[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
Fun movie if all the characters weren't so irritating.
About a century after a failed rebellion against an overpowering government, the country has been sectioned off into several districts. Two teenagers (one male, one female) from every district is chosen every year to compete in The Hunger Games, where they must fight to survive and leave only one winner standing. In District 12, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers in place of her sister and must then fend for her life against a ruthless government and bloodthirsty peers.
Having not read the book and only knowing a general synopsis of the film going in, I was really afraid that it was going to turn out awful. This could have been done very badly in a number of ways. It's about…
I saw it. Ech
Action film set in a dystopian future. Where government oppression following a revolution, includes a yearly "games" that require each 'District' (State?) to send two 'tributes' (two children between 11 & 18) to participate in a free for all, fight to the death. The idea being that they are paying a tribute to the government that they rebelled against. Entertaining, but a little nonsensical until you see the second movie in the series. Definitely worth watching.
As a study into a corrupt government's attempts to control its citizens? A good start, with hopefully more to come in the sequels. As a satire on the nature and demands of fame in the 21st century? Half-baked. The books successfully explored the former, and the latter was perfect fodder for film. The movie also struggles to cast off the trappings of its Twilight heritage at times, despite Lawrence's sterling debut performance.
I had only recently completed the books when I first watched this movie. The story is a take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royal, nothing is truly unique about this premise.
What makes it unique is the back story and meticulous detailing into the "districts" and the whole premise of the civil war leading to a dictatorship running the country through fear (through the children)
Movies seldom match ones own imagination, and this is no exception, with the book being far richer in detail. However, Jennifer Lawrence is a superb Catniss and Woody Harrelson excellent as Haymitch.
I would like to give it five stars if its story made just like the book
Seemingly pointless movie. It starts off with a ridiculously long, uninteresting introduction to a silly death game. Attempted emotional scenes felt forced so I couldn't care for them.
Then again it's nonsense trying to adapt a full book into a single movie, so I suppose it was always going to fail for those unfamiliar with the books.
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