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Review: The Hunger Games (2012)

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I never really payed much attention to the hype surrounding the Hunger Games upon its release. I’d never read the books, and I wasn’t prepared to go in on what I thought was the next Twilight series. Then everyone I knew was talking it up. Then everyone I knew saw it and came back glowing. Then I had to see it.

If you’re like me, and had no knowledge of The Hunger Games, read on. If you can know what a tracker jacker is, you can probably skip this paragraph. The Hunger Games is the first part of a trilogy based off the book series by Suzanne Collins. In this dystopian future, the country of Panem and its 12 districts is ordered to send two children (one boy one girl) between the ages of 12-18 to the Capitol each year as tribute. The tributes then fight to the death on live tv and the winner is showered with prizes and wins food for his or her district. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), from the coal mining district 12 has hardly any chance of victory, but her volunteering after her sister was selected has grabbed the attention of the world. Now Katniss, and her District mate, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are trying to outlive each other and the rest of the contestants as the world watches on.

The Hunger Games starts off feeling a lot like 1984 or THX1138. Very futuristic, but old in the same way. The whole premise might seem far fetched but the acting makes you suspend your critical thinking enough that you forget. I’ve already seen what Lawrence can do in the woods in Winters Bone, and she is just as good when acting for a bunch of teenagers. The rest of the cast isn’t memorable, but solid nonetheless. What the film is able to do is make you anticipate the Games. The whole first half I was just constantly looking forward to the Games. And when they do start, the film isn’t afraid to make it a violent PG-13. Right away we realize how sick this game just is, and start rooting against the game master. The Hunger Games brings you into its world and doesn’t let you leave.

My Rating: B+

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