Sound Off: Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
November 22, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Remember who the enemy is. Now playing in theaters everywhere is the second movie in The Hunger Games series, titled Catching Fire, picking up where The Hunger Games left off following Katniss Everdeen of Panem's District 12. Director Francis Lawrence takes over the reins of this sci-fi series, delivering a much darker but much bigger sequel. Jennifer Lawrence returns to lead the way with Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci & Elizabeth Banks. Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Lionsgate's Catching Fire.
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To fuel the fire, I thought Catching Fire was an awesome experience (and despite the shaky-cam I enjoyed the first movie/book quite a bit, too). I was continuously impressed and entertained throughout; I love how much bigger and how much darker they've expanded this world and the story. The comparisons being made to Wrath of Khan and Empire Strikes Back (and I'll toss in Matrix Reloaded) are apt in the way this sci-fi series has structured this second "middle" movie and how it delivers with a much more powerful, more emotionally poignant punch ending with a cliffhanger that leads right into the epic conclusion. Plus jumping into full-on IMAX for the 30+ minutes spent in the arena? Amazing. Great work all around, sci-fi at its best.
What did you think of Francis Lawrence's Catching Fire? Outstanding sci-fi or just terrible? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!