What if you are sent to a battlefield along with 23 other people, represent your Districts, and you only have the choice to win the game and alive or being a dead meat? Kill everyone before they kill you? Hide somewhere until the game ends somehow? Waiting to be killed? Make an alliance with the strong tributes? Or gain sponsors’ attention in any ways possible so they can help you by sending something important which can save your life and possibly help you win this game?
Director: Gary Ross
Writers: Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games book writer), Billy Ray
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mistery & Suspense
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match. With Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), her District 12’s Tribute counterpart in the 74th Hunger Games, they will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
I guess I can’t tell you more about this film’s sneak peak since it will spoil the story. This movie is actually taken from the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy (The Hunger Games – Catching Fire – Mockingjay) and the writer also co-writing the movie. So, I hoped that the movie can be at least very close to the book.
If you have ever watched Battle Royale, you might be think that this story is a western version of Battle Royale, but actually it is not. In the movie, the fighting scenes are shown to be brutal, but not sadistic. It’s more like an ironic and dramatic. The brutality and the violence are beautifully pictured.
Or you might think this is another Twilight-like love triangle. No dear, they have different genre and theme. In fact, this movie is talking about how to survive in the worst situation; how the heroine is not giving up to the situation; stay alive for her family, even when the journey is not easy at all; friendships; hardships; hopes; loyalty; trust; and sacrifice. All in one package.
The director somehow can create the imaginations of Hunger Games in this movie come true: The depresing poverty in District 12 and other districts, the colorful citizens of The Capitol, the Hob, the Reaping, the train, the sophisticated buildings and technolgy, cornucopia, Rue’s death, the four-note song, and the characters. The actors and actresses also have done such a fabulous work in portraying their characters. All of them. But this film kind of missed some important details.
An adaptation of a famous books can be different from the readers’ expectations. As a fan of the books, I have a tiny bit of disappointments from the movie. First, it is the parade where they introduce each district’s tributes. It might be just me but the fire looks fake and it feels so awkward lol. Then, the story how Katniss got her mockingjay pin is very different, they didnt tell a lot about Katniss background that it kind of making confusions, Katniss and Peeta’s story when they were kids, and some more.
You might be a little confused if you are not reading the books. There might be a different perception of the story. I have had discussion with my friends who watch with me after the movie ended. Both of them haven’t read the books but they said it’s good, so don’t worry for you who haven’t read the books but want to watch it. But there were some misconception about the story after we discused. So I suggest you to read the books too, before or after you watch the movie.
This movie received such a great feedbacks in the premiere from the critics site like rottentomatoes.com (rated 86% fresh) or iMDB (rated 8.2/10). It gets a positive response from movie critics. It is a hugely awaited movie as I see.
In my home country, or prolly my hometown, I rarely heard people talk about this movie. So I didn’t expect it to be aired here any soon. But it is aired, thankfully. But when I went to the cinema, there is no queue like a usual big hit movies’ premiere. Even the studio was not full. But then I get a great experience when I watched it. The audience where like ‘aaaaahhh..’ and ‘oohhhh..’ of the romance scenes between Katniss and Peeta or feel bad for Gale, or even went “aaargh!” for the surprises in the movies. Or even giggles for the small jokes and disguise. I myself is satisfied with this movie. And I rate it 8.1/10.
Bottom line, you can learn a lot of morals from this movie. It’s worth to watch! Happy (watching) Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!