Monday, March 26, 2012

Movie Review: The Hunger Games - PG13

Warning: possible spoilers.

It is the time of the Reaping, and Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her younger sister in the Hunger Games, a competition in which each District sends one man and one woman to compete in a competition to the death where the winner's District gets plenty of food to eat.  Peeta, a man from Katniss' past, is the other entrant from her District. They are both being trained by Haymitch Abernathy,  but are they partners?

The idea of young people competing to the death for for food for their District is bad enough, but the "games" have become both entertainment and sport. There are video cameras all over the place, and everyone is watching. It is treated as reality TV.

There is an announcement made midway  through which changes the nature  of the Games.

Although it is every person for themselves, there are a couple scenes where a contestant helps another for varying reasons.

The acting was tremendous: you could see the apprehension and trepidation in the contestants faces.

Content warnings include some violence.  You obviously see some people die in the contest, but what I also found disturbing were two scenes with a closeup of a wound.
I hadn't read the book before the movie as I usually do, but I read online that the movie is pretty faithful to the book.

To be honest, I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.


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