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.
Treasury Department agent Elliot Ness is put in command of a task force charged with bringing down the mob in Prohibition Era Chicago, but his uniformed cops are in the pocket of famed gangster Al Capone and his raids are a constant failure. Looking to change the game, Ness and incorruptible Irish-American officer Jimmy Malone recruit a strike force directly from the police academy and launch a new campaign against Capone's men. Now the gutters will run red with the blood of mobsters and bootleg booze, but in the process the officers will discover their own families also have targets on their backs now.