Jennifer Lawrence’s fiery renegade warrior Katniss Everdeen and her friend Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are pitched into another gladiatorial fight to the death as the flames of rebellion ignite in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film adapted from Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games novels. A host of new faces including a hunky Sam Claflin and a sly Philip Seymour Hoffman, vivid turns from familiar figures such as Stanley Tucci’s flamboyant host and Woody Harrelson’s boozy mentor, plus a keen eye for spectacle and a much bigger budget all help to ensure this sequel doesn’t fall into the trap of simply rehashing the original contest. But the film’s greatest asset remains Lawrence’s haunted and conflicted heroine. With another two films to go, Catching Fire inevitably leaves the viewer dangling, but there’s enough here to leave us hungry for more.
Certificate 12. Runtime 140 mins. Director Francis Lawrence.
Released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download on Monday 17th March by Lionsgate UK. The special features on the 2-disc DVD and Triple-play Blu-ray include:
• Filmmaker Commentary
• Deleted Scenes
• 9-Part “Making Of” Documentary
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