The Hunger Games

by M. Polier

THE HUNGER GAMES/LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT

U.S.Release Date: March 23, 2012

DIRECTOR: GARY ROSS

STARRING: JENNIFER LAWRENCE, JOSH HUTCHERSON, LIAM HEMSWORTH, WOODY HARRELSONSTANLEY TUCCI

PROS

  • Crafted and executed flawlessly, with consummate performances; direction of action is made intimate using close close-ups; a very interesting choice since the action doubles as a reality show.
  • The story is really the star: the  proletariat, the ruling elite, the athletes, the weak, the strong, the entertainment class and the herd mentality of the youth – these groups come together in one great clash – and we are asked to view with our minds as well as our hearts.
  • The special effects are fantastic and seamless.

CONS

  • Hunger Games is about 24 kids in a fight to the death, so beware.
  • Fans of the book may not like the choices made, although the author was one of the screenwriters.  The film is two and a half hours long.
  • Is anyone tired of dreary post-apocalyptic future scenarios?  The story itself may be a turnoff to some.

FINAL VERDICT:  I loved it!  I immediately ordered all 3 books to my Kindle after the movie.  You might be able to tell I have not read the book, but I loved the movie.  Futuristic sci fi action drama that the whole family can enjoy and discuss. Violence.  Social injustice.  Victory of spirit.  Moral hearts prevail.  Sequel pending.

QUICK QUOTE!

Gale Hawthorne: “You root for your favorites, you cry when they get killed. It’s sick!”
Katniss Everdeen: “Yeah.”
Gale Hawthorne: “If no one watches, then they don’t have a game. It’s as simple as that.”

DAVE SAID, “That was entertaining, but it was no Avatar.”


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