THE HUNGER GAMES (12)
D: Gary Ross
Lions Gate/Color Force (Nina Jacobson & Jon
W: Gary Ross, Billy Ray & Suzanne Collins [based on the
novel by Suzanne Collins]
DP: Tom Stern
Ed: Stephen Mirrione & Juliette Welfling
Mus: James Newton Howard
PD: Philip Messina
Cos: Judianna Makovsky
Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta
Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), Wes Bentley (Seneca
Crane), Donald Sutherland (President Coriolanus Snow)
futuristic planet is split into districts. Every year, two juvenile members are picked from each district to enter a battle to the death. The participants are paraded as though they're
celebrities, with the eventually winners guaranteed a life of luxury.
I've not read the book this is based on but 60 million kids
have. I probably won't read the book because the whole storyline is a pastiche of other, better films and books. It's 1984, Lord Of The Flies, The Running Man & Battle Royale with a
Twilightesque romance chucked in.
Saying that, the movie itself isn't bad- it has a lot of Terry
Gilliam style visuals of a dystopian future, the acting & production values are good and it's reasonably paced (a little slow in places).
Perhaps this is film which you need to read the book for
first, it just seemed a lot was missing or not completely explained, but Jennifer Lawrence delivers a good performance with a screenplay which doesn't particularly help her and the ending just
seemed to be lacking something.
On the whole, it was enjoyable, but not fantastic- I'd be more
likely to recommend Battle Royale instead (but not for kids, that would just be mean).