Jennifer Lawrence’s “Causeway”: A New Look at the Hunger Games

Review: The dam never breaks in emotionally dry Jennifer Lawrence drama ‘Causeway’

Causeway marks the third collaboration for Lawrence, following The Hunger Games’ Katniss and Tomb Raider’s Lara.

While her work is often at its most raw and vulnerable, Hollywood takes chances on Lawrence’s career, including her leading role in the Hunger Games film franchise, and her role in the film adaptation of Hunger Games’ first quarter.

Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” during 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, 14th February, 2013. (Photo by Justin Kernoghan/WireImage)

But Causeway might have been the first time Hollywood stepped out of that realm, for Lawrence was able to show that she can hold her own in any situation, and that she is a capable actress.

Causing a rift between her and the director, the project was supposed to be her first major project since leaving her role as the lead in Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. There it was a chance for her to show her range and, perhaps, find a new home for her career, after the success of Hunger Games franchise. But the project did not end up working out and was shut down.

But with Causeway, she’s back to the start. And she shows that she is still capable of playing a strong and independent woman. Despite a rocky beginning, this movie has its moments, and the final hour feels strong.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. (Photo courtesy Universal Pictures)

Causeway is the first proper film role for Lawrence that took place between the Hunger Games trilogy, following her exit from both while filming in New Mexico.

At first, we see Lawrence as the only girl on a group of 12 boys, with Katniss as the leader of the rebellion in the first Hunger Games movie and then, at the end of the second movie, she takes the lead on Catching Fire after the rebellion ends.

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