The Hunger Games (2012)


katniss-everdeen-the-hunger-gamesHope. It is the only thing stronger than fear.” – President Snow

Number of Times Seen – 2  (13 Aug 2012 and 20 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – In the distant future, a young girl named Katniss Everdeen volunteers in place of her younger sister to fight in a tournament to the death.

My Take on it – I hadn’t read the books, so I didn’t really know what to expect here.

I’m sure most of you are familiar here with the story and the characters, so I don’t think I need to really go into much detail.

The first thing that came to mind when watching this was it’s similarity to Battle Royale (2000) which was such a shockingly amazing movie.  The difference here is that in this one, we get to know the characters a bit better and it’s just not random people trying to slaughter one and other.

There is more structure here and we care for the characters and want them to survive.

I have never been a fan of Jennifer Lawrence and this movie didn’t cure me of that issue.  She is ok here, but nothing more.

The story and plot are pretty engaging and I was interested in knowing even more about the futurist world that they live in.

The special effects here are very cool and the blending of futuristic sci-fi and past time weapons and combat is fun to watch.

Bottom Line – Very good movie, action-packed, full of great special effects and an interesting plot but I still feel that something is missing here.  It just didn’t completely WOW me. Perhaps that will change after all 4 movies are completed. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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15 thoughts on “The Hunger Games (2012)

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  2. Though I think Jennifer Lawrence is pretty amazing, I agree on this movie. It is good, but something is missing (in my opinion the something is a sense of horror at Panem’s injustice).

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    • horror after 74 years of doing something? Everyone in their society is already ingrained in it. Very few people alive remember what it was like beforehand. Thats the sad part, that it still is going on after 74 years.

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      • No. Sorry. Not horror from the characters. Horror from the camera and filmmaking, communicated to the audience. This story is an allegory to our modern world, meant to demonstrate the ways we mistreat each other, especially our youth, with a culture that so admires violence.

        The novel works thematically because the reader is disgusted, not excited, by so many of its events. The problem is that the first movie loses that. The movie is exciting and entertaining, but not horrifying. Not really. It decries violence, but it also glorifies it, a fact that means it rings thematically hollow.

        (Which is why the second film is better than the first. The second finds the proper tone, leaving the viewer with the proper emotions.)

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        • wow! you’ve given me much insight into something I never thought of (I guess since I didn’t read the book)

          I think I’ll have to read them before the next movie comes out next year.

          You are correct that it isn’t apparent by watching this movie 😦

          Thanks JJ!

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          • The first book is one of my all time favorite novels. Period. And I read a whole lot of novels. 😉

            The other two are not, in my opinion, nearly as good, but they are still worth reading.

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  3. I really liked this movie, but I must say it was short something, though it was a pretty good adaption from the books. I like Jennifer Lawrence, just don’t always get the hype surrounding her.

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