Jennifer Lawrence Must Die in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Trailer

James Marsh, Asian Editor
Director Francis Lawrence is keeping tensions and stakes high in the second installment of Lionsgate's big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novels. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katnis Everdeen, hero of Sector 12 and winner of the brutal bloodsport, The Hunger Games, that supposedly keeps the post-apocalyptic country at bay. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth also return as the two dreamy boys vying for her affections, while Donald Sutherland and new addition Philip Seymour Hoffman scheme to destroy the plucky young lady before her victory rallies the nation into a full-scale rebellion.

Personally I was a big fan of the first film and am very much looking forward to the rest of the series. It amuses me that the most audible critics cite this as nothing more than Battle Royale for Twilight fans, but I'm of the opinion that anything that manages to successfully bridge the gap between action, horror, sci-fi and a healthy female audience can only be a good thing. We want girls to like the things we like - and The Hunger Games is here to help make that happen.

Check out the new trailer below:
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  • tman418

    Can't wait to see this in 15perf/70mm IMAX! BOO YAH!

  • Sebo McPowers

    The Trailer looks surprisingly good.
    Does anyone know, where the music was stolen from? Once again Sunshine? It sounds awfully familiar, but I can`t put my finger on it..

  • Joe

    Anyone who says the series is not Battle Royale for Twilight fans has obviously never seen (or read) Battle Royale.

    While not terrible (maybe I would have enjoyed it if I was a 16 year old girl), Hunger Games is a carbon copy of Battle Royale with romance ramped up for the YA set.

    Lets run down the list:
    -Group of teens battle to the death against their will for a totalitarian government to teach people a lesson: check.
    -Winner of the competition becomes an automatic celebrity: check.
    -Groups of contestants working together only to turn on each other: check.
    -Guy and girl working together to survive even though there can be only one winner: check.
    -Previous contest winner helping the guy and girl survive: check.
    -Said winners end up turning against the system: check.

    I could go on, but do I really need to?

  • Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg

    I have seen Battle Royale, and yes, there are similarities, but the book and film go in different directions, and the romance is only one part of it. It is much more about politics, with less emphasis on gore and more about the identity of the central character. The two films are more different than they are similar, in tone and themes.

  • Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg

    Anyone who calls the series Battle Royale for Twilight fans has obviously never read the books (which are pretty damn good YA fiction with little romance or sentimentality) and wasn't watching the film carefully enough.

  • I called the first HG "a kind of infantilized version of Battle Royale, taking any real sense of danger or doom from the premise and wringing through an almost callously preposterous "feel good" prism so that we're left with what
    amounts to a near-bloodless massacre." - http://twitchfilm.com/2012/03/...

    I'll stand by that claim...

    Won't bother with the trailer if I can help it, will go into the film "fresh". Lord knows THE HOST made me almost appreciate the neutered slaughter and tween friendly which-guy-to-shtup of HG in comparison.

    And, for love of all that is archery, let's not use the books as a cudgel against those criticizing the film.

    ps. Yeah, we already had the argument over drinks about the sillyness of Katnip, uh, Katniss' strategic endeavours...:)

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