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The Hunger Games Based on the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who volunteers to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses. In the future, North America is no more. In its place has risen Panem, a divided nation split into 12 districts. Every year, each district selects a teen of each gender (called "Tributes") to test their worth in a competition known as the Hunger Games, which are broadcast across the nation as entertainment, and to reinforce the government's total power. When her younger sister is selected as District 12's latest "Tribute," Katniss volunteers to take her place, and trains under hard-drinking former Hunger Games champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) to sharpen her killer instincts. Now in order to survive the game and emerge the victor, this young combatant must put all of her skills to the ultimate test. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Posted by: Treydle from: Saratoga Springs, NY on
Surrounding the capital city of a nation in ruins, are twelve separate districts that are all over-populated by desperate residents. How do you pacify such angry citizens? Simple: Reality television. No, not Jersey Shore, something much worse. Or better, depending on how you look at it.
Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence of Winter’s Bone and X -Men: First Class) is a skilled tracker, hunter, and survivalist who lives in the impoverished District 12 where most earn their living in the mines. Her mother (played by Paula Malcolmson) has been struggling since her husband died, leaving her to raise Katniss and her sister Prim by herself. Katniss (Lawrence) is sixteen and a close friend of Gale Hawthorne (played by Liam Hemsworth) who dreams of running away. Every year, each of the twelve districts randomly selects two children (one boy and one girl) or “tributes” no younger than 12 and no older than 18 and Gale (Hemsworth) believes he’s dodged the bullet as long as he can. Still, when the tributes are selected, Gale is spared and so is Katniss. But when Prim (Katniss’s sister) is chosen. Katniss volunteers to take her place. Making her and Peeta Melark, (a baker’s son portrayed by Jess Hutcherson of Bridge to Terabithia and Journey to the Center of the Earth) the candidates for the 74th annual, winner-take-all, death match known as The Hunger Games. Held in the Capital, The Hunger Games are broadcast live to the entire nation. Each participant is trained, sponsored, and ranked and then locked in a massive, futuristic Coliseum with remote control hazards, predators, and cameras hidden throughout.
Now, this was a much-anticipated film. I was greatly intrigued by the trailers, but Twilight was also much-anticipated and no matter how much love it gets from the audience, I haven’t even been able to sit through the first installment. Then, I saw the generally positive response from critics and took it upon myself to see this highly entertaining, dramatic effort and I urge those patrons out there who haven’t seen it to do so at there earliest possible convenience. This is a great film.
44 out of 55 found this review helpful.
Great Movie, but Subtitle Glitches
Posted by: PsychoBabe from: Birmingham, AL on
I saw this movie twice in the theater with my son. We absolutely loved it! So, we went and purchased it today (the first day it came out on DVD.) However, I'm really upset that we purchased a brand-new movie that has glitches with the subtitles popping up out of nowhere towards the end. I was wondering if anyone else was experiencing this same problem???
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great movie and book.
Posted by: Chuck21 from: Miami on
"Hunger Games" is certainly a very successful adaptation of an excellent book. The Hunger Games is not only the perfect movie for fans of the book, but is also a most wonderful movie for those who haven't read the book.
Yes, the book is better, but the movie stays true to the story, the cast is wonderful, the parts are played as they should, and everyone has good chemistry. The Capitol, District 12, and the arena come right off the pages, and the costumes are just what I imagined. The score is also very good.
If you have not seen this movie then i recommend you do. I would absolutely recommend this to Hunger Games fans.
22 out of 34 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Chelita823 from: Garden Grove, CA on
It was action packed and very entertaining! The special effects were awesome!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Avoid this version
Posted by: posters5 from: Allen, TX on
This movie was originally released with a second disc. All of the Extras were on the second disc. This new Steelbook only has the movie disc, so you don't get any Extras at all.
23 out of 37 found this review helpful.
Was nowhere near as good as I'd hoped!
Posted by: 1Allan1 from: on
I was hoping to be entertained and on the edge of my seat...disn't happen! Disappointed.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: khgtu55 from: akron,ohio on
I loved this movie! The movie is very long but keeps your interest!! Begining starts out slow and is a little hard to follow along without reading the books.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great book, not great movie adaptation
Posted by: IanD24 from: Chester, WV on
I read all three books and could not put them down. They were captivating. The way the characters and relationships were developed and the method by which the scenes and situations were described were spectacular in the book. This is NOT true in the movie. Even though it had to be compressed for length, even 2+ hours of movie doesn't do the book justice. It felt rushed. Several key details and characters were either left out completely or were portrayed very underwhelmingly. The plot was nowhere near as good as it was in the book. I know there needs to be some cinematic license taken to differentiate the two, but this was not done properly. Acting performances were questionable at best, although there were some bright spots.
If you've read the books and have not seen this movie, you WILL be disappointed. If you've not read the books, you will likely enjoy this movie. It is not for young children. There are certainly some situations that could be questionable for anyone under the age of 10-12 or so. However, overall, the movie was worth watching although I was disappointed. I'm glad I have it in my collection. There is great potential for the other installments to be much better. All I can hope is that the overall production budget is larger for the second movie and that they do a better job of setting up the final, and most important, installment of the Hunger Games series - Mockingjay.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: mov1eLuver from: Slidell, LA on
A movie that everyone can relate to. Jennifer Lawerence does an amazing job.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
THE future Of The Rich
Posted by: KenWB from: Woodbridge , NJ on
It Seems like this movie could really happen in about Ten Years From Now.