The Hunger Games
Hunger Games is based on the popular teen novel of the same name which
is written by Suzanne Collins. It is set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future
which has seen America split into a cast system and the
story takes place in the fictional nation of Panem where twelve boys and
twelve girls must compete in the Hunger Games as tribute to the past
crimes of their parents.
Each of the twelve districts that compete in
the Hunger Games hold a lottery to choose their champions and when Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) younger sister is chosen, she
valiantly decides to take her sisters place for District 12.
by Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the other male competitor from
District 12, they are
both taken to the Capitol in order to train for the Hunger Games. Their
teacher is Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), a former victor of the
games who is now a washed up drunk but when he sees something noble in
the eyes of Katniss, he decides to help her as best he can.
both Katniss and Peeta are thrown into this virtual reality arena that combines
elements of The Running Man and Lord of the Flies to create this brutal
gladiatorial combat as children and teenagers fight to the death.
Although The Hunger Games may have the same audience as the Twilight
series, this story is far superior with more down to Earth and realistic
characters. Even the story plays out better. The star of the movie is definitely Jennifer Lawrence who
plays her character perfectly. Katniss is quite guarded to those around
her but she has this heroic soul and caring nature that comes out when
When originally released at the cinemas, The
Hunger Games did get a battering from Christian groups due to the
brutality of the story, however most of the violence is off camera and
it's the story of teenage girl forced into maturity. With action, drama
and romance, The Hunger Games is a powerful story from start to finish.
terms of acting, there are a plethora of great actors involved in this
production that include Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks and
Liam Hemsworth. Director Gary Ross successfully brings these characters
together and creates an enjoyable sci-fi thriller set in this dystopian
and audio quality is quite impressive on Blu-ray with sharp images,
vibrant colours and a brilliant sound score. There's also some great
special features that include how the film was made and some great
interviews with all involved. All in all, The Hunger Games is a must
have movie for Blu-ray thanks to the interesting story, great characters
and flawless acting.
Game Makers: Suzanna Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenon
The World is Watching: Making The Hunger Games
Letters from the Rose Garden: Controlling the Games
Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell
Preparing for the Games: A Director's Process
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