Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is an American science fiction film released in March 2012. It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Suzanne Collins. The movie is directed by Gary Ross and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland. After it's release "The Hunger Games" set the box office record for the third best opening weekend box office sales of any movie in North America. A sequel based on the second novel in the trilogy, "Catching Fire" is scheduled to be released in November, 2013.

"The Hunger Games", based on the first book in Suzanne Collins "Hunger Games" trilogy is one of those few movies which stays faithful to the story line of the book. Director Gary Ross sticks to the most important points of Collin's books but at the same time sidesteps some of the most barbaric aspects of the story thus giving it a PG -13 rating. I am sure anyone who has read and enjoyed the book will definitely like the movie.

Set  in a voyeuristic and morally depraved future, "The Hunger Games" conveys both the misery of the oppressed, represented by the malnourished and poorly clothed citizens of Panem's 12 suffering districts and the rotten values of their decadent oppressors who reside in the gaudy Capitol. The story revolves around an annual lottery in which a group of children (aged 12 to 18) are chosen and made to slaughter each other like gladiators till only one survives. And the whole of Panem is made to watch the bloodshed on national television.

The star of this movie is undoubtedly Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the role of Katniss Everdeen, the main protagonist of the story. Whether she's playing the role of the skillful hunter gathering food for her family or the reluctant participant in the debauched games, she owns this movie. Lawrence is an acting dynamo and through her we can see right into Katniss' mind. Making a successful "Hunger Games" movie required casting the best possible performer as Katniss and with Jennifer Lawrence director Gary Ross hit the bull's eye.

All in all, with an IMDB rating of 7.6 "The Hunger Games" is a good movie and definitely worth a watch.