Having offended the despotic central government, future world everyteen Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is forced to reenter the title competition, in which strangers fight to the death on national TV. Like The Hunger Games (2012), this sequel is a triumph of production design: Philip Messina's settings are so detailed that they convey how the movie's dystopic U.S. functions beyond the story at hand, and Trish Summerville's costume design shows a similar degree of invention. Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and cinematographer Jo Willems maintain the house style established in the first film, respectively, by Gary Ross and Tom Stern, frequently disrupting the effects-heavy sequences with handheld close-ups. It's refreshing to see a Hollywood franchise so invested in creating a sense of intimacy, even if that intimacy feels hackneyed. With Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, and Woody Harrelson.
Director: Francis Lawrence
Producer: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, Suzanne Collins, Louise Rosner-Meyer, Joe Drake and Allison Shearmur
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Philip Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding and Bruno Gunn
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire