Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Catching Fire: A Spark That Igites Not Only A Rebellion

  Catching Fire is the second instalment in the Hunger Games Trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It revolves around the continuation of Katniss Everdeen's struggle after the 76th hunger games that happened on the first book. The series is set on a dystopian North America where in thirteen districts exists. These thirteen districts are being ruled by the Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis that exercises political control over the rest of the nation.  The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death.
I have been a fan of the book series long before the movie adaptations were produced. One reason why I love the book series is because of the fictional world that Collins created. The book and the film is definitely science fiction. The whole plot is fiction imagined on a future world filled scientific and technological advances. The world of the Hunger Games is happening on a futuristic world wherein technology is everywhere. Basically, everything in the movie has science and technology associated with it.
Since I have read the books already, I was just watching for things in the movie that are different on the book. Catching Fire was awesome. Every single scene in the movie was well executed and every single character is well played. It was definitely a wonderful movie adaptation of a book. There are some scenes in the book that are not included in the movie and I was actually disappointed at those but the totality of the film is really worth watching.
If you are just a plain audience and you will just watch the movie for fun you will really not notice or give any attention to the science and technology associated with the film. The film is a commentary on past, present and future human society. Though the film is set on a dystopian future, the plot basically reflects all time features in the society.  In Capitol, people are the actual witness of development in their technology.
Science and technology can be both a success and a failure in the districts. Most people cannot live without it. Some prefer not to use it. Science and Technology are used in almost every single thing in the movie. It is used from their mode of transportations, innovations, loads of equipment and almost everything. The Arena is a whole product of science and technology. Even the whole Capitol, the place itself and the people are either products or benefiting from the products of it. Every district has a distinct character that differentiates them from each other. Some districts are really experiencing the benefits from products of technology. Some, like district twelve are deprived from it.             
Panem represents a lot of things. In the movie, they presented a lot of different views, perspective and ideas. The idea of a rebellion and sacrifices are one of the few ideologies in the film. Catching Fire was not only a young adult film. It is also political, scientific, technological and sociological. In totality, Catching Fire was a movie definitely worth your time. Hands down to the casts and producers.

Joana Marie Garcia

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