Review: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Years from now academics will use The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as a case study on how good direction can improve a sequel. On practically every level, director Francis Lawrence improves the futuristic dystopia where a fight to death placates the masses. The early scenes are sophisticated and even include moments of meta-humor, whereas the long second half favors raw suspense. Sure, Catching Fire does not have a satisfying conclusion – it’s part of a trilogy, so a lot is unresolved – but at least its intense imagery leaves us wanting more.

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