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[BD Review] ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Is This Generation’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’!

Evan Dickson is jumping on the bandwagon, raving about Lionsgate’s epic The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which sounds as if it broke free of the “young adult adaptation” stereotype proving that you can make a good movie if you let the director do his thing. Now we celebrate that Francis Lawrence, who also directed Constantine and I Am Legend, is returning for the two-part The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

“Catching Fire is better than the first film in almost every way,” says Dickson in his review further adding that “the film barely even feels YA. The stakes are much higher, the characters trend older and the whole thing feels very much like a solid dystopian action film.

He shockingly declares, “Catching Fire might very well be this generation’s Empire Strikes Back.

DAMN. Get me into a theater STAT!



  • anthonyd1

    I am so excited for this movie I cannot wait to see it tomorrow night

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    I liked the first one and with the amount of positive buzz the sequel’s getting, I’m stoked to see this one, but I’m probably going to wait awhile to avoid the annoying teeny-bopper crowds who talk through the whole thing.

    • “but I’m probably going to wait awhile to avoid the annoying teeny-bopper crowds who talk through the whole thing.”

      Amen to that. It’s one of the reasons why I waited so long to watch the Carrie remake in theaters.

      Can’t wait to see it, because the trailers and TV spots look incredible, and I’m shocked Catching Fire is still holding a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Hopefully it’s better than the first one. I didn’t hate the first one, but the shaky cam bullshit drove me nuts, and the movie itself was horribly boring and dull most of the time.

  • djblack1313

    i’m looking forward to this one too. i can already tell i love the way the movie is filmed/the cinematography. the scenes that take place on the water (in Hawaii?) look amazing!

  • EvilHead1981

    I didn’t see anything of worth in the first one. Should I see the second one? The whole “Empire Strikes Back” thing is a bold claim, so this one’s THAT good, that interests me, but I thought the first one was rather… overrated(and boring).

  • WolfQueen

    I was very disappointed in the first one, but the trailers alone for this new one makes it look bounds above the first. I’ll just try not to get myself too hyped up to watch it. It’s gotten to the point that I go to movies with zero expectations, regardless of what it is, so I won’t be disappointed. LOL. It’s worked for a couple 😉

  • SkullBunnie

    I know its a broken record..but could Hollywood please just fucking make Battle Royal already?!!
    But on another note I just wrote a screenplay about a psychic boy who gets snowed in at a ski lodge that his father is remodeling over the winter. Apparently the ski lodge is haunted and possesses the father eventually convincing him to kill his family. But the boy has the Lighting which allows him to foresee events and his spirit guide Davey helps him escape. …should make a great movie eventually. What …the Shining..oh ..i never heard of it.

    Yeah…Hunger games is kinda like that…still.

  • Kwonkicker

    I saw the first one after hearing all the incessant hype from friends and peers. While some parts entertained, I thought overall it was pretty dull and boring. Went and read the first book, moderately better. Went and read the second book, it was almost as boring as reading Twilight (fuck you if you judge, know damn well all you read at least portions of the first one)

    This generation’s Empire Strikes Back? That’s bold dude, we’ll see.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Yikes, you don’t bring Star Wars into the equation unless it’s serious. I definitely have to see this in theaters now.

  • lucscs100

    I went into it not expecting to like it at all and I freaking ADORED it! It’s definitely much better than the first one and it’s just really well done entertainment! The film is very well directed, it doesn’t feel YA, and it’s a hell of a social commentary!

  • woodchuck

    I don’t know, to me Hunger Games seems like an action/sci-fi version of Twilight. I honestly thought the first one was absolutely terrible and the only reason I even gave it a chance actually was because I read about it on this site. The kids just sounded so stupid in their dialog and I thought every single character except Jennifer Lawrence’s were just cheesy as fuck. Maybe I’m just too old for it (I’m 32) but I’m surprised to read such a buzz about what seems like a kids franchise movie on a horror site.

    • Ultrazilla

      In what way is this a “kids franchise”? The movies are PG-13 and deal with very serious subjects. I also don’t understand the constant comparisons to Twilight, they have absolutely NOTHING in common. I’m 39, so you’re definitely not too old for it…it’s just apparently “not your thing.” 😉

      • CTHL

        Well come on, I think it’s pretty easy to compare the two. They’re both essentially the same young adult love triangle with a touch of a light horror/fantasy setting. I could go deeper, but do I have to?

        As for the movie… I didn’t see the big deal. It was fine, but nothing special. Nitpickingwise, I do agree with the corny acting complaint (I cringed everytime dreamy “other boy” had lines). I also found the camera work and lighting to be quite annoying, you couldn’t tell what the hell was goin on during action scenes (as agreed upon by the 7 people I went with). Overall the movie was just ok. Nothing great, just like the first one.

        Yet the Empire reference is justified (another overrated, but ok, movie to me)… this did have that darker more serious tone to it… similar thoughts crossed my mind. Not necessarily an endorsement though, just observation.

      • Milk

        I don’t think age really matters. Lots of 40 year old moms loved Twilight.

  • Auberon

    If this is what passes for this generation’s Empire, then I weep for this generation.

  • MachetAY

    So BD rips on The Walking Dead and gushes about THG (throws glitter). Is this still a horror site?

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