Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. Written by
Gary Ross wanted to make this movie after noticing his twin children were fans of the books. However, he was unaware that producer Nina Jacobson had already secured the rights. Suzanne Collins' novels were discovered by co-producer Bryan Unkeless, who then recommended them to Jacobson. See more »
After Katniss volunteers for Prim, it shows the crowd putting three fingers over their lips and kissing it as a sign of respect. You can clearly see a man in the crowd wearing black with a camera. This is often mistaken as a goof but remember that the 'Reaping' is being televised across Panem. See more »
I could have easily walked out of this movie in the first 10 to 15 minutes and not thought twice about it. You know how you can kind of tell whether or not the movie is going to be any good in the first few minutes, and you are usually right. Well, that was this movie, and it didn't look promising and it wasn't.
First, the movie was way too long. They took a lot of time to do nothing.
Second, I could not stand all of the camera shaking. It started to give me a head ache. Luckily, it seemed like it was only during the first third of the movie (maybe they switched cinematographers after the beginning?). It was a lot like when your kids take the camera and forget that it's on while they are walking around.
The fight scenes were mostly lame and the camera angles were clearly uncreative (not there there had to be great fight scenes, but you would have thought with all of the time they used on screen they would have done something with the time!).
Character development was nill. Only the main character was developed and I didn't really care for any of the others since they were completely unknown to me.
I would not even watch this movie again if it came out on DVD. To me it was a completed waste of the afternoon and my $8.
I thought that the actor's performances were great, but there was just nothing there to pull the viewer in to get them involved in the story. I also really didn't get why they were having to compete in this game (I guess that you had to read the book and already be familiar with the subject) and it seemed like I had already been through this type of scenario before.
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