After a failed civil war the land is divided into districts, each of which must provide a male and female for participation in the Hunger Games. Katniss and her friend Peeta are selected to represent their district in the lethal, televised games in which teens fight to the death.
Stanley Tucci (Caesar), Wes Bentley (Seneca), Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Willow Shields (Primrose), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Donald Sutherland (President Snow).
Having not read the book, this film will probably make you want to read it. The story begins with some background but quickly jumps into the action and drama. The film does a very good job of endearing the characters while at the same time providing some good action and suspense. The overall morality of the story is hard to ignore and adds another level of interest and complexity to the film. The story finally ends with a proper ending that hints at more to come.
Lawrence did a nice job with Katniss though she seemed a bit distant at times. Hutcherson fit his role well and played nicely with Lawrence and Harrelson, who was fun in his part. Tucci also did well while Bently did a very good job in his role. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid and felt well practiced.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done throughout the film and displayed good variety with solid attention to detail. Effects, both CGI and physical, were nicely done and brought added depth. Dialogue was good with nice drama and emotion while moving the story along at a good pace. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Overall The Hunger Games was a very enjoyable sci-fi film with a fairly unique and interesting storyline. The film nicely approaches topics such as poverty, starvation, and class disparity while retaining a focus on entertainment and reality. A good film to be enjoyed by those who have read the book along with those who have not.
With violence and some disturbing content involving teens, this should be fine for teens and above.
The Hunger Games is no longer showing in any Littelton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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