is conducted along the wire, causing the arena shields to fail and the roof to fall, and Katniss is knocked unconscious. 

Katniss awakens in an aircraft to find Haymitch, Beetee (still unconscious), Finnick, and Plutarch Heavensbee, the head Gamemaker, who is revealed to be a rebel against Snow. He tells her they are bound for District 13, headquarters of the new rebellion, and that half the tributes were aware of the plan to escape with Katniss, who symbolizes the growing rebellion. They were unable to rescue Peeta and Johanna, as they still have their trackers on them. A distraught Katniss is sedated after attempting to attack Haymitch for violating his promise to save Peeta. She awakens to find Gale by her side, who reassures her that her family is safe but that District 12 has been destroyed by the Capitol.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The second installment in the Hunger Games series and it brought the fire. More on the dystopian that they deal with, and still more relatable to what America is dealing with politically.

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