RELEASE DATE: 21/11/2013
RUN TIME: 2HR 26MIN
|PATRICK ST ESPRIT|
Sporting a new director, Francis Lawrence (‘I Am Legend’), Gary Ross left the project sighting insufficient pre-production time, and new screenwriter, Academy award-winning Simon Beaufoy (‘Slumdog Millionaire’), ‘Catching Fire’ is simply “more”. While the first film was deemed a success critically, some still found it a little soft and boring considering the subject matter - well, let's just say that those concerns have well and truly been quashed for round two. Firstly, the stakes are much, much higher. What’s more important than saving your own life? How about the lives of millions? On the cusp of a nation-wide revolution with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as the rebellion’s symbol of hope, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) looks to reignite fear in Panem’s population. So long as there is hope there is no fear. The victors represent hope, and so Snow initiates the “Quarter Quell”, a 75th anniversary Hunger Games which gathers its tributes from the pool of past victors.
The arena for the 75th games is a luscious tropical setting that features a fresh batch of barbaric and horrifying ploys to kill and destroy, with a sophisticated twist. Featuring a varying array of new and old potential allies, there’s something deliciously messed up about this particular games that inspires a mixed bag of emotions and experiences.
Watching this film in IMAX, this film is quite spectacular - being fully immersed in its jungle and beach settings, it's almost as though you can reach out and touch the water.
Magnetic performances all around, this is a great ensemble cast of new and familiar faces including Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Surely no fan can be disappointed with this incarnation, and its edge-of-your seat pace and grittier story will excite and bring in new and soon to be loyal fans.