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TRIBUTES: In Catching Fire, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) continue to resist the power of the Capitol.© 2013 LIONSGATE ENTERTAINMENT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Capitol spectacle

At the beginning of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film based on Suzanne Collins’s novels, Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is relieved that she has made it out of the Hunger Games alive, along with her friend Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcher­son). Every year the ruling power known as the Capitol organizes a televised contest in which children—two selected from each of the Capitol’s 12 districts—are required to fight to the death.

Katniss’s relief makes it all the more crushing when the Capitol—uneasy because Katniss has become a beacon of hope—announces that the “tributes” fighting in the next round will be drawn from past victors. Since Katniss is the only female victor in the history of her district, there’s no doubt that she’ll be sent back into the arena.


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