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Movie Stars: Director explodes expectations

4 December 2013 By Ryan Permison, Columnist No Comments

As the holiday season begins, some of the bigger blockbuster films arrive.

With that being said, we come to one of the most anticipated films of the year, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The saga continues after the events of the first movie.

After winning the 74th Hunger Games in the arena, Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson) return home to District 12 to be with their families. But their happiness doesn’t last very long. They are sent on a victory tour going to all the districts offering their condolences to the fallen tributes who died during the prior games featured in the first film.

Fear that a rebellion is coming against the Capitol, President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) has Katniss and Peeta return to the arena to fight for their lives once again, this time against other tributes who have won the games before.

They call it the Quarter Quell where the stakes have never been higher. With President Snow watching their every move, Katniss and Peeta are not just fighting for their lives, but for everyone they care about.

With the success of the first film, as well as a new director, the bar was set high for the sequel. Without a doubt, this is truly an epic film. It is darker, grittier and you can easily become emotionally involved with all the characters.

The new members of the cast gave incredible performances including Sam Claflin, Jenna Malone and Jeffrey Wright. Two actors that stole the show were Donald Sutherland and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Those two were great on screen and they work very well together. The final minutes of the film will leave you breathless.

The pacing of the movie overall is spectacular. If you have not seen the first two films of this franchise, I strongly recommend you start watching. I give The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 10 out of 10.

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