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The Hunger Games (2012)

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Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Caesar Flickerman
... Seneca Crane
... Katniss Everdeen
... Primrose Everdeen
... Gale Hawthorne
... Effie Trinket
... Hob Vendor (as Sandra Lafferty)
... Katniss' Mother
... Registration Woman
Sandino Moya-Smith ... Propaganda Film Tribute
... Peeta Mellark
... Peeta's Mother
... Peacekeeper #1
... Peacekeeper #2
... Peacekeeper #3
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Storyline

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 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, rutal 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' 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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Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$152,535,747, 25 March 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$408,010,692

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$694,394,724
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film reunites director Gary Ross with actress Elizabeth Banks from Seabiscuit (2003). See more »

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In Katniss' flashbacks to Peeta feeding pigs at the bakery, Peeta's hair is Josh Hutcherson's brown rather than Peeta's blond. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Seneca Crane: I think it's our tradition. It comes out of a particularly painful part of our history...
Caesar Flickerman: Yes, yes.
Seneca Crane: ...but it's been the way we're able to heal.
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The film opens with a worded passage about the history of the Hunger Games. In the last section, all of the text fades away except for the film's title. See more »

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Written by Gabriel Hubert, Saiph Graves, Amal Hubert, Tycho Cohran, Jafar Graves, Uttama Hubert, Seba Graves and Tarik Graves
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Shame on Gary Ross.
15 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

I watched the movie, expecting it to be terrible. All mainstream cult movies have been terrible so far, with the exceptions of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and George Lucas' Star Wars(the old version). Well, it really lived up to my expectations. Here are the Pros and Cons of The Hunger Games.

Pros:

It made a lot of money.

Cons:

The camera work was terrible. It hurt my eyes the whole time. It felt like the cameraman was dancing. For Saving Private Ryan, it worked. For The Hunger Games, it didn't.

The Acting was terrifying. Especially Prim. She started crying every five seconds. And who's ever heard of a good Josh Hutcherson movie?

The Storyline. Not the actual storyline, but how it was explained in the movie. If you didn't read the book, you didn't understand half the things. Also, the beginning felt like it was already 20 minutes into a movie.

The Special Effects. I have no idea what they were doing, but the fire dress looked unbelievably bad. The special effects could have passed as a SyFy original movie.

The Pg-13 rating. This movie should have been rated R. Just to make more money, Gary Ross made the cameraman dance every time somebody died just to not show the blood or gore. It should have been R. At least he could take out the blood and improve the camera work.

Its soundtrack. This is kinda biased, because I never liked James Newton Howard. All the themes had the same feel and mood. Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, or James Horner could have done a much better job.

Its emotional parts. It really wasn't emotional at all. Partially because of the soundtrack.

Its costume design. The white uniforms looked pretty darn bad. And the people in the Capital. I understand that the Capital fashion is unique, but it's completely overdone.

Jennifer Lawrence. She wasn't hot enough.

Gary Ross ruined his reputation(At least for me) with The Hunger Games. Even Seabiscuit was better. At the time I wrote this review, The Hunger Games had a 7.6 rating. Completely overrated. Hopefully, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, and Peter Jackson will make some good movies this year.


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