MOTW: Five Interesting Facts About "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

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The second installment in the Hunger Games' trilogy, based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) senses that a rebellion is simmering. However the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares for the Quarter Quell - a competition that could change Panem forever.
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November 26th, 2013

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MOTW: Five Interesting Facts About "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

With the second installment of "The Hunger Games" saga due for release on Friday November 23, 2013, excitement about the film is escalating. The film is based on a novel of the same name by author Suzanne Collins and is part two of the trilogy. Several familiar characters are reprising their roles from the first film, "The Hunger Games," including lead role Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson as well as Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Paula Malcomson, and Willow Shields. 'The Hunger Games trilogy is a series of fictional books written for young adults.

The plot of this film returns to the Hunger Games that takes place in Panem's Capitol District with a new twist on the games. In this set of Hunger Games, the tributes are chosen from the group of previous victors, which makes the contest much more difficult—not that it wasn't difficult to begin with. Main characters Peeta and Katniss return to the arena while President Snow works to eliminate them without creating martyrs. Katniss and Peeta need to win in order to keep hope brewing in the world of Panem.

For fans that would like to learn more about the film and its background, here are five interesting facts about "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire":

Fact #1

While hunting for food in District 12, Katniss Everdeen finds herself unable to shoot a turkey due to post-traumatic stress disorder from having to kill a boy in the Hunger Games. This realistic anguish over having to kill is one of the elements that makes "The Hunger Games" franchise a realistic world for fans. Characters go through emotional experiences that fans can relate to even though the setting is a futuristic sci-fi fantasy world. Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence performs beautifully in her role as Katniss Everdeen, allowing us to feel what Katniss is feeling in the aftermath of her brutal experience in the Hunger Games.

Fact #2

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was filmed with a budget almost twice the figure of that of the first movie. New director Francis Lawrence takes over from original director Gary Ross with a much bigger budget, and he only makes minor changes from the original novel. Although the budget can be seen in the elaborate costumes and settings in the film, the story itself is based on the lives of regular people set in the futuristic setting of Panem. The greatest strength of the plot is the gritty reality of the lives and deaths of the young people and their families shown in the movie.

Fact #3

Jennifer Lawrence is not a brunette; she is actually naturally blonde. In order to reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence had to dye her hair brunette. This is contrary to what most people think that actresses do, which is to dye their hair blonde or highlight it to achieve lighter tones.

Fact #4

Love triangles are a common element in young adult fiction and this element is used in "The Hunger Games" trilogy. Katniss Everdeen is in a love triangle with her childhood friend, Gale Hawthorne, and her fellow winner in the Hunger Games, Peeta Mellark. While both Gale and Peeta love Katniss, they are willing to sacrifice and work together to help keep Katniss—and hopefully themselves—safe. The way these characters work on their relationships adds to the reality of the film.

Fact #5

The cast in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is literally an all-star cast. This experienced group of actors has garnered nine acting Oscar nominations and two acting Oscar wins. Filmgoers can look forward to an array of excellent acting by this phenomenal cast. Jennifer Lawrence shines as Katniss, showing her emotional fragility as well as her physical toughness. Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland both create memorable characters in their limited amount of footage. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth show their talent in their supportive acting roles. The most standout performance as a villain goes to Patrick St. Esprit as despicable Commander Thread.

With such complex emotional trauma and fine high-level acting, moviegoers will be able to enjoy the passion and excitement in this newest film in "The Hunger Games" series. The story told in the last book in the series, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay," will be divided into two movies, which are planned to be filmed back to back.