My wife was intensely addicted to the Hunger Games series of book, but with the movies coming down the pipe, I stayed away. I wanted to be surprised by the films. When The Hunger Games was released in 2012 I was eager to see it and was very pleased to find I really enjoyed the film. It was a rousing sci fi adventure flick with solid performances and some awesome action. I was amped for the continuation of the series. So when I went to the theatre for the next installment, The Hunger Games Catching Fire, I was quite surprised to find it was a more solid, more entertaining and more emotional ride than the original. And that just doesn’t happen too often.
A year after winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are told they must do what is known as a Victor’s Tour to visit all the districts and help promote the government. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is fearful of Katniss’ defiance and her effect on the public. To try and get rid of Katniss once and for all Snow decides to enact what is known as a Quarter Quell and make a change to the Hunger Games. He decides the new games will feature previous winners competing against each other thinking Katniss will not have a chance against such seasoned competition. And Katniss may have more to fear than her competitors as the plot against her grows.
The Hunger Games Catching Fire is a powerhouse sequel that is fast paced and exciting throughout. Lawrence steps up her game giving Katniss even more depth of character here as do all of the regular cast with their respective parts. The stakes are also much higher here as Katniss grows in popularity and the feelings of rebellion within the public grows as she becomes more prominent. The action once the games get going is much more intense here as well since many of the competitors are trained killers instead of common folks. The mythos is enriched here and only managed to gear me up even more for the last two films to come.
The Blu-ray from eOne is just as spectacular as the first film, all glitz and gloss. Great colors, clarity and detail throughout as well as an active and booming soundtrack make for one killer disc and one of the best transfers of the year so far. They also loaded the disc with tons of extras for the diehard fans. Very highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.