Insipid. Lackluster performances, no chemistry. Always a problem trying to dram a whole novel into the time available for a movie.
Enjoyed this movie - better than expected.
Loved it really entertaining
Average movie. Watched it because of all the hype. I think it is more aimed at the teen age market.
My daughter warned me that I was probably too old to appreciate this film, but surprisingly it was much better than expected, although the suspense factor was minimal.
great movie wasn't what I expected,realy edge of seat movie.
I’ve never read the book and I resisted this like I resisted Twilight and Harry Potter – do I need to expose myself to Young Adult fiction at my age? However, I caved, because I enjoyed Jennifer Lawrence’s performances in Silver Linings Playbook and Winter’s Bone. In fact, I thought I was watching Winter’s Bone again when this film started in what seemed to be Appalachia (but is called District 12). The post-apocalpytic future looks pretty grim – the 1% appear to have taken over everything and they wear very gaudy make-up. Some regional areas of the US apparently rose up against the gov’t, lost in that cause, and now must sacrifice two teenagers (who go on to a battle to the death that also involves survival skills). Everything is on TV and meticulously stage managed for a blood-thirsty public. The satire is old hat and the direction is ho hum but the adventure story is enjoyable, particularly because of Lawrence and, surprisingly, Woody Harrelson. I’m not sure we need a sequel (or three).
Loved this film.
It had everything! Fantasy..action..suspense..family & lots of heart.
I'd buy this just to watch it when I need reminding that humanity rules.
I thought this was a pretty good adaptation of the book. A little narration by the main character, Katniss, might have given a bit more depth since the books are all written in first person, but the filmmakers have done well bringing this to the screen, the characters look and behave just as described in the books, and they stay pretty much on par with t
I enjoyed this movie much more than I thought I would.Peoples obsession with sport & the devolution of the human species is bound to evolve into some scenario like this in a dystopian future.The sequel is in my queue.Our own Damon Herriman pops up in it.Loved it!
I loved this. I hadn't read the books and was a little put off by all the hype but in the end I was simply enthralled.
People seemed to love it or hate it. I didn't love it. I hate movies showing the worse of human nature and this does show that.
Just loved this movie will certainly going to see the next one. Really really good
More like a G rated sci fi action.
What was all the fuss about? This movie was long, boring and without action.
This film is SOOOO American, the story and the culture depicted...Based on some novel I did not read. Shows vanity and superficiality of some stratas of the society and the Big Brother's manipulations behind the curtains, etc. A parable on modern life, perhaps...
Yes, indeed, Gladiatoriar fights meet Big Brother and the Truman Show...
Very unexpected, but great.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS MOVIE, unlike anything i have seen before, i wasnt in to the hype surrounding the film but then when i watched it i was hooked and went to see number two the next day :) fab acting by Jen :)
Awesome movie. Son says it's very close to the book. Can't wait for the next one.
This has had mixed reviews and I can see why. It is a polarising movie depending on whether you are expecting a fantasy adventure or something a little deeper. As the former it is not exiting or adventurous enough. But for me it was a chilling indictment of the reality TV so many people today enjoy. This movie takes that to the next step. The frivolous high rollers in the cities see these kids fighting for survival as we see the current reality shows - with no care or understanding for the people putting their lives on the line and no concept at all of the burdensome lives these kids and their families live in the provinces to provide these city types with their lifestyle. Just as we ignore the conditions in 3rd world sweat shops producing our Nikes and designer technology. The movie also has a lot to say about loyalty, not having to be what people expect of you and living by your own values not stooping to follow those of others no matter what the cost. I liked it - its not a great movie but it is trying to say something about the shallow thrill seeking times we live in - where a 15 year old girl can be hounded to death on social media - the Hunger Games may not be that far in the future.
I really enjoyed this movie,It did keep me interested right through,my husband does not watch these sort so on with the headphones and sit back and enjoy.
Twenty four teenagers from twelve distracts are forced to fight to the death as punishment for an uprising 73 years earlier whilst the world watches the 'entertainment'. The first film in a set of three films (the next being Mocking Jay) and suitable for teenagers or adults alike.
Hunger Games was a great movie, enjoyable, the kind of film you can settle down, relax and just watch. Are there things in here you could question? Yeah. Sure. But you can do that for any film.
It does bring up a number of hard questions and for some people watching teenagers fight to the death will be confronting. But that's the point of the film. If you want to think about it... it does ask you to think about society in general. But it doesn't force it on you. You can enjoy the film or you can go away and think about how it exaggerates aspects of our own society.
If thinking isn't what you're wanting... you can just enjoy the film.
I am pretty amused by the reviews below. They complain it's a 'dystopian future' and then claim that the movie has missed the mark because the society portrayed in Hunger Games is 'dysfunctional' ... but the very definition of dystopia is "A dystopia is a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of a utopia."
So it's kind of amusing.
Looking forward to the next film.
Pretentious garbage. And don't patronise me by saying I didn't understand it. I reiterate: pretentious garbage. A "dystopian future"? Try dysfunctional.
OK - very slow burn to the start, but eventually started to pick up and the actors were capable. Haven't read the books, but a fan of sci-fi, so maybe that's why I didn't seem to have any trouble putting together the back-story as some reviewers seemed to. You'd have to wonder at a society that turns teenagers killing teenagers into a spectator sport, but I guess this is all about life in a dystopia..
Didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised
Good but the book is so much more interesting in it's detail
Crazy concept but good movie.
Great film waiting g for the sequel
Don't know what all the fuss was about. All terribly predictable.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this movie although I found the ending to be unsatisfactory. It was like they were trying to finish it in a hurry and left it up in the air.
brilliant movie I read the books though and the movie brought them to life for me can't wait for the next one
Not sure what all the hype was about but it was ok...
Well produced movie. Found the content and context disturbing. Who thinks of this stuff??
had to wait to almost the end of the movie for the story to get moving along.
loved this movie, interesting take on our society and the reality tv interest
Loved it. Even watched it again with my friend! A bit like bladerunner.
Watched it but not impressed with it.
Was avoiding this movie due to the hype. But am so glad I gave it a go. It was fantastic. Different and really compelling.
Enjoy every moment of this
I didn't think this movie would interest me much but in the end, thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending was very cut-off and I assume there will be a sequel....
great movie of extremes in human nature, great example of how if we alow fear to dictate our lives how we can very quickly slip from ethics and integrity to do things you'd never otherwise imagine.
A surprisingly good film! I was wary since it did so well with the masses, but this film has wonderful overtones of the bourgeoisie/ proletariat struggle, works in elements of concentration camps and the psychology of TV/ media. A very clever film. Beautifully filmed, well acted and an impressive (unpredictable) storyline. Is there a sequel? 4 stars.
Really good movie keeps you on the edge of your seat
Based on a fantastic series of books, the film did a good job at adapting the books to a movie. If you've read the books you do get more of the back story as to what is happening and why so good idea to read them but not strictly needed. Action packed and believable. The subject matter makes it unsuitable for younger audiences but I'd recommend it to adults to see.
Acting - very believable, aimed at teen-audience
Story line quite good.. (spoilers!!)
"What if.. 2 people (of 12-18rs old - yep teenagers) are chosen to fight to the death... so sacrifice 2 ppl each 'tribe' (24 in total) to prevent the death of 1000s in war....
The story line was predictable in that we all knew who was gonna win, however, there were plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing HOW they would make it to the end..
Sadly the SFX (altough impressive) was not believable... Creating fire on command ..ok..., but doglike monsters out of thin air NO!
Still looking forward to the sequel...
Also a bit short...
Good Story and a bit action for us boys.
Fantastic Fantastic best movie I have seen in a long time
A formulaic film with a boring cast and terrible acting and dialogue. I really don't care if they release any more.
Very odd film. Really dark subject but aimed at teens? The city scenes are just weird with crazy constumes, make up etc. You knew who was going to win, little suspense. Good direction however. Will watch the sequels just to see where they go next.
Great. Can't wait for the sequel. Jennifer Lawrence is a talanted actor.
Also exceptional in her earlier film "Winter Bones" ( Nominated for an
was better than i expected, looking forwards to the second one
Slow start ,appears to be aimed at the teen market with a sequel to follow .
Awesome film! Awesome fight scenes with awesome blood
As one reviewer said - like a car crash - morbidly fascinating. I thought it was quite a disturbing storyline , tho the actors were good . If they make a sequel I dont think I'll bother watching it (unless they overthrow the government!!?)
This movie should have been banned.
Its seriously disturbing.
No wonder teenagers get unbalanced views on life.
I never really thought much of the promos, but I was intrigued still and watched it. I ended up thinking it was better than I had expected, not too over the top. I would give it 4stars.
refreshing plot - great acting
I actually avoided seeing the hunger games upon its release, but even afterwards, it was kicking up dust in the pop culture, I decided to drop my life for a few hours and see what all the fuss was about.
And although I haven't read the book, I was thoroughly thrilled with the result.
Truly terrible film. Senseless violence, unlikable and unrealistic characters and an absence of meaningful plot. And the ending?! Did they run out of ideas?
I had not read the books, but I found this really disappointing. Solutions to conflict were just too easy.
Absolutely fantastic movie. The horror of children killing children and the decadence and depravity of the people in the Capital, is a chilling portrayal of slavery and genocide. The boredom of the rich people needing such horrific entertainment is a reminder of how we have been in the past and probably still are in the present. The movie was very similar to the book, which really goes a long to explain how all this happened. The books were brilliant. Sort of like a car crash; horrifyingly fascinating. I couldn't put them down, even though there were parts of it that absolutely shocked and appalled me. I'm looking forward to the second movie.
As the movie progressed I began to enjoy it especially as the contestants from District 12 began to develop their romantic interest
Not bad for an american movie!
enjoyed this movie with my teenage daughter who thought it was "AWESOME"
Really enjoyed this movie.
I didn't think I'd enjoy this movie but I did. The plot is certainly disturbing but the movie was well executed.
even though i like the action, i did not like children fighting
Set in a future time when people are chosen at random to battle to the death for the entertainment of others. The build-up got quite ridiculous at times and so didn't engage me, but when the "game" started it got quite tense even though you know the ending. The film-makers could have made something of the disparity between the strangely-dressed privileged ones and the impoverished workers but didn't. This film is entertaining but is a bit one-dimensional.
Well made & got me interested even though its not my type of movie.
Haven't read the books so was eager to watch the movie. Didn't disappoint. The actors all did a splendid job and the tension was well maintained. Looking forward to the sequel.
I think if i hadn't read the book first i wouldn't have liked it as much. But good acting by all.
OK the story is not new and the plot was pretty predictable, however even if you have heard a joke before, if it is told well you will still get a laugh. This film is like that. Very well acted and directed, special effects were up to par, overall a very enjoyable watch.
i fail to rate this movie as although it is a well done movie, the story confuses my senses in the way that little kids....babies were placed into such a predicament by lustful adults...
I know this is a "teen" movie, but if you don't know the ending, the first time you watch The Hunger Games is as suspenseful as any thriller. I was completely hooked. Great performances by the actors, especially Lenny Kravitz and the lead chick. Loved it.
Have not read the book but the movie displayed human nature's primeval instincts of survival, developing alliances and pack hunting etc very well. Had undertones of the book "Lord of the Flies" and the reality TV show "Survivor". Shows why we still have illegal cock fighting, game shooting and blood sports like boxing. Not good to watch if you've got the kids around as it is quite sad and disturbing watching kids killing each other.
highly recommend it was awsome
Quite surprised by this one. Myself and my hubby enjoyed watching this even though I put in the in the cue for my daughter which we decided after watching it that we thought best that she didn'nt watch it. Put it in your cue and enjoy.
Nice and bleak, just like the novel. Though I thought the representation of city fashions was not quite right, especially with Effie
This was a movie that I really enjoyed. It had dark concepts in it and is definitely not for the younger viewers. Well worth a watch.
Very slow to start and wasted time building connections between contestants, but once they finally got going, was a very good movie. Kids said 5, but due to slow start, a 4.
Since when did killing people become a form of entertainment? Oh wait, it already is & has been for thousands of years. From the gladiators in ancient Rome to the daily staple of murder & crime shows on TV & cinema this movie is, in some ways, nothing different. There's much debate over whether there are some subtle undertones here - about rich people who have everything they want, supplied by the poor & miserable struggling to survive for their very entertainment. Sad & sick, but possibly quite poignant.
I was falling asleep through this movie (not because of the movie) and what I did see of it was interesting. It is not a new concept for a film (anyone remember Turkey Shoot?) but it is a tad disturbing because it involves children (be they teenager or younger) I thought it was ok.
I found the storyline distressing and suspenseful, at the same time intriguing and
hopeful. This movie glorifies some killings, making some acts of self survival and others brutal and uncaring. I feel the script writer portrayed human nature agonisingly well, captivating my attention right to the end, which is why I gave it 4
Rating is R 4 rubbish. Outa this world rubbish. Could keep on going but wots the point will not make it any better.
But watch it for sure and you 2 can waste a nite specially if you could have watched something else
i feel so sick, they are only children but more like animals or even less. being in the game is horrible enough, even worst they have to make those people like them, and i don't see they are getting any sponsors at all! horrible sick movie shouldn't be rated M, should be R for restricted or rubbish!!!
Really good, a change from the norm
I loved the book but when it comes to turning a book into a movie hard to stay true to the story. There just isn't the time to build the characters or storyline like there is in a book. I found the movie to be quite good though but the stoyline was not anywhere near as deep or rich as it was in the book. If you haven't read the book then I think you will really like this movie, if you have read it then I think you will still enjoy the movie but miss the deep storyline.
Children killing children. Is a movie we need in the world??
Call me a 59yr old fuddy-duddy, I did not approve of this movie.
If you are one of the human begins who watch on while someone is
fighting and been recorded on mobile phone. You may enjoy this.
It is a sick mind who wrote this book and now a movie.
I have thought if it was made animation or animals would it be okay ?????
This was very thought provoking, and could watch more than one time. Fantastic film. Not as gory as i was thinking which was great.
Extremely disturbing seeing children killing one another. How can that be called entertainment?
Hated it from beginning to end.
Would give it 0 stars if I could.
Good sci-fi. I'm not sure about the costumes and hairstyles.
It was well played and there was reminiscence of the roman gladiator days in a futuristic context.
The movie did keep my interest to the end. The romantic ending? Well I'm not sure.
I enjoyed this movie. I expected it to be more gruesome and was glad that it was not. Reminded me of the movie Arena - but was much easier to watch
Over-produced, predictable, trite American drivel. Woody Harrelson was the only drawcard...
I expected more but good entertainment not suitable for family watching but older teens would love it
A reasonable movie spoilt by Blare Witch type camera work..... Very annoying!
Take out anything that was designed for 'young adults' and simply make a movie and id probably like it more. that said the character development was commendable and not one-dimensional and that alone is worth 3/5. I dont really like the story, I thought the truman show was simply better in every other respect.
I really liked this movie, but if that's what we're going to be wearing in the future, I don't wanna be there!
very good movie enjoyed very much.
Not just one for the younger viewers (the really young may find some of the children murder scenes a tad distressing) this is one great adventure film. Jennifer Lawrence was great to watch in Winter's Bone and she's equally engaging in this. Don't see how they can drag it out for a few more movies but it will be interesting to see.
The books are alot better then the movie but they always are. The movie also was different in some aspects to the book, like how she gets the mockingjay pin. Acting was good but a little lacking at some points.
A reasonable adaptation, but I preferred the book. I found some of the stylistic choices irritating - the peacekeepers' uniform, District 12 clothes looking like something from the 1930s Depression, Haymitch's hair and the ridiculous appearance of Capitol residents. For me the look of the film detrated from the story.
The movie was really good to watch after reading the novel. The novel has more in it, but for the two hours or so that this movie runs, the main is covered by the movie. Both novel and movie are both moving experiences. An extremely well-made film and well worth seeing.
Not a book reader, so thoroughly enjoyed movie, also love action packed, fighting types so loved it but then this year there doesn't seem to be many good movies, I found this one of the better this year along with Battleship in a different way, of course.
a fair interpretation of the book, although it really doesn't do the book justice. If you enjoyed this movie you will LOVE the book, which has so much more in it.
I haven't read the book, but as a stand-alone movie it's hugely entertaining. The shaky-cam footage is a bit much at times, but it progresses well and the lead actress is superb. Four stars.
Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match. Over-hyped, overated and overindulgence. What a letdown
Unfortunately a poor reproduction of the book, it's always hard to do convert them to film though isn't it.
My absolute favourite movie!! If you haven't already definitely read the books as always they are better. Do yourself a favour and watch this movie, you won't be dissappointed.
Have seen this already. Must say the theme is a bit disturbing . In a futuristic (post apocalyptic ?) setting ,reluctant young adults are selected and required to fight to the death, as some kind of social mechanism to keep the vanquished hordes under control. Isnt this similar to what the Romans did in the Collusseum shortly before their empire imploded?
Are we seeing the electronic equivalent of gladiators and the act of killing other people as a form of entertainment ?
Go ahead , watch it and see if you feel the same way.
Cannot wait to watch this again!!!!