Fans ready for 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' premiere

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Nov. 20, 2013 at 5:20 a.m.

"Hunger Games" trilogy takes dead aim at theaters, and only one question remains - do you volunteer as tribute?

If this were an actual fight to the death to end your district's hunger, then likely, you'd keep your head down and mouth shut, but since it's a chance to see how Katniss Everdeen takes on the Capitol, I'm sure millions will volunteer to watch from this side of the silver screen.

Everywhere - including the Crossroads - is preparing for the "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which premieres Friday. Fans can catch it in an earlier showing with its prequel Thursday at 5 p.m.

Sarah Alex, an 18-year-old Victoria College student, has not read the books but really enjoyed "The Hunger Games," a film that left her starving for more.

"It had left me with so much suspense. I have to go watch it," she said.

Alex wouldn't call herself a super fan but said the movie's message really spoke to her, especially in one of the final scenes with Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence.

Her bold acts of defiance anger the Capitol's president and lead to a twist in the story's plot - one that's commended in the eyes of her peers yet punishable by the government.

But not everyone is as eager to watch the movie.

Briana Vega, 24, a Hastings Hardback Cafe barista, said she would be willing to wait a little bit longer for the movie.

Vega read the first book, "The Hunger Games," and half of "Catching Fire," which for some reason she put down and never finished, she said.

She felt the movie was too flashy and a watered-down version of the books. Still, she said she enjoyed the first movie.

And while Vega knows she could wait to watch the movie until after its release on DVD, chances are she'll end up going to watch it with her friends.

"I'm totally getting dragged out there. We'll probably even watch the double showing of one and two," she said, laughing.



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