The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lawrence, 2013)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, 2013)

The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.  –Proverbs 29:13

A huge improvement over the original. Perhaps now that we are rid of the idea of innocents being forced to kill and the psychological turmoil that should have created (but was conveniently ignored in the first), focus could be placed on the more inspired and entertaining ‘fight the power’ theme. Katniss finds herself peeling the armor from President Snow’s invincibility. No longer is he focused on keeping the districts in check (though he claims to be). Instead, his focus is on a single revenge. Every moment on screen is an exhibit of tunnel vision as he plots her demise. And, she, though mostly powerless, walks a fine line between acting out and protecting her family from his threats. It’s a cat-and-mouse game that’s secondary to the general oppressed vs oppressor storyline that dominates the film. But it’s a stronger idea and should have been a greater focus to lend more credence to the film’s finale. As is, everything fits well enough though, and it does mostly what it expects to do – entertain.  7.25/10

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