The Hunger Games (2012)

The Hunger Games (2012)

📅28 March 2012, 03:32

The Hunger Games (2012)
Directed By: Gary Ross

The Prologue
It can be easy to hate something on principal alone once it becomes overly commercial. Horror fans tend to be on the outside of the tracks anyway, so when they see something that is so polished and well accepted they naturally want to hate it. So The Hunger Games isn’t really the type of movie I figure readers of Zombies DON’T Run want to read about. But when the books written by Suzanne Collins hit such a main stream spark, the likes we haven’t seen since Twilight, due to a film being made based off it. Then I figure it’s worth at least checking out and giving it a fair day in court. so, my loyal readers, try not to hold it against me too much as we take a look at The Hunger Games.

The Movie
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Yes, on the surface we could say that this movie is a lot like Battle Royale. But Battle Royale did borrow some elements of The Running Man, which I’m sure had elements of something else in it as well. So let’s not get too involved with dwelling on that a whole lot. Let’s all agree that the plot is A LOT like Battle Royale, but at the same time it’s a lot more softer than that film. Sure, I hear the graphic violence is a lot stronger in the book, but here it’s more or less glanced over. Just like a lot of apparently important characters from the book are a glanced over. But naturally we get a lot of Katniss, Peeta, and even some of Woody Harrelson playing their mentor, Haymitch. Everyone else seems to hit their marks enough, but if you don’t know the books, don’t look to invest THAT much emotional attachment to them.

But inside the touch and go notions of the film, we do touch on a romance between Katiness and Peeta. As well as a possible love triangle between Katiness’ friend, Gale (Liam Hemsworth). Hey, this IS based on a book series that is directed at teens, we just gotta have that sorta thing ya know? I’m sure that will become a much bigger thing on down the road in this series, but it’s just hinted at ever so slightly here. All of this stuff does cause a bit of a give and take with the film. As a viewer, you are happy to see a faster pace and such a cool concept (be it done before) as kids running around offing one another. But emotion does seem to be lost here and there. As a result some stuff goes down at different times when I knew I was supposed to care a lot more than I did. Maybe that’s not the adaptation, that could be the fact I’m not 13, I’m not sure. But it was a slight problem.

I think leading lady Jennifer Lawrence did a fine job here. I wasn’t uplifted by her performance or anything like that, but she was cool for what she was doing here. As a matter of fact, nobody seemed to stink up the joint regardless of how much or how little screen time they got. We get a pretty good performance by Lenny Kravitz, if you can believe that. So, The Hunger Games is ever bit as polished as anything else that is really main stream and directed at teens. But it does try a little bit to be different. I’m not sure they get that job done, but the fact that the film is shockingly watchable says a whole hell of a lot.

The Conclusion
To sum everything up, I didn’t hate this movie. Nor was I blown away by it. I found it to be perfectly acceptable for what it is. It keeps a good pace and it has some tense moments. The transfer from book to movie does cause us to loose a lot of character development, which makes us not care so much about anyone besides just a few people. But if anyone wants to know, I do think it’s much better than Twilight.

The Rating (7/10)        

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