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The Hunger Games (2012)

 -  Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  23 March 2012 (USA)
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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.

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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 Suzanne Collins

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Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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$78,000,000 (estimated)

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$152,535,747 (USA) (23 March 2012)

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$407,999,255 (USA) (31 August 2012)
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The fictional nation in the film is called Panem. This is derived from "Panem et Circenses," or "Bread and Circuses," which comes from the latter days of the Roman Empire, in which the government would keep the masses satisfied not by performing their public services well, but by providing violent and deadly entertainments for the people to watch, which is rather fitting for the subject matter of the film. See more »

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In Katniss's flashbacks to when Peeta is feeding the pigs at the bakery, Peeta's hair is brown. In the rest of the movie, it is blonde. There is no explanation for the color change. See more »

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Caesar Flickerman: Yes.
Seneca Crane: ...but it's been the way we're able to heal.
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Written by Gabriel Hubert, Saiph Graves, Amal Hubert, Tycho Cohran, Jafar Graves, Uttama Hubert, Seba Graves and Tarik Graves
Performed by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
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Japan's BATTLE ROYALE: raped for huge profits
1 April 2012 | by (Lapjat) – See all my reviews

Many have said this before, but I'm afraid I have to repeat the opinion on the account that a surprising many have decided that Hunger Games is worth of anything more than 1 star in IMDb. Hunger Games is a unscrupulous photocopy of the masterpiece Battle Royale, and should be avoided, if not boycotted.

Some will claim that Hunger Games is a 'tribute' or a 'remake' of the Battle Royale. To them I ask one question: "What kind of filmmakers make remakes of a movie when the original came out two years ago and has been selling DVDs very well internationally?" It seems that this particular brand of US cinema has decided that it is quite content making money off of other people idea for free.

And though it is impossible for the original filmmakers to sue the filmmakers of Hunger Games (on the account that overseas copyright laws does not allow for such suit), Hunger Games should be remembered as a true stain on the history of Hollywood Cinema.

Because it has photocopied a great movie, Hunger Games avoids being an absolute terror of a movie. However, this does not excuse the writer and the section of 'Hollywood' that has involved itself in Hunger Games's production. Because of the blatant plagiarism, and the Hunger Games's makers absolutely refusing to apologize and reimburse the original filmmakers, I must say Hunger Games deserves 1 star, if not 0.

I really wonder a country with a billion people and one of the biggest film industry in the world does not have a single innovative brain. Hollywood is the biggest industry making uncredited rip-offs of dozens of movies and animes round the globe every year.


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