The Hunger Games (2012)

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Released:  Friday, March 23, 2012  
Length:  142 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: The Hunger Games is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


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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 HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, which has over 3 million copies in print in the United States alone, is the first in a trilogy of novels which have developed a global following.

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Correction: Garry Ross Not Out of Hunger Games Sequel Just Yet  4/8/2012 11:26 AM EDT
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The Hunger Games Theatrical Review

Typically, when a film is hyped up to the point of almost being a religious experience, it will fail to meet expectations; and only the die-hard fans will like a film despite its flaws.  However, this is the exact opposite of The Hunger Games, which is based on the New York Times bestselling young adult novel, by Suzanne Collins. The film takes the book and turns up the volume 110%!
Set in a post-apocalyptic world of North America, every year the twelve districts of the nation of Panem sends a teenage boy and girl to participate in a brutal game, called The Hunger Games, to pay tribute to the Capital. Once a boy or girl reaches a certain age, they are entered into a lottery; and if picked, forced to play the game. 
On this year, the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Eberdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class) volunteers as tribute to avoid her young sister from being taken for the games. Katniss and her fellow District companion, Peeta Mellark (Bridge to Terabithia), then must travel to the Capital to be trained to fight and honor their District until only one teenager remains alive.
The cast is led by the charismatic Jennifer Lawrence who seems to be born to play the role of Katniss Eberdeen.  Lawrence skillfully displays Katniss' emotional side, instead of making her into the next inline of one-dimensional female action stars. Along with co-stars Peeta Mellark, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and Donald Sutherland, the world of Panem plays a host to many talented actors of our time.
To help bring the world of Panem to life, Lionsgate brought in Writer/Director, Gary Ross (Pleasantville) to helm what is the first film in a planned trilogy.  His veteran skills behind the camera help to shape an amazing, believable world where children have to grow up much too quickly.  The cinematography is breathtaking; and while sometimes the shaking camera can be a bit much, the film is paced perfectly.
Some others in today's world of showbiz have been likening The Hunger Games, as the "next Twlight" --  while I would agree in that the fan base is as strong and as passionate about the film. That is where the comparison ends though.  Hunger Games is a deep, emotional story, touching upon all levels of humanity that will leave a very large impact after you have left the theater.  However, this movie is not for the faint of heart.  The Hunger Games walks a thin line between PG-13 and R.  It contains a lot of blood, death of children, and an overall view of the future that is bleak and dim.
So until Catching Fire (the second book in the trilogy) is released is theaters...May the odds ever be in your favor.

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