The Hunger Games
Gary Ross directs the eagerly anticipated film where teenagers have to fight to the death in a futuristic game based on a book written by Suzanne Collins titled, The Hunger Games. Set in the near future, North America is divided into twelve industrial districts and one capital. Every year during the Reaping, a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen by lottery to fight to the death with only one survivor allowed. In poor District 12, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence is a crack shot with a bow and arrow and together with her friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) they illegally hunt deer to feed their families. When the 74th Reaping is held, Katniss volunteers to be the girl participant when her younger 14-year-old sister Primrose (Willow Shields) is picked in the lottery. To prepare for the games, a past winner named Haymite Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) who is now an alcoholic gives tips to Katniss and the other District 12 participant Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) on how to win the games. Because the games are televised the host Ceasar Flicker (Stanley Tucci) interviews all 24 participants and then follows their every move with hidden cameras during the games. (Talk about a reality television show) When the games begin, several kids are killed within minutes but Katniss uses her hunting skills to hide and survive third-degree burns, killer insects, a genetically engineered animal and the remaining participants that are still alive. Even though I’m a big science fiction fan I have to admit feeling a little skeptical going into this film. Within minutes of the beginning, the tension ramps up and for the next 2 hours and 20 minutes the audience is pulled into a compelling, fast paced, entertaining story. Jennifer Lawrence is absolutely fantastic in the lead role and the rest of the cast is solid to say the least. I’ve heard that the film stays true to the book and that may be because author Suzanne Collins wrote the screenplay herself. In my opinion, (which is the one that counts in this review) that was a brilliant idea. This kept the story from degrading, which has happened in so many films. Talking about other movies, this film is good because it’s an outstanding story and not because 250 million dollars was spent on special effects (which I can’t see anyway) that can be found in a recently released monstrosity. This movie is Suzanne Collins first book in the trilogy and I’m giving it an A rating.
This movie has been given a PG13rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.