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
Although it is mentioned briefly that Gale has had his name put into the drawing multiple times, it is not fully explained in the movie why someone might want to do this other than when Katniss tells Prim when she comes to say goodbye not to put her name in more because it's not worth getting enough food. Each additional time a name is entered raises the possibility that the person will be selected to compete, and probably die, in the games. In the source novel, it is explained that putting your name in an additional time garners your family an additional portion of grain and oil, so families experiencing especially terrible privation may put their children's names into the drawing more than once in exchange for that small amount of extra food. See more »
When the tributes are riding the chariots in the parade, in the first shot, Glimmer's shawl is off of her right shoulder. When the camera cuts back to her, the shawl is back on her shoulder. 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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The young actors cast as the tributes were quite good, however the adults (including Donald Sutherland) failed to perform as well. Wes Bently's performance was overshadowed by his own beard - that silly looking flame cut was so distracting Much of the context was sacrificed to make room for poorly shot action footage and computer generated images of the fancy 3D displays in the control room. Spending a little less on pointless graphics would have freed up some funds to get some stabilizers for the hand held cameras used for the action shots - maybe then they wouldn't have been so blurry and out of focus. However even in shots where the actors were not moving, the drift made it clear they were using still using hand-held cameras and couldn't keep them still. Sacrificing just a few minutes of this for a little context would have made this a much better movie.
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