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Katniss Goes Through Quarter Quell Hell In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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11/19/2013 9:07 pm
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Katniss Goes Through Quarter Quell Hell In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Media Courtesy of Lionsgate

Benjamin Spence

Staff Writer

This girl is on fire... After Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) experienced a berry nice ending in the 74th Hunger Games you may think everything would be plain sailing for the girl on fire. She and “love interest” Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) both survived President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Seneca Crane’s (Wes Bentley) arena and subsequently won the hearts of Panem’s people. However in this second instalment of the insanely successful franchise the odds appear to not be in her favour. With I am Legend director Francis Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer) on board the second part of the teen trilogy appears to be shot somewhat darker than the first. This represents the doom and gloom that the victors and their loved ones are about to endure as the story develops. Katniss roams around freely in the fields of District 12 with best friend Gale but little does she know how closely big brother is watching. The film wastes no time injecting the terror when President Snow makes a surprising visit to the Victors’ Village delivering an ultimatum to Katniss. To appease an uprising she is forced to carry on her act of loving baker boy Peeta and erase any chemistry she has with Gale. Donald Sutherland perfects Snow’s character by acting consistently calm but incredibly chilling as he instructs Katniss. A much needed bubbly character comes in the form of etiquette devotee Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). When you catch her facial expressions and mannerisms towards the other characters you can’t help but to laugh. Her equally whacky outfits also help you fall in love with her as she leads the victors on their victory tour with drunken mentor Haymitch. The tour provides gripping but difficult viewing especially when Katniss meets the family of Rue, her deceased ally from the arena. As a huge image of Rue is projected onto a screen Katniss is haunted by the games. Emotions run high as people are gunned down and the attendance of space age soldiers is more present than ever. The word rebellion whispers throughout the districts as katniss has become not just a celebrity but a symbol of hope. Of course this hasn’t gone unnoticed by Dictator Snow. A sinister twist for the 75th Hunger Games is announced. A Quarter Quell will take place where tributes are reaped from the existing pool of victors. Snow and his minions boom the message across Panem that even survivors are not invincible. This is a frightening concept and a clever direction in which to take the story. Don’t worry though the film doesn’t reminisce too heavily on the first when tributes including both Katniss and Peeta prepare for the arena. The T.V appearances and training is skimmed over with just enough time for Katniss to express her rebellious side and for the audience to connect with the other reaped tributes. The choice of ladies man for Finnick Odair’s (Sam Claflin) character is questionable but they have it spot on with the others. There’s a hilarious scene in a lift where Johanna Mason strips off in front of Peeta and Katniss. The bloodbath is again glamorised by host Caser Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and a collection of impressive outfits worn by the tributes. Let’s not forget the film has doubled in budget allowing fiery special effects that will leave you stunned. Residents of the capitol treat the Quarter Quell as a fabulous event leaving the viewer with a sickening feeling. In reality it’s experienced fighters both young and now some very old thrown into a cage to battle it out till death. Even though Effie is from the capitol she realises this and struggles to contain her emotion as Katniss and Peeta return to the dreaded games. The arena, this time beginning on water is full of twists and surprises. Hold on to your popcorn as sequences involving deadly mist and killer monkeys will make you jump out of your seat. Something the book simply can’t do. Lovers of the book will be pleased with the ending and lovers of just the film will be left speechless as the conclusion is far from predictable. With a sudden ending it’s almost unbearable that we have to wait until Mockingjay Part 1 to see what happens to our heroine. Catching Fire, as always with a book to screen transition misses out some key themes. One example is the avox who have had their tongues removed for betraying Panem. Fans of the book will notice them in the background however their presence and story remains unexplored. Perhaps this violent subplot is a bit too much to keep the film at a lower rating. Other characters and subplots are completely missed out however the film still does the book justice and fans are in for a heart racing experience. Lionsgate are cashing in by stretching the third book into two parts, even though it’s the same size as the first two. Let’s hope they don’t ruin the finale when they have got it right so far.
Photo courtesy of The Hunger Games Wiki Photo courtesy of The Hunger Games Wiki
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