The Hunger Games
Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchison, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hensworth
To start off with, I have never read the books prior to viewing this movie but afterwards I wish I had. With no prior knowledge of the story or anything to do with the history of certain things in the movie I had no idea what I was walking into and I have to say that I was completely surprised with the outcome of the movie. I did not think it would be good, since I heard comparisons to it being the next Twilight which made me not wanna see this. The love triangle part was not the main focus of the story but the characters and survival were more important in the story. The final product was just completely awesome and it is interesting just how popular this book has become.
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.
Gary Ross, the man behind Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, really made a movie that everyone will enjoy, even the ones who did not read the books, and make a compelling movie that features breathtaking cinematography and editing. The majority of the editing was used to hide blood and intense violence that would have guaranteed an R rating. The acting is also top notch featuring a very grounded and realistic performance from Jennifer Lawrence, which is why see is one of todays strongest young actresses, but also the supporting cast is also well done with great performances from everyone that I can think of that was involved. I would recommend this to everyone who is interested in seeing it because it is worth it.
9 out of 10