The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
A Department of Justice oversight agent sent to investigate the Pre-Crime Division for abuse of power complaints. A dogged investigator until the end.
Danny Witwer: He's Like Some Sort of Non-Giving Up... Police Guy.
Danny Witwer is hard-nosed investigator for the Office of the United States Attorney General. His assignment is to probe the Department of Justice's Pre-Crime Division for abuse of power. He is to find "flaws" with the program. Witwer expressed a severe skepticism in the effectiveness and legality of a future predicting organization. In essence, he is to hit the Division as hard as possible and see what falls. As a former homicide detective, Witwer knows how to read evidence. He may or may not like where the trail of evidence from Pre-Crime leads.
Danny Witwer is assigned to investigate Pre-Crime directly by the United States Attorney General. This high risk albeit necessary assignment is due to his get-things-done attitude. He immediately starts poking around the internal working of Pre-Crime to the dismay of Chief John Anderton. He examines the psychic Precogs, he examines investigative practices, and he investigates accountability -- of which there is none. He is displeased with the organization. Witwer suspects nothing can be so perfect and begins looking for problems.
Witwer Asks Anderton, "Hello, How are You Today?"
A big problem presents itself when the Precogs identify Chief John Anderton as the future murderer of a man named Leo Crow. Anderton runs as everyone does. Witwer pursues with the rest of the Pre-Crime agents, but Anderton loses them. Witwer, although not officially assigned to track Anderton, takes over the case anyway. He questions Anderton's longtime friend and project director Lamar Burgess. Witwer identifies that Burgess is covering for Anderton, but Witwer is not sure in what way. He begins investigating Burgess.
"Do You Know How Many Orgies I Had as a Homicide Cop?"
Witwer gets a big lead after Anderton apparently kills Crow. This event should conclude the case as to whether Pre-Crime works, but Witwer does not believe it. At the crime scene, he examines the evidence and realizes that it does not fit. It is too perfect. He believes Anderton is set up. Witwer returns to Burgess and an early case of Pre-Crime's.
Witwer is Shot in the Heart.
Witwer analyzes the murder of Anne Lively. Using detective work and deductive reasoning, he discovers that the attempted murder of Anne Lively was staged. He confronts Burgess with this evidence. He shows how the Precogs can be fooled into predicting a murder in a certain way, triggering the arrest of a man hired to dress like the murderer and be at the wrong place at the wrong time, and then the murderer gets away with disappearing a person. Witwer knows that Burgess is the murderer of Ane Lively. Lamar Burgess applauds Witwer's logic, but he points out one thing. Anderton kidnaps the lead Precog Agatha, breaking the system. Therefore, no one can predict murders -- such as the murder of a Department of Justice agent who knows too much. Lamar Burgess shoots and kills Danny Witwer.
Personality and Traits
Witwer Doubts Everything.
Danny Witwer is a no-nonsense cop who expects the Universe to make sense. If there is a thread loose, he pulls it. If there is a solution too simple, he looks for a more difficult one. Witwer wants the truth at any cost. It is this determination that impresses the Attorney General enough to appoint him the head of a one man task force that investigates the Pre-Crime Division. Witwer exhibits a high degree of skepticism implied in being a detective. He knows that things are never what they seem. Despite his hard logic, he is also superstitious. He keeps a medallion to Saint Michael that he kisses for good luck. Although, he is oddly trusting of elderly men with deep voices that he suspects of murder.