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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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This film reunites director Gary Ross with actress Elizabeth Banks. They worked previously together on Seabiscuit. See more »

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When Katniss is driven from the tree by the fire, she unties her rope and jumps down the tree apparently without putting the rope back in her bag, but the following night, while hiding on a tree from the others who camp beneath her, she has tied herself to the tree again with the same rope. See more »

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Hey, I know. Let's Rip Off BATTLE ROYALE.... and Not Give It Any Actual Credit!!!! ...
27 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Hunger Games was billed as the fan favorite of the Horrorfest (that occurred in late 2011. Most of the rating lists that I have seen from posters on IMDb have ranked The Hunger Games very high, while ranking the Japanese film BATTLE ROYALE in the middle of the pack. I personally thought that BATTLE ROYALE was very good, so I figured that the re-release of The Hunger Games would give me the opportunity to experience what everyone has been talking about. After the show one thing is for certain: The Hunger Games could not have been the best film at the Horrorfest, because Long Dream runs circles around this film in terms of storyline and entertainment value.

This film had everything it needed as far as atmosphere is concerned. The woodland areas, the river, and the house were perfect to build atmosphere and a sense of dread. Unfortunately, the filmmakers were too impatient to allow the fantastic environment to mature and reach the viewer in full effect. A character would be walking in the dimly lit forest, and just when I began to take in the atmosphere, the filmmakers would intrude with an excessively loud scream or noise for no apparent reason. There were so many "false scares" in this film that they effectively mitigated any atmospheric effect whatsoever. In other words, the filmmakers "prematurely ejaculated" with stupid sound effects before the viewer was able to reach "atmospheric orgasm." Ironically, there were probably a dozen or so "jump-out-of-your-seat" scares during the first portion of the film, and most of them were in situations with no real danger. For example, the opening scene shows a few babies crying in a truck, which transitions to an airplane arriving at an airport. Regrettably, the director couldn't stand by and allow such a transition to pass without cranking up the damn sound to the point where my eardrums were ready to explode. The filmmakers are apparently stupid enough to think that scene transitions with sonic booms clocking in at over 200 decibels are somehow entertaining.

Perhaps the most common method of premature sound ejaculation in The Hunger Games is the use of voices coming from nowhere. These voices begin at a whisper and crescendo to a loud scream in between scenes. Instead of just allowing the scene transition to occur, the filmmakers would use these idiotic gimmicks to make the viewer jump in their seat before continuing on to the next chapter. Imagine someone sneaking up behind you in a store, only to then scream in your ear and startle you. Any no-talent hack can do that. It's not scary. They're just being a jerk. That's what The Hunger Games is – a jerk who annoys you at their every opportunity.

It's really too bad, because the concept that presents itself at the very end of the film is quite good. It's a blending of doppelgangers and premonitions that works well for the few seconds that it presents itself, but everything leading up to that point is nothing more than 90 minutes of sonic booms and premature ejaculations.

Not recommended.


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