by M. Polier
U.S.Release Date: March 23, 2012
DIRECTOR: GARY ROSS
- 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.
- 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.
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.”