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The Hunger Games
May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. 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. The world will be watching.
I should say this movie is probably not meant for me; it is meant for those who read and loved the books. That said, wow, what a piece of shit this was and it's a complete failure as a film for those of us who have not read the books. It is completely humourless, which would be fine if the drama had any sort of impact, but it doesn't and if you are going give this pseudo-Running Man/Fifth Element style to the world and the games, how do you not have anything to lighten things up? I suppose Banks and Tucci were supposed to do that, but their characters were flat and irrelevant (just like everyone else in the film)…
I had a genuinely open mind about this thing. I liked Ross' Pleasantville, I enjoy Jennifer Lawrence. I even rewatched Winter's Bone and Battle Royale to get me amped up for this thing this week.
This is well reviewed? This is going to be massively successful at the box office? Do people need a Twilight alternative so badly that they will embrace this wimpy piece of shit? The script is thoroughly weak, everything feels artificial and stilted, nobody has any chemistry with anyone, it excuses its way out of most of its own violence in some very creatively pathetic ways. Many of its concepts and world-building elements are horribly explained, or not explained at all. And it's without an ounce…
After leaving the theatre I felt confused, annoyed and, above all, bored.
The first question that sprang to mind was: 'Ok, so why are they called The Hunger Games?' This could of course (and probably has) have a lot to do with my limited IQ, but I just missed it I guess. My buddy tried to explain it to me, but he also wasn't really sure. Then someone behind me said: 'It's explained in the books.' Right. I haven't read the books, I went to this film so I don't have to read the books. Could it perhaps be that this film has a really bad script? I mean, what's up with all the food rationing? What's up with all…
"What if everyone just stopped watching?"
The Hunger Games is the worst movie ever!
Katniss is so annoying! Everyone says she's such an empowering female protagonist, but she just whines about having to be a leader and having so many people rely on her. Have some pride, lady! Stand up for yourself for a change!
And Peeta is even worse! Talk about a helpless little brat. Why does Katniss even care about him, anyway? All he does is hide and paint himself like the ground (which, by the way, would be totally impossible). Let's have a real man! Katniss and movie audiences deserve better!
The cinematography is just awful. The camera shakes around all over the place like it drank…
Unlike most reviews I’m going to try and not mention Battle Royale (that doesn’t count) during this review because that film was not the first to explore this concept and The Hunger Games will not be the last. The film has strongly divided opinion (no doubt the record breaking box office has increased expectations for the movie) but I sit somewhere in the middle.
It is tough knowing how to judge a film like this; do you compare it to films in general or other cash-in Young Adult fiction movie adaptations? If it is the former then The Hunger Games comes up a little short. The cast were perfectly decent and Jennifer Lawrence provides some class when traditionally teenage leads…
I'll start this by stating yes I have read The Hunger Games trilogy. I really liked the first and second book, but I found the third to be a bit of a letdown.
Now for my review of the first film. Having read The Hunger Games I was naturally curious if the film would do it justice, and for the most part I would say it's a good adaptation. My biggest issue which was big enough for me to only give the film 3 stars is the extreme lack of character development. You expect details to be left out when a novel is adapted for a film, but there's little to no character development for most of the characters you come to know very well in the novels. It really hurt the overall experience for me, but overall the film was entertaining and worth watching.
You may be amazed that I hadn't seen this movie until now. I guess everyone else already had, but I held off, for a long time not even wanting to ever see it. But today I gave it a chance, and I actually liked it. Not great, but pretty good.
I was baffled by the weird hairdos and attire of the people of the future, though I guess it wasn't much different than the strange Fifth Element styles. Some of the characters, like the honcho with the bizarro beardo, were just plain creepy.
Other than that, Hunger Games is rich with action and drama. Highly entertaining, if not terribly cerebral, though it does make an attempt at that with the…
"I volunteer! I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!"
The Plot: In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.
I usually don't like it when they turn books into movies, because most of the time the ruin them. The Hunger Games is a…
Film #1 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #24 : A film featuring futuristic deadly games/ death sports! letterboxd.com/ewigg/list/scavenger-hunt-4/
I thought maybe watching The Hunger Games would change my mind on a couple of things: the Young Adult genre, the obsession with dystopian film/literature as of late, and not being able to figure out whether or not I like Jennifer Lawrence. But here I am 2.5 hours later.
I was not enamored by the premise but it works well establishing a universe within the allotted time, showcasing why this fight to death must occur each year (to those unfamiliar, punishment for a past rebellion) and the political nature of each of the districts. It is a very captivating film…
Americanized, edulcorated Battle Royale? Zzzzz... way too long. What's with the blue filters in movies, guys. Saw in plane.
The first hour or so did a good job at drawing you in and some of the art direction was definitely well done, other bits not quite as good (the high society outfits were just a little bit on the silly side, could have done with channeling Fifth Element a bit better).
But the last 40 mins or so was just dumb, it's the 70-something hunger games right? and the organisers are acting like a bunch of bumbling idiots, changing rules left and right THEN changing them back, handing out medicine then the dumb ass bad CG muscular dogs. Surely the citizens must be watching this and wondering what the hell is going on why they keep having to compromise,…
"Battle Royale" was much better. Do yourself a huge favor and watch that film before being impressed by "Hunger Games".
The Hunger Games is the amazing first part of a four-part franchise. This first film is the start of a new beginning for the people of Panem.
Every year, two random chosen teenagers, a boy and a girl, from the 12 district of Panem, must fight each other till death. At the beginning of the film the reason for this barbaric ‘game’ is explained. Years ago there was a war between the District and the Capitol. To prevent this kind of rebellion and also to show the people who’s the boss, the Capitol organized these Hunger Games: “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
The ‘tributes’ from district 12 are Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).…
A dull experience that only goes through the motions. After the initial lottery that sets up the rest of the film, the film falls into a bland experience. The length of the film reveals that they had the opportunity to explore important dilemmas and character development, but the time was simply wasted in scenes with no substance. After Katniss gets in her train, her behavior lacked any real depth, it just came across as a bored character and I became a bored viewer. There was plenty of time to give depth to the relationship between Katniss and Peeta, but the scenes were abruptly interrupted and presented in a chopped up manner throughout the film. By the time you learn about…
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