‘Catching Fire’ Teaser Trailer: The 11 Best Moments

Not Quite the Reaping
Not Quite the Reaping
The trailer opens with a surprisingly evocative callback to the original Hunger Games. It's easy to picture Effie (Elizabeth Banks) strutting out of the double doors to announce the names of the newest Hunger Games tributes. But nope, this time Effie emerges with Katniss and Peeta, part of their victory lap post-Hunger Games. They're seen here in District 11, home of the fallen little girl warrior, Rue.
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Victory Tour
Victory Tour
Chalk it up to Lawrence's Oscar win, but in a swift two-shot of the franchise's two young leads, there's an aura of maturity. It works for the story: Katniss and Peeta just fought their way through a freakin' death match and realize all hell is breaking loose. They're standing in front of people who witnessed an adorable, 12-year-old tribute be impaled by a spear who now think of them as heroes. The pressure is building and, in this moment, Lawrence and Hutcherson are radiating with terror.
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Must-See TV
Must-See TV
Cut to President Snow (Donald Sutherland), beyond peeved that his perfectly structured, totalitarian government is beginning to crack. Maybe it's just me, but every time I see Sutherland in a Hunger Games scene, I flashback to the extraterrestrial (ane existential) horrors of the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers starring the actor. Call it emotional baggage, but it fills Sutherland's every line with an added layer of dread. Eliminate a sweet girl like Katniss?? You monster.
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Funny Name, Evil Agenda
Funny Name, Evil Agenda
Then there's Plutarch Heavensbee, played to slimy perfection by Philip Seymour Hoffman. We've seen Hoffman play a villain before in Mission: Impossible III, and again his Plutarch is hushed, pointed, and diabolical. "I agree she has to die," he mutters. "But we don't have to destroy her — just her image." His name — a thinly veiled riff on "plutocracy" — isn't the most subtle element of Hunger Games. The character may still be in Hoffman's hands.
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A Staple of a Good Revolution
A Staple of a Good Revolution
I don't know how anyone in Panem can afford paint when they have to put food on the table, but the graffitied twist on Hunger Games' classic line is particularly striking. Unlike the first film, this movie has its roots firmly planted "dystopian cinema." 1984, Escape from New York, heck, today's local news. As the trailer showcases later, the clash in Catching Fire isn't far off from the actions of Egyptian protests or the Occupy movement.
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New Threads
New Threads
Fashion is a huge component of the Hunger Games world, so let's take a moment to bask in the wonders of Katniss, Peeta, and Effie's latest Capitol getups.
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Everyone's Favorite Talk Show Host
Everyone's Favorite Talk Show Host
The greatest Hunger Games character of them all, Stanley Tucci's Caesar Flickerman, get his moment in the sun. "There she is, Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire!" While he's only seen spurting praise in this first spot, Caesar ends up once again playing a huge part in the story, provoking Peeta to make some rather blunt romantic moves….
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Occupy Panem
Occupy Panem
Clashing with the glamour of The Capitol is the violence raging concurrently in the Districts. Director Francis Lawrence draws heavily from today's anti-authoritarian imagery, prompting me to wonder: is there a Banksy or Shepard Fairey of the Hunger Games-verse? To note: Lawrence's design for the police force closely resembles another post-apocalyptic look at the world, George Lucas' THX-1138.
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A Different Kind of Hunger Games
A Different Kind of Hunger Games
Despite all the lovey-dovey tactics Peeta employed during the Hunger Games, Gale still has the hots for Katniss and isn't afraid to show it. Catching Fire may refer to the brewing revolution, but it's also a fairly apt description of the Gale/Katniss romance. At least on Gale's side of the relationship.
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Whip It Good
Whip It Good
In one of the book's most shocking moments, Katniss enters the District 12 square to find Gale being flogged by an unknown Captiol employee (who we eventually learn is Mr. Super Not Nice Guy, Romulus Thread). Inspiring the people to rebel against President Snow is a big no-no, which Gale learns through repeated lashes. Katniss steps in to save him, but she doesn't come out unscathed either.
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Just the Beginning
Just the Beginning
It eventually takes all of District 12's winners to convince Thread he shouldn't beat Gale to death, but it's a moment in the trailer that echoes with other plans. Every Hunger Games winner is in the crosshairs of Snow and Heavensbee. The duo's final line is chilling. "Her entire species must be eradicated." "Her species" being all of the victors. It's going to be all out war by the time the credits roll on Catching Fire.
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