Movie Review: The Hunger Games Catching Fire

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This second part of the successful Hunger Games trilogy manages to carve itself a notable space. (AP) This second part of the successful Hunger Games trilogy manages to carve itself a notable space. (AP)
SummaryThis second part of the successful Hunger Games trilogy manages to carve itself a notable space.

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To the readers of the series, and even to those who aren't, the plot itself holds little surprises. It starts from the day of the Victory Tour, when Katniss and Peeta (Hutcherson), the winners of the previous Hunger Games, have to take a celebratory round of the other districts leading up to a grand party at the Capitol. Katniss has spent the first part of the day trying to convince friend Gale (Hemsworth) that her romance with Peeta in the arena of the Games was just an act to save their skins. The latter part is spent trying to assure Snow that she will continue that romance with Peeta on the victory tour, to convince the districts that she didn't have the Capitol fooled.

As Katniss and Peeta's visit to the districts, and even a very public engagement, fail to quieten the growing restiveness among people who have come to see her as a sign of their rebellion, Snow says the 75th Hunger Games will see the victors of the previous years once again entering the arena to fight each other to death.

Once they are back in there, Catching Fire loses some of its sting as there is way too much fighting for anything meaningful to register. You never get the sense of the tentative bond the victors have come to share and with the novelty worn off, little in the arena actually registers as a shock.

As movies of this budget, bandwidth and expectations go, Catching Fire is not exceptional. But it can't be dismissed either. And that is good enough.

shalini.langer@expressindia.com

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