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August 23, 2014

Movie Review: The Hunger Games


Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland

Directed by: Gary Ross

BLURB: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she’s pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


REVIEW: The Hunger Games is based on the first book of the best selling trilogy of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It is a mixture of many genres really - action, adventure, drama, sci-fi, and yes even with a little bit of romance thrown in to the mix. 

The world as we know it ended many years ago and in it's place is now a post war dystopia nation known as Panem. The dictatorial government known as the "Capitol" rules with an iron fist over the very distinct 12 districts of people that make up the country. Life in the Capitol is very different than that of the districts, as capitol citizens enjoy an abundance of food and luxuries that most of those of the poverty stricken districts can only dream about. 

Each year as a punishment and to help keep their power over the districts the Capital holds a "reaping" or lottery where each of the 12 districts must offer up two "tributes"- one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to take part in what is known as "The Hunger Games". The games are a mandatory televised event (and watching is mandatory for every citizen as well) where 24 tributes have to survive and ultimately battle to the death until there is only one survivor left who becomes the sole "Victor" of the games.

The movie takes place during the 74th Hunger Games and the main character Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to be the female tribute in the place of her younger sister Primrose who is selected during the reaping. Katniss is older and stronger and knows that she has a much better chance at survival than does her little sister.

The other tribute the male from her district is Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). Before they are chosen as tributes Katniss and Peeta had only meet and interacted once before. (Though not totally explained during the movie it is shown very briefly that..) Peeta five years before the reaping deliberately burned two loaves of bread (which he took a beating for doing from his mother) and gave them to feed a then starving Katniss. Katniss always remembered and felt indebted to him after that for his kindness, but she never got up the courage to actually thank him personally. It is hinted of in the movie but not really flushed out... but it is explained in the books that Peeta has actually had a secret crush on Katniss since the age of 5.

Katniss and Peeta are whisked away from their world of poverty to the opulent world that is the Capitol where they will train and then take their place in the games. They are accompanied by their chaperon or spokes person from the Capital - Effie Trinket (an almost unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks. I was truly floored when I found out it was her as I had no clue the first time I saw it before I saw her name on the credits). And their mentor Haymitch Abernathy played by Woody Harrelson. As a mentor and as a past winner of a previous Hunger Game it is Haymitch's job to get Katniss and Peeta ready for the games by teaching them all the things they need to know. How to obtain sponsers - who can send them lifesaving and much needed supplies throughout the games, as well as advise them on how best to train. As well as tips on how to survive and stay alive during the grueling games. However Haymitch seems less than an ideal mentor for anything at first as he is shown to be a severe alcoholic. His behavior seems to stem from his being haunted by his past as the winner of games that he took part in years ago - and all that he had to do survive during them. He is both distant and prickly to say the least to his two young charges and Katniss and Peeta.


Katniss does have one big advantage in her favor in that she is a very skilled hunter. She came by her great hunting and tracking abilities out of  necessity after her father was killed in a mining accident, and it was left largely up to her to provide food for herself and her family. Her weapon of choice at home was a bow and arrow. Even more lucky for her - that is one of the weapons available to the contestants during the games as is swords, knives, and all manner of other deadly weapons.

Peeta on the other hand growing up as a rather shy and quiet young bakers son is convinced that he has absolutely no chance of winning, and is as good as dead. He isn't really the outdoors type and has no real skill with any particular weapons either. But he is smart and strong and Hamish and Katniss admonish him to utilize those strengths during the games and not to sell himself short and not to give up.

I won't say a lot more as I don't want to give away any spoilers but let's just say that what follows is a wild roller coaster of action, adventure, romance, deception, and survival that leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next.

Will Katniss and Peeta grow closer or will they be torn apart and forced to turn on one another? Can Katniss or Peeta survive against the other 22 contestants during deadly games? And who will be the lone Victor?

The Hunger Games is a great movie that the whole family will enjoy. There is as I said drama, action and yes even romance so someone will find something they can identify with. And you can't help but root for the heros and heroines as they literally fight for their life in this one. It is also a very poignant story that makes you think about many tough and some very dark aspects of life and liberty. And about just what could happen in real life if a people ever allow themselves to become followers of a dictatorship where all their freedoms are stripped away. Don't miss this one it's a must see!

And you just might be able to get your teens interested in reading with this one! Even my son who hates reading most of the time wanted to read the books after seeing this one! So it's a big win win! ;)

*And yes for those of you that would like to know this one follows the book very, very closely. It's a great adaption of book to film. So if you like the movie you will love the
book - and vise versa!*


Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens


Just a few pretty tame kisses nothing that would offend anyone here with the heat factor.







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