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Justin’s Movie Review of The Hunger Games from Alex’s Mixed Bag 31st March 2012

This week I saw The Hunger Games, which is an adaptation of the bestselling book by Suzanne Collins.

The Hunger games take place in a post apocalyptic American, which is now Called Panem, which consists of the Capital city called The Capitol and 12 surrounding districts. Now these surrounding districts are a lot poorer than the capital and every year, to punish the 12 districts for a failed uprising over 70 years ago, the capital makes each district draw out of a barrel, the name of a boy and a girl between 12 and 18 which are called tributes,  who will then fight to the death in a huge playing arena.

The main character is Katniss Averdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence who comes from one of the poorest districts; she volunteers to participate in place of her sister who was drawn.

Now the contestants get a makeover and paraded around for a week leading up to the event, before thrown into hectares of open terrain to fight to the death, all the while cameras are watching their every move and its being broadcast to everyone in Panem.

Now the premise remind me a little bit of “The running Man” and obviously has a real ancient gladiator vibe mixed in with modern day reality Tv concepts. It really touches on the whole manipulation of events to sway or convey public opinion, which happens a lot in various forms of reality TV.  The concept is also obviously confronting as the contestants are kids.

It has a fairly impressive casts, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Bank, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth and of Corse the King of Cool himself, Lenny Kravitz.

Jennifer Lawrence is obviously the star of the show as Katness who uses her hunting skills to get ahead in the competition against larger and stronger opponents. I haven’t seen her in much, but she did get nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 2010 film Winters Bone. And she is very good in this film.

The action element is quite good, and they manage to make 24 kids fighting to the death not too violent which would have been difficult to do, but they did have to keep that M rating. My only complaint is that the actual lead up seemed to be a lot longer than the battle.

The film goes for over 2 hours, but flows pretty well, so don’t worry too much about that, The story flows well, and the acting performance are solid, although not brilliant.

I would give it 4 out of 5 stars

Watch the Film Trailer Here

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