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Bob Bloom’s “Action Packed” Is Far From It

In response to Bob Bloom’s 407‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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Bob Bloom’s “Bloom: Political intrigue at center of action-packed ‘Catching Fire’” bears all the hallmarks fans and detractors alike have come to expect from a Bloom piece: dry, workmanlike sentences, to-the-point critiques, and lighter than light premises.

If varied syntax makes you break out in hives and colorful descriptions raise your blood pressure, Bloom’s work is your panacea. He’s got a fondness for declarative sentences the likes of which the world has never seen. His every composition does the bare minimum; there a subject, a verb, and little else. There is a healthy and varied vocabulary on display here, which makes the lack of variety in the sentence structure all the more puzzling.

Some readers may enjoy this vanilla style (namely, those who have Kenny G’s discography on their Zunes), but for most, this repetitive, parched approach will get tedious.

Bloom does offer a fair amount of critique, but it’s only of the surface variety. “Many characters are thinly portrayed, and some plot points are rather dubious,” but “director Francis Lawrence keeps the film moving” so that the movie’s shortcomings don’t “pop into your mind until the film ends.”

All things considered, Action Packed offers some decent drive thru critique, but it’s far too dull to recommend.    

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