The second installment in the quartet of movies based on the bestselling Young Adult novel trilogy by Suzanne Collins picks up where the last left off, embarking on a propaganda tour for the Capital before leading into another round of televised survival. The 75th Hunger Games are special because it's a Quarter Quell, an all-star competition consisting only of Tributes who have, in the past, triumphed and survived their Hunger Games. As political dissent in Panem grows ever-louder, President Snow aims to cut down Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant symbol of this nascent rebellion. So even as she's forced to once again fight for her life, Katniss must also remember who her real enemy is.
We've previously seen two official clips featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. One found her back at home, conversing with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). The other depicts a tense offstage moment between Everdeen, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson).
This latest clip shows off Katniss's skill with a bow, but also gives a sense of the brutality of her fellow veteran Tributes played by the likes of Jena Malone and Alan Ritchson.
Reviews have been flooding online over the last day or so, and so far they're damn near unanimous in their praise for the sequel. Based on these enthusiastic reviews, it seems that director Francis Lawrence has built upon the foundation laid by Gary Ross, amping up the spectacle, the subversion, and the contemporary relevance of the political allegory.
Speaking of which, a promotional tie-in with fast food behemoth Subway has resulted in some through-the-looking-glass unintentional satire. This Subway commercial takes a text about rising up against political and cultural oppression – a text in which starving citizens are kept distracted by bombastic, inhuman spectacle – and sees it as a platform to pimp "fiery footlongs, a revolution in bold taste."
Moving along, the official soundtrack album for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to go on sale next week on November 19th, aurally paving the way for the film on Friday, November 22nd. The soundtrack, which features The National, Santigold, Lorde, Patti Smith, and Coldplay, can now be streamed online for free, though. Follow this link to iTunes to give it a listen.