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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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23 March 2012 (USA)  »

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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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During a New York Magazine interview, Wes Bentley said that the extremely unusual beard he wore as Seneca was styled from his own real beard, not created from applied pieces or extra hair. Bentley said that while he was in North Carolina filming the movie, he would often go to the local Target (a national department store chain) to buy things like baby formula while still sporting the "Seneca beard." See more »

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When Katniss fires her arrow at the apples on the pile of goods, she is barely into the clearing, but as the explosion knocks her backwards, she seems to have moved forwards a couple of yards. See more »

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[first lines]
Seneca Crane: I think it's our tradition. It comes out of a particularly painful part of our history...
Caesar Flickerman: Yes.
Seneca Crane: ...but it's been the way we're able to heal.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Hunger Games (2012) See more »

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Horn of Plenty
Written by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne
Performed by Arcade Fire
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Slow and predictable
1 April 2012 | by (Ft. Worth) – See all my reviews

It goes unsaid that the book is almost always better than the film. This movie is unique in the fact that it is much worse than the book. I'm not a fan of the latest fad of teen literature to begin with, but being a science fiction fan and a lover of the movie Battle Royale, I had high hopes for this. The word "hype" doesn't even begin to summarize how much attention and praise this movie has received, and it definitely did not deliver. The lead actress was great and the idea of a bleak future landscape separated into districts to keep the population in check is a great story. But the film didn't tell that story well. We get only flashes of how or why this system game into place or what the "hunger games" purpose actually is. It was very slow, very predictable even if you hadn't read the book and had virtually no action. The fight scenes it did have were quick flashes that if combined total two or so minutes of the movie. And don't get me started on the awful CGI of the "killer dogs" at the end.


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