Movie Review: The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games (2012)

PG_13 142 min  -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -   23 March 2012 (Canada)

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 6,535 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 231 user | 76 critic | 43 from Metacritic.com

Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.

Initial Thoughts:

I’ll free admit that I’ve never read The HungervGames or any of the other books Suzanne Collins but the previews looked got and by Friday it had already gotten some good reviews so we went (plus Lenny Kravitz was in it, he rules Smile).

Main Points:

Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, a young, tough, skilled woman who lives in district 12 along with her mom, sister and one close friend. Life is hard for this district and Katniss must hunt for food secretly to feed her family and avoid more entries into the annual hunger games.

This is a sci-fi/dystopian type future setting where most of the known world (it can be assumed at least most of the USA if not Canada) works very hard, lives in near poverty to provide luxury and pleasure to those wealthy/fortunate few who live in the Capitol.

Obviously Collins is making a commentary on both the messed up way food is distributed on the planet (there is enough food produced in North America alone to feed the whole world) and our unhealthy obsession with reality TV and violence (I think people would watch a show where people actually killed each other, it would be essential just like the Roman times but in the comfort of your own home Winking smile).

 The fact that the Hunger Games acts a reminder of war and treachery is only a convenient excuse for the wealthy and powerful to reveal in the blood, spectacle and death that the games bring. But enough about what I feel the movie means, returning to the plot.

So Katniss volunters when her young sister is chosen (so as to take her place) and is soon whisked off to the Capitol to prepare for the games. On the way there with Peeta (played by Josh Hutcherson) they meet up with a former champion Haymitch (played by Woody Harrelson).

Preparations are thorough and include survival training, weapons and oddly enough how to be likable and stand out in a crowd (I’m not going into every aspect of the movie but it does all make sense).

Things are a little slow during the preparations but once the games start there is plenty of action and suspence.

Also worth mentioning are some fine performance by Lenny as Cinna, Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Elizabeth Banks as Effie.

For a PG-13 movie I was surprised at some adult ideas and a few disturbing scenes. Basically you have kids and young adults brutally killing each to be the winner and some gore as Katniss and Peeta suffer fairly serious wounds.

SPOILER ALERT!

I really didn’t see this as a surprise but I suppose anything is possible. Katniss and Peeta don’t die, in fact through a clever ploy by Katniss they are both declared winners in the end.

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed this movie but I found it had some serious issues. It was very obvious that Katniss and Peeta were the “good guys” and I knew they wouldn’t die pretty early on, after all if they did how could there be another two movies? Also I thought the whole “star crossed lovers” and “love triangle” between Katniss, Peeta and Gale (played by Liam Hemsworth) has been so often that I’m just a little tired of it. Is a requirement for super-successful YA type books to have this? It was in Twilight, Harry Potter and this movie as well.

With all that said this was a good movie and I would recommend it Thumbs up. It is a very interesting concept for a world along with some well-developed characters and creepy villains. I am already looking forward to seeing what happens next. I will certainly see the next movie (where without the games, I assume, there will hopefully be more surprises) and I give it a strong 7/10.Vampire bat

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2 Comments

  1. Sounds like another winner, thanks for the preview Charles!

    Pat, Penumbra Publishing

    • Hi Pat 🙂 you’re welcome thanks for the comment. I enjoyed it, really it deserves a 7.5, very interesting world. I’m glad you enjoyed my review =)


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