Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review: Hunger Games (Movie)

I arrived at the theater this (Saturday) morning for the first showing and viewed the heavily acclaimed feature film, "The Hunger Games". 

About the Film - based on the best-selling novel.

The nation of Panem has risen out of the ruins of what was once known as North America. Due to an unsuccessful uprising by the districts of Panem, a raffle (known as the "reaping") is held to choose one boy and one girl (ranging from ages 12–18) from each of the twelve remaining districts to participate in the Hunger Games, a competition in which each contestant (known as the "tributes") battles to the death until only one is left. The winner or victor receives fame and fortune. The Hunger Games are a yearly reminder to the 12 districts of the Capitol's authority and punishment for their rebellion over 70 years ago.

In the poverty-stricken District 12, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen cares for her mother and her sister, Primrose.  Each year, since the age of 12, Katniss' name has been placed in the reaping more than once. In return for taking this extra annual risk, she receives extra grain and oil for her family. In addition, Katniss has been illegally hunting for food outside the boundary fences of District 12.


Essentially it's a movie about hunting and being hunted and it's well done. I recommend that you see the movie. The plot steadily (if a bit predictably) advances to its conclusion.  Teenagers would enjoy the movie as well as adults. 


If you're a big fan of the mainstream media or government, you may be offended by the way that they are portrayed. If you feel that the mainstream media is less than it should be, you may feel that the movie does them justice - served cold. 


Race Bannon said...

I heard that Collins wrote it as a sort of protest to the Iraq War?

LL said...

I saw it as more of a protest to decadent Washington DC by the people in what Obama referred to as "Fly-Over Country". The mainstream media are perfectly portrayed.

Xmichra said...

I wasn't a fan of the books, but i'll likely see the movies just to see them. I think I am one of the only people alive who didn't like the books... I found them very predictable and borring - but have heard the movies are as lackluster.

LL said...

The books, told in first person, don't offer the depth that the movie does. Xmichra, it's not high art, but it's an entertaining film. It doesn't rise to the level of the hype, but I think that it was worth seeing.

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