The Hunger Games : Catching Fire (2013 140min.) [Ch4 9.00pm &+1]
Katniss Everdeen's victory in a televised death match makes her a focus for revolution against the totalitarian nation she lives in. The rulers of the regime plot to crush dissent with a new series of games, in which past champions battle it out. Sci-fi adventure sequel based on the second book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy of novels, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The second film in the four film franchise picks up where the first finished and provides more of the content that made its predecessor such a delight.
Jennifer Lawrence returns and is once again sensational in the lead role : the support from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer is top quality and Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, the wonderful Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland all add weight to the cast.
Director Francis Lawrence remembers that in among the terrific action sequences and well handled CGI effects there's a story that needs to be told and does so very well indeed. Despite the extended running time the film never flags or lags and the whole thing is expertly held together.
Very, very good with high entertainment value.