Second installment of Hunger Games predicted to blaze the box office

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Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to novel-turned-movie The Hunger Games, is set to hits theaters Nov. 22nd at midnight. If it has any effect as its predecessor, fans should not be disappointed.

The Hunger Games tells the story of sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a girl living in Panem, a dystopic nation divided into twelve districts and controlled by the Capitol. While those who reside in the Capitol live in luxury, the inhabitants of the Districts  are treated more like inmates as they fight hunger and strict regulations. The most cruel yet glamorized of these regulations are the Hunger Games, Panem’s televised fight to the death that forces each district to send one boy and one girl to either fame and fortune or their inevitable doom.

The plot starts up when Katniss is sent to the Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Prim (Willow Shields.) She also had to  through the Games with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), someone Katniss knows as ‘the boy with the bread.’ Then things got complicated when Peeta confessed being in love with Katniss. Once the Games began, Katniss eventually found herself working the star-crossed-lovers act in order to survive. After a bloodbath, swarm of tracker jackers, pack of genetically altered mutts, and a bushel of poisonous berries, Katniss managed to keep herself and Peeta alive, and she got to go home.

Other notable roles include Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss’ best friend; Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Katniss and Peeta’s bitter, booze-loving mentor; Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), a Capitol woman that serves as District 12’s escort; Rue (Amandla Stenberg), a tribute from District 11 Katniss teams up with; and Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Katniss’ stylist for the Games.

Catching Fire, according to the novel, starts off after Katniss and Peeta are home from the Games. While life seems to be getting back to normal, Katniss and Peeta has to face the Victor’s Tour and the wrath of the Capitol since their victory of the 74th Hunger Games is starting up a revolution in the districts. Also, Katniss and Peeta will be heading back to the Arena for the 75th Hunger Games: the Quarter Quell. New characters such as Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) will be introduced.

I am expecting this movie to be a hit. The Hunger Games was a well made movie, despite some holes in the plot. The acting was spot on. Lawrence did an amazing job as portraying the brave and stoic Katniss, rocking the signature side-braid and knowing her way around a bow and arrow. Her beauty captivated the audience just as her character captivated the citizens of the Capitol. Hutcherson performed well with his interpretation of Peeta. Excellent acting, good looks, and a charming smile make a great combination. He easily related to Peeta’s compassionate personality. Hemsworth, Harrelson, and Banks also tapped into their roles and gave genuine performances. Overall, the casting was well done.

Asides from the stellar acting, the previews for Catching Fire hint towards a phenomenal movie. When they show scenes from the Quarter Quell and other aspects of the movie, it revealed incredible stunts and costumes with the catchphrase: “The whole world will be watching.”

Now with this movie less than a day away, I predict that it will be a box office hit.