The Hunger Games: Catching Fire carries on from the first highly successful film based upon on the international best selling books. Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark participate in the Victors Tour of the 74th Hunger Games which they had both survived. Throughout their tour they are forced by the Capitol to lie and portray a love for each other that doesn’t exist. The aim of the Capitol is decisive and precise, to destroy any ideas of revolution, rebellion or hope that may be forming in the Districts of Panem.
The film hosts a large cast full of talent, especially considering the addition of Philip Seymour Hoffman. It also continues to prevail in terms of action, visual effects and the overall concept of the story remains exciting. Add to this the large variety of characters and personalities in the film that creates a positive and eccentric diversity fitting for any adventure story.
The Hunger Games plays on social and class division immensely. The districts are designed to look natural in terms of what the audience see in their own day to day surroundings. Regular technology and tools, different levels of poverty and most importantly control over the people are all present. This is a stark contrast to the Capitol where they see grand splendor futuristic aircraft, riches and a presumed freedom to society.
These types of division and oppression are not too dissimilar from the ones we encounter in our own world and so it plays a huge factor in the strength of the film emotionally. The basic principle of ‘The Hunger Games’ itself is people being forced to kill each other in the hope of freedom and peace. A ploy many leaders in the world use today to make wars more socially acceptable. That being said the film is in no way as serious as these topics may make out but they’re still interesting side thoughts to have roaming through your mind. A third film will follow and it will no doubt continue to grow in the same fashion as this film did from the first.
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