IMHO, Jennifer Lawrence performance was Oscar worthy. She and the rest of a excellent cast raised the movie from being just a dystopian action flick to a film with heart and a message.
And what is the message? Like 1984, Catching Fire was not merely about keeping the proles in line under the lash of the whip or threat of starvation, but to break and re-make them to love the State! That was the true horror that Peeta and Katniss had to endure, was losing their personalty to become mindless pawns for the state. Capitol city's sick ideology was a secular religion, a bright shining lie repeated over and over again to brainwash the mind and scour the soul of individuality.
Conscience does not exist if not exercised
"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
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