The Hunger Games (2012)

Directed by Gary Ross | Year 2012

After the great (financial) successes booked by the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, the world and especially teenagers have long-awaited the introduction of a new series to fall madly in love with. With the Hunger Games novels as merely tools to transform the movies to an instant hit worldwide, the danger exists that successful book series do not always guarantee the same outcome with the movies. However, the producers and the fans need not to worry: the Hunger Games managed to prove that it’s going to be an amazing trilogy.

The plot of the movie certainly reads interesting and promising. The story centers around the sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen who lives in the fictive land in the near future called Panem (from the Latin phrase panem et circenses). In fact, Panem is the decadent future of North-America and is ruled by the powerful but corrupt Capitol. The Capitol also administers the Hunger Games. Basically the Games is about killing every other contestant: last man standing wins.

Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, gets involved with these Games when her sister Primrose is called out at a public ‘reaping’ obligatory to attend for all citizens of the twelve districts in Panem. As you can guess, Katniss takes the place of her sister. What a shocker: she voluntarily offers to participate in the Hunger Games. While the people living in the districts are sickened by this fact, they get their hopes up as they consider it as a sign of standing up against the mighty Capitol.

The visuals used support the ultimate purpose of the movie very well. The way Panem has been portrayed gives one instantly goosebumps: it all looks so real yet so hopeless. Thanks to director, Collins’ characters from the novel fit the screen perfectly. Their eccentric behaviour and ways of living gives the movie a refreshing look and face. Not to forget mentioning the lovely Jennifer Lawrence who has done a tremendous job in portraying the complex hero named Katniss.

Suzanne Collins, the author of the novels, has laid out a terrifying and plain cruel story. The Hunger Games gradually shows the puzzle pieces of what is in fact a gruesome story: teenagers killing each other while people, some forced to, watch. There isn’t much blood in the movie though: you’d almost enjoy the Games yourself since it looks so clean, entertaining and harmless. However this is not the case as The Hunger Games truly focuses on the characters and their psychology only.

The Hunger Games is a creative and original production, has a suspenseful story and well-developed characters. All in all you could see it as a ‘good, but not great’ movie. It does have the potential to be one: I can’t wait for the second movie of the trilogy.

B+

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