#014 – The Hunger Games: Catching Unconditional Love

#014 – The Hunger Games: Catching Unconditional Love

On this episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast:


We are swept up in the blaze that is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the Hunger Games series of 3 (or 3.5 if you base the numbers on the movies). Starring “the girl on fire,” Katniss Everdeen, played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, this winter blockbuster improves on its predecessor in nearly every way. From direction, to acting, to plot development, this film takes the time to more deeply explore a lot of the themes that were not exceptionally developed in the first film– but they are right out front in this one.

Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games – a “Quarter Quell” competition that could change Panem forever. There is allegory galore and speculative allegory to boot. Pacifism vs visions of the Roman Empire, and the unconditional love of the boy next door and how it can change even the coldest hearts…


Download Episode 014 Here:
Reel World Theology #014 – The Hunger Games: Catching Unconditional Love


This weeks panel included Alan Hawkins and Erienne Jones.

Erienne Jones (@ErienneJones)
Fiction Finders

Alan Hawkins
Organizational Involvement:
Church of the Redeemer Greensboro
Anglican 1000


Podcast Notes and Links:

The Hunger Games on IMDB.com

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on IMDB.com

The Hunger Games on Rotten Tomatoes

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Rotten Tomatoes

The Hunger Games Trailer on YouTube

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer on YouTube

Writing ‘War Appropriate’ Stories for Kids at TIME

Can We learn Anything About Sacrifice From The Hunger Games at Think Christian

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review at Christianity Today

Finding Jesus in The Hunger Games at Haaretz

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review at Reel Spirituality

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review at JRForasteros

On Pop Theology Podcast on The Hunger Games at On Pop Theology

The Hunger Games: An Allegory of Christian Love at The Huffington Post


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