'Catching Fire' Tops the Box Office


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been named the movie of 2013 coming in with a last minute steal.  The powerful Katniss Everdeen portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence shines in the Hunger Games sequel. Lawrence reminds the audience of her wit in this second movie as she maneuvers her way through the games and this time, busts the system wide open. It has been noted that Lawrence is the first female lead to top the box office in forty years as a sole protagonist. Prior to Catching Fire, it was The Exorcist.  As lead, Lawrence carries the film with her colliding strength and vulnerability.

The movie, lasting about two and a half hours, is filled with enough twists and suspense to  prepare the audience for the third installment in this action-filled series. The timing was used effectively enough to engage and explain Panem to the viewers who might not have caught the first film. The fear within the districts are more pronounced and the control of the regime is illustrated through the gory punishment of rebellious citizens.

Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) maintain their appearances after their win.  The victory tour is a lavish lie that serves to convince audiences of their love and to settle the revolution that Katniss reluctantly started. Gale (Liam Hemsworth), is still her love interest.

Despite her attempts to mellow out the crowds the way Haymitch and Effie suggest (Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks), Katniss continues to be on the bad side of President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Snow declares that the 75th Hunger Games will feature previous winners of the games. Hutcherson develops the character of Peeta as  he makes moves without Katniss’ knowledge for the good of the team.

The duo is forced to create alliances among the other competitors. Katniss inevitably is hesitant to trust, yet she finds there's a greater alliance anticipating her every move; making  an ending sure to be talked about.