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- Directed By: Francis Lawrence
- Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (novel)
- Runtime: 146 minutes
- Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language
- Language: English
- Company: Color Force, Lionsgate
When we last left Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), they had just won the 74th Hunger Games with a brilliant but crazy (not to mention rebellious) plan, barely escaping with both of their lives.
Now they're living the lives of victors with their families back home, their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), and their handler, Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks).
Being the winners of the previous games, they have a duty to uphold: the Victory Tour. Traveling through all 12 districts, attending galas in their honor, and most importantly, selling the fact that they're madly, deeply, prepared-to-end-it-all in love with each other.
The disctricts aren't buying it though and there are starting to be upraisings and riots. Seeing the rebellion starting, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has to come up with a plan fast to get rid of Katniss Everdeen and the other victors to rely a message to the people: There is NO hope.
Enter the Quarter Quell and the past and present victors duking it out in the deadly arena once again. This time however, they all must remember who the enemy really is...
Be warned: I am one of those people that compare movies to books.
With the last Hunger Games movie, I thought the book and movie went hand in hand beautifully. Did that change at all with the newest movie release in the series? Absolutely not!
What was so great about this movie is it really did follow the book almost exactly! They even used a lot of the same dialogue as in the book.
Screenwriters, I applaud you.
While the movie started off a little slow (as did the book), it definitely managed to keep my attention for the entirety of the film, especially towards the middle when the characters hear the bomb President Snow dropped on them.
With the addition of some new characters, the acting is definitely top notch! Familiar but with a fresh edge that the newbies bring to the storyline. And for those of you who haven't read the book, there is a little air of mystery in the arena as well.
Even though I read the book this movie definitely kept me on my toes and made me want to dust off my copy of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and finish it. Although with the release of the next movie being set for next year, I think I have some time!