Monday, December 2, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Uprising Is Ignited!

Initially, my preconceptions about The Hunger Games revolved around the typical coming-of-age story spiced up with teenage romance and the inevitable fate that the hero or, in this case, the heroine, would have to face and ultimately overcome an inner struggle in order to find the strength to fight and triumph over the enemies. This has been the common formula used by most mainstream literature nowadays. But there are certain ingredients that make movies such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and Percy Jackson among others, stand out above their contemporaries making them more delectable to the audiences.

Considering that The Hunger Games is a dystopian fiction, what makes it stand out for me is not so much the dynamics of the story and the characters rather it is the message that it tries to bring across. Of course, the story was based on “The Lottery” but Suzanne Collins takes it one bar higher by placing certain elements that I believe are references to real things and events, giving it more depth in substance and rootedness to reality.

All in all, after watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, without viewing the previous movie or reading any book in the series, I can say without a doubt in my mind that the movie was directed phenomenally and the characters were portrayed wonderfully. The cinematography was great and the flow of the story was so good that even if I didn’t read the book or watched the previous movie, I could follow the events and understand what’s going on. It was a movie worth watching and it definitely piqued my interest.

I consider The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as science fiction because it depicts a futuristic setting with highly sophisticated technologies and an advanced knowledge in science despite the fact that it is a dystopia and in the midst of the improvement of life in the Capitol which represents the ruling elite, there is a disparity in wealth and willpower shown through the barbaric nature of the 13 Districts of Panem and the Games themselves. Some technologies that were shown and may have the possibility of being invented in the future were holograms and spacecrafts.

The film definitely says a lot about past, present, and future human society. I see it as an incredibly plausible prediction of future human society depending on the events that are actually happening at the present time. I believe that for the ruling elite to be able to subdue and control the masses, a massive crisis needs to take place, and I think that since the film is set in America, the recession and continuous decline of their economy may more or less be the prelude to the creation of Panem or “The New World Order” in certain contexts.

Finally, the advancement of science and technology succeeds in improving the lives of a select few in society while simultaneously creating oppression in the rest thereby failing to bring equality to the world of The Hunger Games.

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