The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novel Catching Fire (2009), the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger Games (2012) and the second installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with co-production by Lionsgate Films and distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment. Francis Lawrence directed the film, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt (credited as Michael deBruyn). Adding to the existing cast, the supporting cast was filled out with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Lynn Cohen, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer.
Filming began on September 10, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to Hawaii. The plot of Catching Fire takes place a few months after the previous installment; Katniss Everdeen and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark have returned home safely after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Throughout the story, Katniss senses that a rebellion against the oppressive Capitol is simmering throughout the districts.
- Starring : Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson
- Genre : Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Thriller
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Francis Lawrence
- Production : Color Force / Lionsgate
- Distributor : GEM Entertainment / Belga Films / Bontonfilm / Cathay-Keris Films / China Film Group Corporation (CFGC) / Cineforum / Cinematográfica Blancica (CB) / Diamond Films / Distribuye Movie / Entertainment One / Forum Film Bulgaria / Forum Film Poland / Forum Film / Gulf Film / Independent Films / Kadokawa / Legend Cinemas / Lionsgate UK / Lionsgate / Manfer Films / Metropolitan Filmexport / Mongkol Major / Monolith Films / Noori Pictures / Nordisk Film / Paris Filmes / Pioneer Films / Pris Audiovisuais / Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft. / Roadshow Films / Spentzos Films / StudioCanal / UMN / Universal Pictures International (UPI) / Venus Films / Videocine S.A. de C.V. / Volga / Westec Media Limited / ABC Family / Audio Visual Entertainment / Belga Home Vidéo / Eagle Films / Film1 / Lionsgate Home Entertainment / Nelonen / Net5 / Tanweer Films
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire release date
- November 11, 2013 : UK (London) (premiere)
- November 18, 2013 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- November 20, 2013 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- November 21, 2013 : Australia
- November 21, 2013 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- November 21, 2013 : Germany
- November 21, 2013 : UK
- November 21, 2013 : Ireland
- November 21, 2013 : Israel
- November 21, 2013 : Philippines
- November 21, 2013 : Singapore
- November 22, 2013 : Canada
- November 22, 2013 : Spain
- November 22, 2013 : Sweden
- November 22, 2013 : USA
- November 27, 2013 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- November 27, 2013 : France
- December 6, 2013 : India
- December 20, 2013 : Israel (Midnight Movie)
- December 27, 2013 : Japan
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cast
- Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
- Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
- Jack Quaid as Marvel
- Taylor St. Clair as Ripper
- Sandra Ellis Lafferty as Greasy Sae(as Sandra Lafferty)
- Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
- Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
- Paula Malcomson as Katniss’ Mother
- Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen
- Donald Sutherland as President Snow
- Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
- Bruce Bundy as Octavia
- Nelson Ascencio as Flavius
- Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
- Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novel Catching Fire (2009), the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger Games (2012) and the second installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with co-production by Lionsgate Films and distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment. Francis Lawrence directed the film, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt (credited as Michael deBruyn). Adding to the existing cast, the supporting cast was filled out with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Lynn Cohen, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer. Filming began on September 10, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to Hawaii. The plot of Catching Fire takes place a few months after the previous installment; Katniss Everdeen and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark have returned home safely after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Throughout the story, Katniss senses that a rebellion against the oppressive Capitol is simmering throughout the districts.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiered in London on November 11, 2013 and was theatrically released on November 15, 2013, in Brazil; November 20 in Finland, Sweden, and Norway; November 21 in the United Kingdom; and November 22 in IMAX, in the United States. The film set records for the biggest November opening weekend and biggest three- and five-day Thanksgiving box-office totals, surpassing the first film’s box office grosses. It ranks as the 22nd-highest-grossing film at the domestic box office and the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office of 2013, becoming the first 2-D film since The Dark Knight (2008) to top the yearly box office, as well as having a lead female top the box office since The Exorcist (1973). The film has grossed over $865 million worldwide and is the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2013 and the highest-grossing entry in The Hunger Games series. The film was followed by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, a two-part sequel and finale of the franchise: Part 1 was released on November 21, 2014, in the United States, and Part 2 on November 20, 2015.
Catching Fire received positive reviews and is widely considered by critics to be an improvement over its predecessor, with the sentiment being that it’s “a more-confident, more-polished movie”; praise also goes to Lawrence’s performance as Katniss. It’s the most critically acclaimed chapter in The Hunger Games series, according to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The film also received numerous nominations, with a nomination for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Action Film and a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. For her performance, Lawrence was nominated a second time for the Empire Award for Best Actress as well as the Saturn Award and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award. The song “Atlas” was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
Sometime after Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return to District 12 following their victory in the 74th Hunger Games, President Snow visits Katniss and explains that her actions in the Games have inspired uprisings. He orders her to use the upcoming Victory Tour to convince people that her actions were out of love and not defiance against the Capitol, warning her that her friends, family, and District 12 will otherwise suffer, but she is unsuccessful in doing so. During the tour, Katniss’ mentor Haymitch Abernathy warns her that she and Peeta, as Victors like him, will now have to serve as mentors to future tributes and that their show of love will be forced to continue for the rest of lives.
Peacekeepers enter District 12 to crack down on illegal activity, and Katniss’s friend Gale is publicly whipped after attacking the Head Peacekeeper. However, Haymitch, Peeta and Katniss use their influence as Hunger Games victors to save Gale from being executed. This is broadcast on state television; in response, Snow decides that the Hunger Games victors have too much power and need to be eradicated. He announces that the upcoming Hunger Games – the 75th overall and the third Quarter Quell – will involve tributes selected from previous victors, allowing him to dispose of almost all of them. Katniss is devastated, knowing she will be forced to participate as she is the only living female Victor from District 12, and she immediately devotes herself to ensuring Peeta survives. On Reaping Day, Haymitch’s name is drawn, but Peeta immediately volunteers to take his place. Haymitch reveals that the tributes are angry about being forced to return to the Games and will most likely attempt to stop it. For her pre-Games interview, Katniss wears a wedding dress, as ordered by Snow, but her stylist Cinna sets it to transform into a symbol of a mockingjay. Peeta announces that he and Katniss, who had previously announced their engagement during their Victory Tour in an unsuccessful attempt to quell the Districts, are expecting a child. The citizens then protest for the Games to be stopped to no avail. Just before Katniss enters the arena, Cinna is severely beaten by Peacekeepers in front of her as punishment for his tampering with her dress and then dragged away.
In the Games, Katniss allies with District 4 tributes Finnick Odair and the elderly Mags, his mentor. When the arena’s forcefield shocks Peeta, stopping his heart, Finnick revives him. The group is then forced to flee from a poisonous fog; when Peeta cannot go on, Mags sacrifices herself so that Finnick can help him. When mandrills attack, Peeta is saved by the unexpected sacrifice of a hiding tribute. The group escapes to the beach, where Finnick greets District 3’s Wiress and Beetee and District 7’s Johanna Mason. Wiress repeats the phrase “tick-tock”, leading Katniss to realize that the arena is designed like a clock, with unchanging hazards each hour contained within their respective zones. Wiress’s throat is slit by Gloss, one of the Careers. Gloss is then fatally shot by Katniss while Johanna kills his sister, Cashmere. Finnick is injured by another Career, and the Gamemakers spin the clock to disorient the tributes.
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