On Saturday night, my 14-year-old daughter took me to the opening night of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the Hunger Games series. We’ve been waiting with anticipation for the new release. Apparently, so had most of the other people in my town, as the theatre was packed over an hour before the beginning of the previews. As the lights went down, and the screen lit up, the movie began right where the last one left off. If you haven’t seen the first one, I highly recommend you do so before buying your ticket for Catching Fire. And while most in the audience were no doubt there for the escape from reality, I have a different perspective on the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are an eerily close, albeit exaggerated, reflection of our current political reality. Read my take on how the movie echoes what’s going on in the world here.