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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Movie Review: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
146 min - Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi - 22 November 2013 (USA)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt(screenplay)
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

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Holy flaming Mocking jay! What a fabulous movie. I took my 12 year old daughter (she has read all three books) and two of her school friends to see it at the IMAX. It is on the edge of your seat action once they hit the arena. But be warned, it is  intense with a capital "I". I spent 45 minutes of the movie sitting in the lobby with a one of Holly's friends because it was to violent. Once her mom picked her up I went back in. I missed the announcement of the Quarter Quell and the reaping, but I will be going back this weekend to see what I missed.

Jennifer Lawrence was awesome in her role as Katniss. Gale was looking good as usual, but it was Peeta's time to shine and with the addition of Finnick, your tween daughters will be in heaven.

Catching Fire is emotionally powerful and brutally violent. It is definitely the upper end of PG-13, but excellent entertainment. The theater broke into applause as the credits rolled. Worth the money to see it at the theater.

5 "tick-tock" Sheep

Sharon Stogner


  1. Oh boy! My girl is almost 12, and she has read all the books too. I took her to see Hunger Games, and she loved it, now she's so excited about going to this one, but now I'm afraid :(
    Is it that much violent than Hunger Games?

  2. Ya know, I watched the first movie and just didn't care for it. I think I must be the only person for miles around that has no plans on watching this movie.

  3. It is heartening to find a teen-oriented movie franchise as gritty as The Hunger Games. Even so, Catching Fire remains contradictory, caught in some nether world between nightmarish political allegory and adolescent escapism.