A little heavy on the guess-who and I'm sad that the mouse is gone. It was okay. I only remembered bits and pieces from the books but it seems like they captured it pretty well.
I'd consider these films to watch with the kids.
Surprisingly this was quite bad. The editing in the action sequences lacks continuity and a sense of 3d space. At one point the henchman eats a carrot. It is the only vegetable in the film, yet it is not explained.
Willis is perhaps only one sequel from vegetable himself. He spends most of his time yelling inappropriately, often to himself, and is out of touch with what's going on.
The way everyone raved about this being the inspiration for, or better than, the Hunger Games, I was convinced it was going to be something stellar.
Lots of gore. No character development at all. No way to understand why some characters turn into sadists, and others don't. NO explanation for why these kids are so bad at shooting each other in the head. Nonsensical.
Tim Kong added
"Sort-of an idea"
"Sort-of an excuse to make a movie"
"Sort-of an excuse to hang with my buddies"
"Sort-of because we're shit out of original ideas"
The worst thing is I saw this on a plane, and I still couldn't fall asleep. That's how piss-poor it was.
A beautiful piece of work, superbly acted and directed. I really enjoy Gondry. But I found myself a little bored and distracted here. After you suspect and then realise the film's conceit, the director is still typically self-indulgent before bringing you to the end.