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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Film Review

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by John Andrew (subscribe)
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Published November 23rd 2013

It is a grey, hungry world where silent crowds are gathered to meet Katnis and Peeta whose fake romance helped them to survive the lethal games and become media legends, exploitable by President Snow as a distraction from the grim reality of life under his tyranny.

"You fought very hard in the games, Ms. Everdeen. But they were games."

So says President Snow, as he warns Katniss that she can play the part which has been assigned to her, or she, and her people will be crushed.

Katniss and Peeta are sent on a nationwide "victory tour". From the window of their super-fast train, we see a bleak countryside, and are shown that there is unrest.

"You never get off this train. From now on your job is to be a distraction."

The sullen victory tour crowds defy the armed militia meant to cow them into submission, and show that defiance still festers under the surface.

It comes as no great surprise that Katniss and Peeta are seen as a threat by President Snow, and that they are soon fighting for their lives again in a renewed and deadlier instalment of the Hunger Games.

Which sets the scene for the sequel to "Hunger Games". Tightly scripted, well directed, skilfully photographed, and brilliantly acted this sequel reverses the usual trend, and is much better on every level than its predecessor.

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