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April 16, 2013  | by: Jara Montez



Ladies: Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth
Guys: Jennifer Lawrence
Add those hotties together, do the hokey pokey, turn yourself about and what to you get?
The Catching Fire trailer! It’s about time the District 12 void in our hearts be filled.

Too bad you have to wait a long, cold seven months.  Ah, Panem, such a tease you are!
Hemsworth took time out of his busy schedule of being the sexiest Australian alive to premiere the trailer for the second installment last night at the MTV Movie Awards.
President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland (aka Jack Bauer’s dad) narrates the majority of the trailer with his rather grim monologue centering around Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Katniss.

Perhaps the most disturbing line being,

she has to be eliminated

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensbee adds his two cents, agreeing that she must die.

Gotta love these tag-team elimination plots!
So what’s all that interesting in these two and half minutes of preview? Besides of course the fact that we are provided with even more proof that Effie and Nicki Minaj are in fact modern day Hallie and Annie Parker?

The uncomfortable, dark feeling that is inherent in the series is finally highlighted: kids killing kids for the enjoyment of the upper crust.
We hear Sutherland and Hoffman, in the most cavalier way possible, discussing the nature of the games, while we watch citizens getting beat, or killed by the authorities (GALE. NO. MY EMOTIONS).The juxtaposition of the well of and
the masses is displayed ever so clearly.

So yes, while the cast is mighty attractive (is it just me, or does Hutcherson look twenty times better?!), we’ve got to see past the surface.After all, it’s been said that the Hunger Games series is in fact written for kids, but the message is far beyond the scope of adolescents.

Are you taking the movie at face value? Or necessary social commentary?


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