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The Hunger Games (2012)

aka The Hunger Games

"May the odds be ever in your favor."

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Details: 142 mins · English, French, Chinese · PG-13 (USA)

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Better than I thought it would be

Not to sound cliché but the book was better, and the book wasn’t that good. Then again it is young literature and it is written from the point of view of a 16 year old girl, I guess my ideas for a dystopian future are much darker than 24 kids fighting to the death.

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Let me start by saying $78 million is not enough of a budget, you need some room to show off the fancy futuristic city. I also felt not enough attention was paid to the other contestants. Then again even in the book they were kind of glossed over, since after all they were not the main focus of the series. I also think the Gale/Katniss relationship was not given enough attention, since that is one of the main points in the book where Katniss cannot decide whom she likes more.
On the other hand I thought the arena and the action shots were very well done! I heard some complaints about the constantly moving camera but I thought it was filmed very well. Not too jerky where you cannot tell what is g...(more)

Not to sound cliché but the book was better, and the book wasn’t that good. Then again it is young literature and it is written from the point of view of a 16 year old girl, I guess my ideas for a dystopian future are much darker than 24 kids fighting to the death.

>>CONTAINS SPOILERS<<

Let me start by saying $78 million is not enough of a budget, you need some room to show off the fancy futuristic city. I also felt not enough attention was paid to the other contestants. Then again even in the book they were kind of glossed over, since after all they were not the main focus of the series. I also think the Gale/Katniss relationship was not given enough attention, since that is one of the main points in the book where Katniss cannot decide whom she likes more.
On the other hand I thought the arena and the action shots were very well done! I heard some complaints about the constantly moving camera but I thought it was filmed very well. Not too jerky where you cannot tell what is going on but just moving enough to give the feel of action. I wound it amusing that the movie chose to focus more on the control room of the game while the book was glued to Katniss’ movements.
Having read the books I do not know how much of my understanding of the film was affected by prior knowledge but amusingly enough my boyfriend liked it even though it is suppose to be marketed to women. Final verdict, Jennifer Lawrance did a marvelous job; I was not a fan of hers until this movie. And I am eagerly awaiting the second and the third movies with hope of a larger budget just to see what they could do!
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A compelling adaptation, subtly sophisticated.

Suzanne Collins wrote the Hunger Games series on a bit of whim. Even she admits that this is not a story of completely original origin. That being said, where many of this narratives predecessors focused (the action and act of elimination), Collins focused her story on the characters' evolution, the role the "games" played in a relative distopia, and in the nuance of life on the edge.

Many feared that the movie adaptation would slide towards the immature. After all, these were young reader books, and we all know the market in a tween movie machine. The books are full of vivid battle scenes ripe with the bloodletting necessary to make this sort of narrative go. Would the movies skimp on this? In a word, no.

This movie is quick paced, filmed in beautiful locations, and the sets (both in the city and in the woods) play parts in the story practically as characters. The arc holds you attention from start to finish, no complaints as far as slow or boring sections.

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Suzanne Collins wrote the Hunger Games series on a bit of whim. Even she admits that this is not a story of completely original origin. That being said, where many of this narratives predecessors focused (the action and act of elimination), Collins focused her story on the characters' evolution, the role the "games" played in a relative distopia, and in the nuance of life on the edge.

Many feared that the movie adaptation would slide towards the immature. After all, these were young reader books, and we all know the market in a tween movie machine. The books are full of vivid battle scenes ripe with the bloodletting necessary to make this sort of narrative go. Would the movies skimp on this? In a word, no.

This movie is quick paced, filmed in beautiful locations, and the sets (both in the city and in the woods) play parts in the story practically as characters. The arc holds you attention from start to finish, no complaints as far as slow or boring sections.

Where this movie really stands out is in sound design, soundtrack, foley and it's use of silence. No joke, just sit and listen to this film and it is as captivating as if you were watching it. Combine that with thoughtful camera work and well thought out shots, and you have a movie that will leave you wishing the sequel was out already. (less)

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I haven't read the books, but the film is well made. I love the design, and the moment at the very start of the games which is almost silent. Performances are mostly good, but it's Lawrence's film. Camerawork and editing are irritatingly hyperactive. And there's a fundamental hypocrisy about films like this which ask us to be appalled at the existence of the games, but then rely on them to provide action and thrills.
Still, I'll be interested to see the others in the series to see where the story goes.

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Cast:

Small Katniss Everdeen
Small Peeta Mellark
Small Gale Hawthorne
Small Haymitch Abernathy
Small Cinna
Small Effie Trinket
Small President Snow
Small Caesar Flickerman
Small Katniss' Mother
Small Primrose Everdeen
Small Rue
Small Seneca Crane
Small Cato
Small Clove
Small Glimmer
Small Hob Vendor
Small Registration Woman
No_movie_poster Peeta's Mother
Small Claudius Templesmith
No_movie_poster Venia
No_movie_poster Flavius
No_movie_poster Octavia
No_movie_poster Thresh
No_movie_poster Marvel
No_movie_poster Portia
Small Fox Face
Small Game Center Tech #2
Small Mrs. Everdeen
No_movie_poster Katniss' Father

Crew:

No_movie_poster Tom Stern Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Debra Zane Casting
No_movie_poster James Newton Howard Music
No_movie_poster Philip Messina Production Design
No_movie_poster Stephen Mirrione Editor
No_movie_poster Juliette Welfling Editor
No_movie_poster Jon Kilik Producer
No_movie_poster Judianna Makovsky Costume Design
No_movie_poster Gary Ross Director
No_movie_poster Robin Bissell Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Louise Rosner Executive Producer
Small Suzanne Collins Novel
No_movie_poster Nina Jacobson Producer
No_movie_poster T Bone Burnett Executive Music Producer
No_movie_poster Gary Ross Writer
Small Billy Ray Writer
Small Suzanne Collins Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Juliette Welfling Editing
No_movie_poster Stephen Mirrione Editing
No_movie_poster Christopher S. Capp Editing

Taglines:

"May the odds be ever in your favor."

Plot:

In post-apocalyptic North America, the nation of Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve poorer districts. As punishment for a past rebellion, each district must provide a boy and a girl ("tributes") between the ages of 12 and 18 selected by lottery (the "Reaping") for the annual Hunger Games. The tributes must fight to the death in an arena, with the sole survivor rewarded with fame and wealth. This year's arena is a vast forest.


In District 12, when Primrose Everdeen is chosen in her first Reaping, her older sister Katniss volunteers to take her place. Peeta Mellark, a baker's son, is the other district tribute.


Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol, accompanied by their frequently drunk mentor and past Games victor, Haymitch Abernathy. He warns them about the "Career" tributes from Districts 1 and 2 who train intensively at special academies and almost always win.


During a TV interview with Caesar Flickerman, Peeta unexpectedly reveals his love for Katniss. She is outraged, believing it to be a ploy to gain popularity, as "sponsors" may provide in-Games gifts. However, she discovers Peeta is sincere.


The televised Games begin with half of the tributes killed in the first few minutes. Katniss barely survives ignoring Haymitch's advice to run away from the supplies and weapons strewn in front of a structure called the Cornucopia. Peeta forms an uneasy alliance with the four Careers. They corner Katniss up a tree. Rue, a young girl from District 11 hiding in a nearby tree, draws her attention to a deadly tracker jacker nest. Katniss drops the nest onto the alliance. They scatter, but Glimmer, the District 1 girl, is stung to death. Katniss, disoriented by the poisonous venom, is told to run away by Peeta. She eventually collapses. She wakes up to find that Rue has taken care of her for two days.


Meanwhile, the alliance has gathered up all the supplies. Katniss has Rue draw them off, then destroys the stockpile by setting off mines planted around it. A furious Cato, the District 2 boy, kills the boy assigned to guard it. Katniss frees Rue from a trap, then dodges a spear thrown by Marvel, the District 1 boy, which strikes Rue. Katniss kills Marvel, then comforts the dying Rue. Afterward, she arranges flowers around Rue's body. When this is televised, it sparks a riot in Rue's district. Panem President Snow summons Seneca Crane, the Gamemaker, to express his displeasure.


Haymitch convinces Crane to make a rule change to avoid further trouble. It is announced that tributes from the same district can win as a team. Katniss then searches for Peeta and finds him with an infected leg wound. An announcer proclaims a feast where the thing each survivor needs most will be provided. Peeta begs her not to risk getting him medicine. Katniss promises not to go, but after he falls asleep, she heads to the feast. Clove, the District 2 girl, ambushes her and pins her down. When Clove gloats about killing Rue, however, she is slain by Thresh, the District 11 boy. Thresh spares Katniss once for Rue's sake. The medicine restores Peeta's mobility.


They find Foxface, the District 5 girl, dead from eating Nightlock berries that she stole from following Peeta, neither being aware they are extremely poisonous. Without warning, Crane has the arena darkened and unleashes a pack of hound-like creatures to speed things up, resulting in Thresh's death. Katniss and Peeta flee to the roof of the Cornucopia, where they are attacked by Cato. Katniss wounds Cato with an arrow and Peeta hurls him to the creatures below. Katniss shoots Cato to spare him an agonizing death.


With Peeta and Katniss apparently victorious, the rule change is suddenly revoked. Peeta tells Katniss to shoot him. She instead gives him half of the Nightlock. Before they can commit suicide, the couple are hastily proclaimed the victors of the 74th Hunger Games.


Haymitch warns Katniss that she has made powerful enemies with her display of defiance. Crane is locked in a room with a bowl of Nightlock. Viewing the victors' triumphant return home on a monitor, Snow ponders the situation.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2012-03-23 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2012-03-21 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2012-03-22 : Philippines

Theatrical : 2012-03-21 : France

Theatrical : 2012-03-21 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2012-03-12 : Los Angeles

Theatrical : 2012-03-21 : Buenos Aires

Theatrical : 2012-03-22 : Australia

Theatrical : 2012-03-22 : Bahrain

Theatrical : 2012-03-22 : Chile

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Theatrical : 2012-06-14 : China

Theatrical : 2012-09-28 : Japan

DVD : 2012-08-18 : United States of America

Blu-ray disc : 2012-08-18 : United States of America