The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Thursday, 09 July 2020

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    A second helping.

  • Starring:

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Willow Shields, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Plummer, Jeffrey Wright, Lynn Cohen

  • Directed by:

    Francis Lawrence

  • Running time:

    146 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, whipped, tied up, electrocuted, dragged, grabbed, hooded, kicked, punched, knocked over, killed for sport, near-drowned, beaten, arrowed, stabbed, hacked, pursued, thrown down an embankment, stalked, bitten, slapped. Houses ransacked, property damage, smashed glass, arson, objects thrown. Avalanche, tsunami, explosions, burning debris, falling debris. Animals are killed, animals attack. Armed soldiers, military vehicles, angry mob, weapons training (stick-fighting, archery, spear-throwing), hand-to-hand combat. Gunshots, cannon fire, hanged effigy, spear-fishing. Video footage of riots, burning debris. Uprising, revolution, poisoned berries, black market, floggings, executions mentioned. Screaming, roaring. Blood/gore: Corpses, dead animals, missing limb. Bloody faces, hands, injuries, lashes. Blood spray, blood on objects, bloody scratches, people covered in blood. Welts, bruising, burning/bubbling skin (acidic poison), wound-cleaning. Hypodermic needle seen entering skin, object inserted into skin, bandage. 'Thousands of dead people' mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, undressing. Nude female (only back seen), shirtless men. Low-cut gowns.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, cocktails, champagne). Morphling (fictional narcotic) and an unknown sedative are injected. A drink that enables the consumer to throw up so they can eat more is offered.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Bleeped f-word, s-word. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Survival, fate, love, betrayal, family, relationships, hope, deceit, PTSD, morality, grief, fame, popularity, reality television, history, tradition, games, teamwork, sacrifice, loss, rebellion, uprising, alliance, dystopia.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Marriage proposal, cancelled wedding, pregnancy announcement. CPR, mouth-to-mouth. Dog, turkeys, cat, butterflies (garment/accessories), horses, buzzing insects, flocks of birds, baboons, lizard. Lightning, flame-throwing, fireworks, burning costumes (theatrical), power blackout. Vomiting, fang teeth. Fish, oysters eaten. Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Monumental, crowd-pleasing, remarkable, thought-provoking, inspiring, gutsier, tougher, better, leaner, smarter, thrilling, epic, heart-pounding. Winning performance from Jennifer Lawrence, wonderful supporting cast, impossible costume design, well paced, charged narrative, captures spirit of the novel, acute attention to detail, lush world-building.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Undernourished, familiar. Unsatisfactory ending, lacks heart, feels a little manufactured.

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