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
Panem is located in a post-apocalyptic North America whose land mass has been reduced by rising sea levels. It is generally agreed that the Capitol is in the Rocky Mountains, possibly Colorado, and that the District 12 town where Katniss grew up is somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, possibly Kentucky or West Virginia. See more »
During The Reaping, in the wide shot when the Mayor and his affiliates are being introduced, there is only a microphone and the chairs on the stage. The Reaping Balls do not appear until Effie draws the names. See more »
I think it's our tradition. It comes out of a particularly painful part of our history, but it's been a way we're able to heal.
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First, I haven't read the book. I was lured into watching the movie with little more information than the tag line and IMDb rating. This movie, while technically well executed, suffers from having a totally boring, predictable and unengaging plot. There's no doubt that I would have changed the channel had I not been stuck in the cinema.
This title may be popular with 13-year-old girls. If you don't belong to that group, there are better movies to spend your time on. If anything, it made me want to revisit The Truman Show - a decent "dome TV show" movie.
And I never did figure out why it's called "The Hunger Games".
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