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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

Just another foreign movie ripoff- Spoiler Alert

Author: johnny-407 from United States
19 August 2012

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This awful movie is nothing more than an extremely poor ripoff of Battle Royale. Pretty much a Twilight version of the original Japanese movie.

The characters- especially Peeta- are insipid and the acting- if it can be referred to as such- is awful. Peeta should have been dispensed with at the beginning of the Games. For most of the movie he follows The Twilight character Katniss around like a lost puppy doing little to defend himself or his true love. At almost three hours, there is so much pure fluff that the movie- or is it a "film"?- just drags on. An hour of garbage unnecessary to what little story there is could have been easily cut.

And the Games- what a joke. Battle Royale so far outshines this piece of Hollywood garbage. This movie is yet another in a long line of Hollywood ripoffs of really great foreign movies- Contraband and Dragon Tattoo being just two other examples.

The last 20 minutes of the movie is just plain dumb.

I don't doubt that this movie appeals to the typical American audience. No need to go into that statement.

A "1" rating is way too high for this trash. I'm sure, just as with Twilight, there will be countless sequels. Hollywood has long since lost any creative talent it once had and is now reduced to comic book movies, third remakes of movies and television series not that good to begin with and really awful ripoffs of very good foreign movies.

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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

Remake of Battle Royale (2003)

Author: SUJIT UCHIL from India
10 May 2014

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This film is a remake of the Japanese Movie "Battle Royale" 2000. And even with all the graphics it is not half better than the original one. I had already watched the Jap version before watching this thing. Well the Jap version has no heroes or heroines at the outset unlike the "Hunger Games" where Aberdale is portrayed as a skilled Marksman. And so there is a constant suspense and thrill with the Jap Part. Please take a look at the movie and decide for yourself. Hunger Games is a substandard adaptation and does not even come close. I am more sad that nobody is aware of the actual film. Its the inexplicable ability of "Hunger Games" to fool some people into taking it seriously. I would give this movie a pass and would not bother to see it again.

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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful:

Stolen from Battle Royale

Author: ticklegear from United States
7 August 2012

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This is a watered down version of Japan's Battle Royale from...2000!!!! The author of this tripe claimed she never heard of Battle Royale, yet anyone who has seen Battle Royale will always ask.."Isn't Hunger Games just Battle Royale?" The author maintains her innocence. STFU, you lying thief! The actors do a decent job though. The direction is boring as hell.

The real criminal here is the fraud, Suzanne Collins. I get it that there aren't that many original plot ideas left, but if you're going to blatantly rip another author's work, then at least acknowledge them as your "inspiration" (by inspiration, I mean the sole source of your entire story). This is not the first type of dystopian film involving a last man standing tournament, but this is the first to copy the exact timeline, age of the victims, villains, outcome, and even forest setting. THAT'S WHY it's such a complete rip off.

For example, there are many dystopian films where robots turn against humans. However, if the film involved an assassination robot turned into a bodyguard traveling back in time to save a young boy to alter the future to prevent a robot uprising/apocalypse, you'd say that was either Terminator 2 or a blatant rip off, wouldn't you? I hope you watch Battle Royale and realize that you supported a FRAUD/COPYCAT. Shame on you Collins. You are a worthless C*nt. You're worse than a crappy author. You're a crappy author who STOLE from a far greater talent and took a sh*t on their work, yet you're making millions. F*kn revolting.

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37 out of 55 people found the following review useful:

A dark and plagiarized film pretty much copied from the Japanese film BATTLE ROYALE

Author: Sir_Cellophane_Beak from Aukland
2 April 2012

Love him or hate him, you simply can't ignore him. Gary Ross has a knack for borrowing Kinji Fukasaku's plots (The Gate of Youth, Graveyard of Honor , Crest of Betrayal) and churning them into stylised Hollywood flicks. After the visually enticing, yet story-wise shallow Pleasantville, Ross is back with The Hunger Games.

It is a remake of Battle Royale I have not seen it and I don't think I ever can because I don't know Japanese & I'm not keen in Japanese films and it's annoying watching a film of a different language you can with subtitles but yours eyes will be on the bottom of the screen the whole time. Maybe non-retards can endure it but not the rest of us.

A lot of BATTLE ROYALE fans have a huge problem with The Hunger Games just because it's a remake. It is not a big deal because remakes are a good idea so other people from other countries can watch them, BATTLE ROYALE will be fine its own place and don't watch remakes if it bothers you it is simple as that.

Be it be a copy of BATTLE ROYALE. Hollywood is also planning a rip of the sequel, so what's the fuss all about. Agreed the story is not original, but that's the only weak point of the film. The lead actors give mundane performances, with J-Law being the real eye opener, as frankly I didn't expect such a work by her. The cinematography, direction, back ground score, music are near perfect, which makes The Hunger Games technically impeccable. Harrilson has been sort of wasted. Both the lead actors present a deadly combination of raw power, venerability, and ripping-off others for profit. Gary Ross once again proves that only thing between him and international acclaim is lack of good original scripts. A brave, bold and successful attempt. worth watching. If you haven't seen the original then its a must watch.

A sharp contrast to a recent similar-themed Korean film, The Battle Royale Brigade, whose world pulsated with rich and believable characters.

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

Well, it's no Battle Royale...

Author: wandereramor from Canada
23 May 2012

There's almost nothing to say about a movie like The Hunger Games -- it's been so worked to death to be a successful blockbuster that all of its edges, the things that make a film good or bad, have disappeared. It just exists as a spectacle, a finished product that defies any critical lens.

I could go on about the particulars of the adaptation -- the ridiculousness of the entire Capital setting, or the sometimes disorienting shakycam work, or the great cast of adults patiently playing supporting characters -- or the source material -- the gestures at social commentary, the way that the story protects Katniss from ever having to morally sully herself -- but they all seem to be beside the point. Look. The movie has the things that happened in the book, but in a movie, competently shot and acted, with absolutely no risks taken. If you liked the book, or want to learn what this whole Hunger Games thing is about without having to read the book, you'll probably like this. It's a digestible film, even an enjoyable one, but in the end it's not really interesting or memorable. But to be fair, it wasn't meant to be.

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

BATTLE ROYALE without cheese

Author: riekondoh from London, England
10 February 2015

A "borrowing" of the storyline from the 2000 Japanese film, Battle Royale. Surprised the author wasn't sued. Can't American writers come up with their own ideas? Half the films coming out of Hollywood are nothing more than remakes of Asian and other foreign films. Also the writing was fit for a 10 year old. How is movie about teenagers battling to the death not going to actually show any of the killing?! I paid more attention to it the second time watching and realized that every time someone dies the movie goes silent and cuts away. There is actually only one killing death shown, and it's by accident. The movie did do a good job at not making that noticeable, but it's still a big flaw. And also, why do the tributes have to be teenagers? There was no explanation to that at all. I hope the book explained that somewhat. I thought the end of the tournament was ridiculous. First there could only be one winner, then they announce there can be two, then psych, there can only be one, and then the last two are going to commit suicide, so the government decides two is fine again. If you want to see a far superior movie with practically the same plot then watch Battle Royal. It's subtitled, but it's mostly action anyway so that's not a big deal.

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Plagiarism 101

Author: BikramjeetGrish from Bundelkhand Region
16 January 2015

Why would they remake a film by the master? The whole idea behind remaking films is to remake something that was maybe a good idea but had bad execution. The original BATTLE ROYALE is a 10 top to bottom, story, script, action, actors, direction, why did they try to remake perfection.

JLaw is good but when you start comparing her to the pain and anguish Tatsuyama convaed in the Japanese version there is no way to compare the two. Also I like Gary Ross and some of his work but he was the wrong choice for this.

Still not sure who thought this was a good idea, it's like eating a McRib when you can have Japanese BBQ, which one sounds better to you. Watch the Japanese version.

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Shameless ripoff of Battle Royale. Fairly transparent anyway

Author: Benjamin Mole from Australia
7 September 2014

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I didn't read the book but a movie should be able to stand up on its own. But there were things that you obviously had to read the book to understand. This is a fairly boring movie about a lump of wet newspaper named Katniss who volunteers to be thrown into an arena with a bunch of other children to murder each other for the amusement of the upper class citizens. This movie doesn't rip off Battle Royale so much as it murders it and attempts to wear its skin.

Crazy government act making people fight? Check.

Young innocent character thrown into arena to kill for their life? Check.

Hazards that require characters to keep moving to live? Check.

But this is of course a movie for teenage girls, so it at least drew a nice face on the skin suit so it would scare anyone.

Long story short, a bland movie full of exposition and cliché that should be able to stand on its own and doesn't.

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Boring. A visibly dumbed Battle Royale down for kids.

Author: Cinobite17 from United Kingdom
10 January 2013

So, after all the hype, I just watched The Hunger Games and really wasn't impressed.

It's basically Battle Royale dumbed down for kids. You could clearly see the intent to hide anything that would take it over the 12A/15 certification. Hell even Speed had more verbal and physical violence and that was a 15.

I found it boring. The majority of scenes were silence or dubbed over with gently epic music.

And, throughout, I couldn't help but feel that the whole moral premise was on par with The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE); In order to be successful, you must pander to socially acceptable rules, the way you look and are perceived are the only factors important in your social acceptance not what you can do. Which, personally, I find disgusting.

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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

Plagerised crap

Author: AdidasLoyalty from Ohio
30 July 2014

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This movie is such a complete and utter rip-off of Battle Royale, a real cult classic from Japan. The author of the Hunger Games should be stripped of every cent they made from this movie and the books. Poor acting, BORING story and the costumes are horrible! They actually make the beautiful Elizabeth Banks revolting to the point that it takes away from what movie there is actually to watch. Only reason I didn't give it a 1/10 was because Jennifer Lawrence is pretty good. I'd rather watch Battle Royale and Battle Royale II a hundred times that watch this again. Even the following books/movies are ripped from Battle Royale II, where the kids revolt against the system.

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