The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The second entry in the post-apocalyptic thriller franchise sees the return of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta. Still troubled by the violent events of the first film, the duo are sent on a tour of the districts to celebrate their achievement, but as open rebellion threatens to break out, the rulers of Panem throw them back into a fight for their lives. Directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend).

After surviving the last Hunger Games, Katniss' actions have ingnited the hint of a revolution within the districts. But the iron fist with which they are ruled proves stronger than ever and Katniss is again forced into the role of propaganda tool and combatant, facing off in another deadly free-for-all tournament - this time going up against victors from previous years. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone join the cast alongside returning co-stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland.

2013Rating: M, Violence146 minsUSA
ActionAdventureScience FictionThriller
94%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Makes for rousing entertainment in its own right, leaving fans riled and ready to storm the castle.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Expands Suzanne Collins' novel beyond the confines of the arena to tackle some seriously brutal truths.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The keepers of Suzanne Collins's trilogy of fantasy novels have dodged the perils of the sloppy second franchise film.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Not quite a full course, more of an amuse bouche, making its mammoth audience hungry for future, meatier instalments.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It’s not just bigger, it’s better, and it bodes well for the future of the series, if not necessarily of its unlucky protagonist.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A safe, serviceable, carefully crafted action drama in which the subversive seeds planted in the first story take welcome root.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This second grittier, more confident round of Hunger Games thrills us into submission.

4.0
0

Wasn't much of a fan of the first one but this was superb, shaking off a lot of the teenage angst that was found in the first. This one is all grown up.

4.0
0

The second instalment of the Hunger Games boasted a budget of close to $140mil, the original cast (shooting was delayed to allow Jennifer Lawrence to complete her part in the sequel to X-Men). And was assured greatness…and it delivered. Exceeding the hype from the first instalment The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has already earned close to $1Billion...

4.0
0

Following the enjoyment of the first film, I went and read the trilogy this series in based upon. I was immediately worried for the future of the film series. Those worried were gone the second I started watching Catching Fire. The spectacle and the intrigue translates perfectly to film, and the arena scenes (easily the best part of the novel) is delivered...

5.0
0

This story is more solid than the first one.The characters are more mature.The new director has done away with the shaky camera work.It is slow to get going but carefully weaves around to softly develop the characters and story. The games seen to be more about science fiction and looses the connection with the skills of the contestants.(Spoiler Alert!)The...

2.0
0

Moving on from the child slaughter of the first film we see a more mature nature this time around, Really witnessing what happens when the power the rules decides to wield its mighty hand to ensure its terms are met. Can the rebelling enslaved actually make a difference? We would all like to hope so... To be continued... Great sequel a must watch for Hunger...

4.0
0

Catching Fire is no kids' film. It is gritty, tough and incredibly brutal. The world Katniss & Peeta inhabit is a bleak one, but it contains just enough of a glimmer of hope to get them (& you) through it all. Then it ends.

4.0
0

Loved the dude saying "she the girl on fire"

5.0
0

Felt too much time was spent on the lead up to the games and not on the game. Loved that whole family went. Even teenagers who haven't been with us in months

4.0
0

Hunger Games : Catching Fire Pretty good follow up movie, just found it a little slow in parts (I will eventually read the books now). Enjoyed the special effects and the new actors, bringing some more realism to the screen. I found the ending kinda just dropped & stopped, like 'Breaking Dawn pt1', but other than that it was pretty average. Reminded me of...

3.0
0

I was never a fan of the 1st film, actually thought it was rather boring. But this time I was dragged along by my step daughter who insisted that I go with her. I will say it a lot more enjoyable than 1st movie. I got a bit tired of Jennifer Lawerence having the same expression on her face but to be honest after watching this I will go willingly to the next...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Makes for rousing entertainment in its own right, leaving fans riled and ready to storm the castle.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Expands Suzanne Collins' novel beyond the confines of the arena to tackle some seriously brutal truths.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The keepers of Suzanne Collins's trilogy of fantasy novels have dodged the perils of the sloppy second franchise film.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Not quite a full course, more of an amuse bouche, making its mammoth audience hungry for future, meatier instalments.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It’s not just bigger, it’s better, and it bodes well for the future of the series, if not necessarily of its unlucky protagonist.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A safe, serviceable, carefully crafted action drama in which the subversive seeds planted in the first story take welcome root.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This second grittier, more confident round of Hunger Games thrills us into submission.

4.0
0

Wasn't much of a fan of the first one but this was superb, shaking off a lot of the teenage angst that was found in the first. This one is all grown up.

4.0
0

The second instalment of the Hunger Games boasted a budget of close to $140mil, the original cast (shooting was delayed to allow Jennifer Lawrence to complete her part in the sequel to X-Men). And was assured greatness…and it delivered. Exceeding the hype from the first instalment The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has already earned close to $1Billion...

4.0
0

Following the enjoyment of the first film, I went and read the trilogy this series in based upon. I was immediately worried for the future of the film series. Those worried were gone the second I started watching Catching Fire. The spectacle and the intrigue translates perfectly to film, and the arena scenes (easily the best part of the novel) is...

5.0
0

This story is more solid than the first one.The characters are more mature.The new director has done away with the shaky camera work.It is slow to get going but carefully weaves around to softly develop the characters and story. The games seen to be more about science fiction and looses the connection with the skills of the contestants.(Spoiler Alert!)The...

2.0
0

Moving on from the child slaughter of the first film we see a more mature nature this time around, Really witnessing what happens when the power the rules decides to wield its mighty hand to ensure its terms are met. Can the rebelling enslaved actually make a difference? We would all like to hope so... To be continued... Great sequel a must watch for...

4.0
0

Catching Fire is no kids' film. It is gritty, tough and incredibly brutal. The world Katniss & Peeta inhabit is a bleak one, but it contains just enough of a glimmer of hope to get them (& you) through it all. Then it ends.

4.0
0

Loved the dude saying "she the girl on fire"

5.0
0

Felt too much time was spent on the lead up to the games and not on the game. Loved that whole family went. Even teenagers who haven't been with us in months

4.0
0

Hunger Games : Catching Fire Pretty good follow up movie, just found it a little slow in parts (I will eventually read the books now). Enjoyed the special effects and the new actors, bringing some more realism to the screen. I found the ending kinda just dropped & stopped, like 'Breaking Dawn pt1', but other than that it was pretty average. Reminded me of...

3.0
0

I was never a fan of the 1st film, actually thought it was rather boring. But this time I was dragged along by my step daughter who insisted that I go with her. I will say it a lot more enjoyable than 1st movie. I got a bit tired of Jennifer Lawerence having the same expression on her face but to be honest after watching this I will go willingly to the...

4.0
0