Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Catching Fire: Reaction Paper

Ramona Leyretana
I was eager to watch the second instalment of The Hunger Games movie franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, not only because we were required to watch it for STS but also because I really liked the books from which the movies were adapted from.
The novel itself boasted of complex scientific and technological advancements that were used in Panem (the state/country containing the 13 districts and the capitol) that was translated into film. From the very fast trains Peeta and Katniss rode on their victory tour as winners of the previous year's Hunger Games to the training tools and equipment they used to prepare themselves for the Quarter Quell, it seemed that much “technology” contained in the film, although at this point in human existence only fictitious products of the author’s imagination, has the potential to become a possibility in the future with the help of continuing research and experimentation in science and technology. This aspect of the film leads me to the conclusion that the film is of the Science Fiction genre.
On the other hand, I think that the film is a commentary on the inept nature of human society, how society when fed up with the greed of the few will reinvent itself for the betterment of the masses: No one stays in power for long. As history can attest, all empires, no matter how strong or big they are, must fall at one point or another as seen by the decline of the great empires of Rome, Persia and Egypt. In the film, we only just saw the beginning of the end for the Capitol and President Snow and having read the books already, I can not wait for the third movie to come out for us to see the cycle of reinvention of the human society.

            In my opinion, science and technology failed in the world of the 13 districts for only a few got to reap the benefits from using it. All the 13 districts had very little contact with the advanced technology that could have made their lives more comfortable, and instead the Capitol used this advanced science and technology to further make the lives of the masses more difficult. What could have been used for the betterment of everyone was used greedily by only the few. Thus science and technology did not play its part well­­­­: in making everyone’s life, from District 13 to the Capitol, much more easier to live in, in the world of The Hunger Games.

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