"Hunger Games" sequel wows fans

Attiana Dunn
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It's expected to be the biggest movie hit this year. "The Hunger Games – Catching Fire" opened across the U.S. overnight, including showings in Indianapolis. 

Actress Jennifer Lawrence is back, reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen, champion of the future-world fight to the death known as the Hunger Games.  

Several people who spoke to Eyewitness News leaving the theatre at Castleton thought the movie exceeded their expectations.

"There's so much action," said Attiana Dunn. "It keeps you on the edge of your seat – like, the WHOLE time."

"I think it's a lot more intense," said Tanaya Tatum, who compared last night's sequel with the first "Hunger Games" movie.

"I thought it was really true to the book," said Monica Bayless. "I didn't really care for the second book – it was not my favorite. But I really loved the movie."

Bayless said people who didn't see the first movie can pick up the story line in "Catching Fire," but she recommended seeing the first movie or reading the book before seeing this one.  "I'm really pumped to see the third one."

Dunn lamented, "I have to wait a whole ‘nother year and a half until the next movie comes out."

The third and fourth installments of the "Hunger Games" series, based on novels by Suzanne Collins, split her third novel, "Mockingjay" into two feature-length parts – "Mockingjay-Part 1" and "Mockingjay-Part 2."

The first "Mockingjay" is tentatively set for release next November, with Part 2 coming in November, 2015.