Movie Review: THE HUNGER GAMES
Based on the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who is selected to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses. In the future, North America is no more. In its place has risen Panem, a divided nation split into 12 districts. Every year, each district selects a teen of each gender (called "Tributes") to test their worth in a competition known as the Hunger Games, which are broadcast across the nation as entertainment, and to reinforce the government's total power. When her younger sister is selected as District 12's latest "Tribute," Katniss volunteers to take her place, and trains under hard-drinking former Hunger Games champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) to sharpen her killer instincts. Now in order to survive the game and emerge the victor, this young combatant must put all of her skills to the ultimate test. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth co-star.~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I know there are many moments missing, some scenes were changed around, but I think that those were necessary, yet I would say that it captured the book quite astoundingly. It may not be an in-your-face adaptation but it certainly calmed and satisfied my being Hunger Games fan (and trilogy lover). The film actually captured the actuality of the life in District 12 - the poverty, the hunger, the hardship, harsh day-to-day-living - and the morbid fun, raw horror, overwhelming emotions associated with the Hunger Games - the reaping, being a tribute, and the Games itself. How could one stomach to kill another in order for oneself to survive in this cruel "show" designed for "entertainment" that only masks to the truth: "We can do this to your children, better behave"? Golly, reading the book made my eyes popped out, gripped the book tightly and say "WTF" but seeing it onscreen... I think they toned down the violence a bit, you know... kids killing other kids...
As for the actors and actresses playing the characters from the book, I give two thumbs-up. They portrayed their characters with aplomb and I could reconcile them with the characters from the book. As usual, I take my hat off to Stanley Tucci for his role as Caesar Flickerman. I always admired him for his portrayals. But as I said, some characters were not able to shine since it focused more on Katniss.