FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games

It’s now very clear after the success of the Harry Potter and Twilight saga, that film adaptations of books are clearly the in-thing.

Having said this, I went into the Hunger Games with more hope than expectation having not read any of the books in the series.

Luckily I was not disappointed. Borrowing ideas explored in The Running Man as well as a running theme of post-apocalypse and to a minor extent Nazism; the Hunger Games really does leave you clambering for more.

The story is set in a future America, which is now split into 12 regions; children between 12 and 18 years old are picked at random to compete yearly in competition known as The Hunger Games.

Out of the 24 (2 from each region) only one will survive. It seems on the surface pretty heavy-going, but the story is toned down for its 12A audience. One can only imagine an 18-rated version of the Hunger Games; which would be simply brutal.

Of the two from District 12, there is Katniss (brilliantly played by Jennifer Lawrence) who volunteers ahead of her younger sister who is initially chosen from the balot; and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who is madly in love with her.

Together along with mentor-turned-drunk Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), they must woo their TV audience; oh yes did I forget to mention the Hunger Games is a reality TV show hit too.

This adds further depth to the story with contestants having to gain sponsors who provide health hampers (which fall from the sky as if in a computer game), to stay alive in some cases.

It takes a while to get going, as we establish characters and this different world were in; but once the Hunger Games hits full stride you will be hooked.

After seeing this though I’m starving, Hunger Games 2 anyone?

 

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