- Title : The Hunger Games (2012)
- Director: Gary Ross
- Synopsis: — Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, televised to fight to the death. Each district requires one male and female to compete in a total of twenty-four serving as an entertainment to the Capitol. The brutal entertainment is aimed as a retribution for a past rebellion by the 13th district. A modern day version of the Greek gladiator. Only one winner was to be declared, but in the end, there were two.
- Review: — This film created quite the buzz even before I got the chance to read it. Just like other adventure type plots; the book is definitely better than the film. But if you’re going to ask me, I have yet read the material. This film portrayed how fear can be used to control/contain people. In the first part of the movie, It was really scary to see how afraid these “tributes” really are; especially if you were young. The instinct of survival of the fittest is forced not just on a physical level, but in a “social” aspect as well. To win the crowd is to gain sponsors. A really sickening way to abominate and terrorize the poor and struggling districts. The competitive energy is almost a cross between the show The Amazing Race and American idol. As for the characters, I had a really hard time believing the romantic bluff they tried to rub into the mix, maybe it was just the horrible acting of the co-star Peetah Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). I was not impressed. I would’ve liked to see more of Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), which is the true lover of Katniss. Also, there’s enough explosions and gore in the film that I really would’ve like to see the direct impact of some of the intended injury rather than trying to keep it all too much PG-13. The ending was okay. I suppose they kept it open ended by showing them both arriving at their district and being proclaimed as “heroes”. The President, Snow (Donald Sutherland) wasn’t very happy with the ending of the tournament either and we can tell that there’s more to follow.
Here’s a sneak peak to the sequel due to come out November 22nd 2013: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire