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.
How and why this was made is totally beyond me. The predicable plot would be enough to fill a 22 minute TV episode and nothing more. The other 80 minutes are made up by slow-motion shots and tedious ramblings that makes no or little sense at all.
Depp plays it safe, pulling out his confused look while stuttering out his lines. Jolie doesn't play it at all and just staggers around on high heels while looking surprised at what's going on. Throw in some strange supporting roles and the pointless mess is complete.