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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: 8 Lessons From The Teaser Trailer
What we took from the first footage

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The forces of darkness are gathering

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Teaser Trailer

The trailer’s hooked around President Snow (Donald Sutherland) scheming behind the scenes with new right-hand-man and games-runner Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who replaces the executed Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley). The pair are trying to come up with a way to destroy Katniss: first resolving to attack her image, then deciding to kill her “in the right way, at the right time”. For these totalitarian wonks, that means they want to kill her in a second Games. For good measure Snow decides to target all the other winners to quash such defiance in future. This scene isn’t in the book as such, but illustrates what Katniss comes to realise as the story rolls on. “She has become a beacon of hope for them, so she has to be eliminated.” It's worth noting that Heavensbee is a complicated character in the books, so it's good to see someone as talented as Hoffman play him, while Sutherland's a sufficiently good actor to add genteel nuance to the thoroughly rotten President Snow.

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1 not a bad article, but...
This article mostly does good to represent what THG is about, but the people who actually need to know that are those who haven't read the books. Did you really have to spoil the Quarter Quell for them? Lionsgate have so far tried not to, but every online article sadly does. Also, the ending of the "love triangle" part is incorrect and misleading: "but in The Hunger Games Katniss herself is so much more concerned with staying alive than with either of the guys, which rather puts romantic dilemmas in perspective." You should have said that she's not concerned with ther, that she doesn't want romance, but it's certainly not true that she's not concerned about ]. I hate it when articles like these, in trying to show that Katniss is not Bella Swann, go to the other extreme and misrepresent her as some sort of a cold selfish survivalist, which is the complete opposite of what she is. If she's more concerned with her own survival than "either of the guys", why is she risking her life tMore

Posted by Ivana2804 on Thursday May 2, 2013, 17:48


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