‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Trailer: A Dystopian Deep Dive

From the District 11 riot to Gale's whipping, we break down key moments from the teaser shown at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards.

“The
Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
lit up the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, as star Liam Hemsworth introduced the exclusive teaser trailer from the November 22 release. And at nearly two-and-a-half minutes, this first look is a cornucopia of dystopian drama — from a District 11 riot to Gale’s whipping. Let’s take a closer look at the key moments:


A Not-So-Victorious Tour
The trailer opens with the Victory Tour stop in District 11 first teased in our
sneak peek
: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are introduced by the mayor and ushered onto the Justice Building stage by mentor Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). And though we don’t hear Katniss’ rousing comments to Rue and Thresh’s families, we do see the tragic, unintended result, as a man in the crowd throws up Katniss’ three-finger salute, singling himself out for a bullet to the head. Haymitch tells Katniss to be a distraction, but she can’t help but be a spark.


Behind Enemy Lines
With its first-person perspective, Suzanne Collins’ novel offers deep insight into Katniss’ motivations, but less so into those of President Snow and his Capitol cronies. Thankfully, just as “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross expanded the view to include Gamemaker Seneca Crane’s lair, so too does director Francis Lawrence take us into the belly of the beast: namely, a meeting between Snow and new Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

“She’s not who they think she is,” Snow says of Katniss. “She just wants to save her skin, simple as that. She has become a beacon of hope for them. She has to be eliminated.”

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