23 March 2012
Fishy's Film Reviews - The Hunger Games
Saw The Hunger Games today \o/
Certificate – 12A or PG-13
Running time – 142
Scene after the credits – Nope
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta
Woody Harrelson as Haymitch
Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
Stanley Tucci as Caesar
In the near future, the nation of Panem has risen out of the ruins of what was once known as North America.
Due to an unsuccessful uprising by the districts of Panem, a raffle (known as the "reaping") is held to choose one boy and one girl, aged 12–18, from each of the twelve districts to participate in the Hunger Games, a competition in which each contestant, or tribute, battles until only one is left.
The winner receives honour, gifts, and enough food and supplies to never worry about anything ever again…..
Unfortunately it’s a fight to the death
What's right with it?
Its got a great idea to it, to keep the population under control 24 people are chosen to fight it out and be the last person standing, while being filmed for ratings and certain events are controlled by the tv makers
……wait a minute, did someone mix Battle Royale, The Running Man and the Truman Show into a mixing bowl and baked at District 12 until the arrow slides out all clean?
Now I did some research into this and the writer of the book is adamant that she did not get the idea of it from Battle Royale. I’m willing to believe that but there are a LOT of similarities and nods that I won’t go into at the moment because of spoiler territory
Despite this the film is still good, especially the whole part in the city where there is a kind of Olympics/Big Brother opening ceremony and when we get to see the “Tributes” training before they actually start the Hunger Games
What’s wrong with it?
It’s a little slow to get going, but once the main characters reach Panem the pace picks up
Also you have to wonder about the similarities mentioned above. Maybe some things could have been done differently, but hey I'm just a humble blog maker, what do I know?
Turns out that the Hunger Games is not about eating as many hot dogs as you can, wish they made that clearer on the poster
How do you like dem apples?
Caesar Flickerman: Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire!
President Snow: Welcome! We salute your courage and your sacrifice and we wish you Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favour!
Despite it's high popularity with teenagers and adults, Lionsgate has admitted that the chances of Catching Fire and Mockingjay being converted into films all depend on the money that 'The Hunger Games' makes.
The name of the main character, Katniss, is derived from the name of a group of edible plant species, genus "Sagittaria", commonly known as "arrowhead". This is a reference to the character's archery skills.
It is a good film, There are actually a lot of stories that are similar but the comparisons to Battle Royale will always be hanging over it because it was so well written and received
It is told really well and has some great scenes and action sequences, plus some great hair from Woody Harrelson and we finally find out that Lenny Kravitz is a total Pyromaniac
Go watch it!!!
Now I'm gonna go read the books