The Hunger Games: Catching Fire-A Movie Review

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May 312014
 

Wow, I am way behind getting my movies reviewed, but we also haven’t been to see as many lately. I also haven’t been writing much here, as I’ve been writing for hours every day for work, so there’s little enthusiasm left at the end of the day, to keep writing. But, I want to do better, so here I am trying to catch up some.

Hunger Games:Catching Fire Movie PosterA year after winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and her partner, Peeta Mellark must go on what is known as the Victor’s Tour wherein they visit all the districts. But before leaving, Katniss is visited by President Snow who fears that Katniss defied him a year ago during the games when she chose to die with Peta. With both Katniss and Peeta declared the winners, it is fueling a possible uprising. He tells Katniss that while on tour she better try to make sure that she puts out the flames or else everyone she cares about will be in danger. But unfortunately she fails to do that. So Snow decides to enact what is known as the Quarter Quell, the right to make a change to the Hunger Games, which he is allowed to do every 25 years. He decides to hold an edition of the Hunger Games wherein previous winners will compete again. Their mentor Haymitch thinks their best chance to survive is form an alliance with some of the others. They decide to align themselves with Finnick and his partner, Mags. But Snow is secretly hoping Katniss will be killed.

Director: Francis Lawrence

Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (Novel)

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid, Taylor St. Clair, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Paula Malcomson, Willow Shields, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Bundy, Nelson Ascencio, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci

Run Time: 46 min Category: Adventure, Sci-Fi Relase Date: 22 November 2013

I never expected to like either of the Hunger Games movies, but me and Lay liked both. He liked this one slightly less, but I thought it a was very good sequel. We always find people in the games to root for, and of course, they always die. Continue reading »

Constantine

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Oct 132005
 

ConstantineJohn Constantine has been to hell and back. Born with a gift he didn’t want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living.

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Suspense/Horror, Thriller and Adaptation

Running Time: 2 hrs. 2 min.

Release Date: February 18th, 2005 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R for violence and demonic images.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor-Vince 

Constantine comes straight out of the somewhat obscure comic book Hellblazer. This film is really geared to a specific audience, and even in that realm, the good and bad are quite intertwined. The concept, the overall plot of the movie, is interesting. Audiences will be left wondering what the clues mean and where the story is going. Most of the action scenes and special effects are cool enough to keep fans of this genre entertained.

Some of the jokes and interactions feel a little out of placeand that’s mainly because there’s almost no insight into any of the characters besides Constantine. Constantine has some depth to him, but literally no one else seems to have a past or real motivation including the main “bad guys”. There’s no good climax to the movie for some reason either.

All that being said, those who really enjoy these types of supernatural thrillers should probably see this because they will be entertained when it’s all said and done.

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