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Mark Dujsik’s “THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE” Fails to Catch Fire

In response to Mark Dujsik’s 961‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Mark Reviews Movies

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There is great promise in “THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE” by Mark Dujsik. Sadly, it does not deliver on that promise.

There are the makings of a decent write-up here. The set-up the author provides is extensive and comprehensive; the level of detail vivid, even tangible. However, the mood never alters from the anticipatory one the audience will no doubt be unable to avoid feeling.

Thus, one is persuaded to press on, feeling the suspense building to what must be a sure climax. It is akin to rubbing two sticks together and finally seeing some smoke. The warmth is building gradually and the yellow flicker of a flame burst becoming more and more imminent. And then, the embers dull, the temperature cools and all the audience is left with are some useless twigs and a huge waste of time.

Dujsik has a talent for inciting intrigue and suspense in the softest way possible. Unfortunately, that soft touch undermines his ability to successfully deliver a satisfying “A-HA!” moment afterwards. It is this aspect, and only this aspect that prevents this from being the magnificent gem that it could be…. brilliant and satisfying as a warm fire.  Instead, it sputters and sparks, and ultimately fizzles out.    

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