The Hunger Games (2012)

The Hunger Games
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Mature themes and violence

Director: Gary Ross
Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Lenny Kravitz

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.

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Status: QuickPick
Run time: 110mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
My Katniss rules
by Simon Miraudo,

Well, I don’t think any of us could have predicted that the film coming to claim the 'Insanely Popular Young Adult Franchise' crown from The Twilight Saga would be this good. Admittedly the bar had been set fairly low, but Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games clears it effortlessly. It introduces us to a strange universe filled with colourful characters, and manages to satirise our own rather astutely in the process. It thrusts us into the middle of a deeply unsettling teen melee, surprisingly pulling few punches and letting blood spill more often than any other recent "family friendly" fare. Most impressively, it features a central female protagonist with actual agency, and strength, and vulnerability, and is theoretically rich enough to garner its performer an Acade...

Well, I don’t think any of us could have predicted that the film coming to claim the 'Insanely Popular Young Adult Franchise' crown from The Twilight Saga would be this good. Admittedly the bar had been set fairly low, but Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games clears it effortlessly. It introduces us to a strange universe filled with colourful characters, and manages to satirise our own rather astutely in the process. It thrusts us into the middle of a deeply unsettling teen melee, surprisingly pulling few punches and letting blood spill more often than any other recent "family friendly" fare. Most impressively, it features a central female protagonist with actual agency, and strength, and vulnerability, and is theoretically rich enough to garner its performer an Academy Award nomination (and that’s something we never said about Twilight). The Hunger Games is not just good in comparison to New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. It’s just plain good. Actually, it's great.

That female protagonist is Katniss Everdeen, and that performer is Jennifer Lawrence, the 21-year-old who earned an Oscar nomination for her stunning lead turn in 2010’s Winter’s Bone (she should have won it too). Rather than using this gig as an easy pay check to justify her indie work, she draws from a similar well of pain in her portrayal of Katniss. With her widowed mother too depressed to do much at all, Katniss must care for her little sister Primrose (Willow Shields), and, being a skilled archer, hunt game for her starving family. It’s a tragic life, and that’s not even accounting for the fact that she will soon see (and inflict) much death in Panem's yearly blood sport.

But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself here. There are likely many who haven’t read the source material yet (as I hadn’t), and don’t know their Panems from their Pandoras. It is the name taken by the nation who has risen from North America's ashes. The people of Panem's 12 Districts are subject to an annual ‘Hunger Games’; a competition in which each District sees one boy and one girl selected via lottery to take part in a battle to the bitter end. This televised reality show – complete with colour commentary – is seemingly the only form of entertainment in this frightening hellscape, although at least it’s not as brain-deadening as Jersey Shore. The irony is that the pained families of each District fully understand that the game is used as a means of suppression; to remind them of their failed uprising against the cruel leaders in the Capitol decades earlier. But how could they possibly not tune in? Their best hope is to pray their children are not chosen for the bloody warfare.

The prayers of the Everdeen family, unfortunately, are not heeded by whatever God would allow this to occur. In her first year of eligibility, Primrose is selected for the showdown by grotesque Mistress of Ceremonies Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). In a final act of protection, Katniss volunteers in her place. She, and local baker Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), are whisked to the Capitol, trained by reluctant mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), groomed by sympathetic stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), treated to extravagant meals, and even shown off on a fun-house mirror version of a late night talk show hosted by Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci, with the most glaring example of a character whose name sounds like slang for genitalia). It’s a pointed and eviscerating spoofery of the Hollywood flesh-parade taken to its logical conclusion: with voracious viewers literally crying out for flesh.  But the pageantry doesn’t last forever. Katniss and Peeta are eventually cast out onto the battleground, and the televisual satire is toned down to make way for the violence, which here holds a serious amount of weight. These deaths actually matter, and when Katniss begins to claim lives, we see the toll they take on her too.

The Hunger Games draws from a vast history of dystopian texts, honouring elements from 1984, The Truman Show, and everything in between. Many have accused it of cribbing rather generously from Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale (which similarly concerned school kids being ordered by the government to kill one another in an isolated arena) and Daniel Minahan’s Series 7: The Contenders (a Survivor-style mockumentary in which innocents are drafted to a reality show where they must murder their competitors). However, it differs enough from those two films to stand proudly as its own thing; though they share core concepts as jumping off points, they’re no more the same flick than Hugo and The Artist are. A premise alone does not account for imagination and execution.

As in his Pleasantville before it, Ross has constructed a visually interesting world to complement the overarching themes of this tale. The action sequences are urgent and brutal (we’ll give a little credit to special guest second unit director Steven Soderbergh too). The screenplay, by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray, is concise and adept at conveying all the required exposition. Though the picture is two–and-a-half-hours long, it feels earned; the story is epic, and never boring. The cast are all impressive; everyone already mentioned, as well as Aussie Liam Hemsworth who briefly appears as the kind-hearted Gale, Katniss’ love interest back home (should we be forced to pick sides, let it be known I’m already on his team). All of these elements combined equal a satisfying YA thriller, but The Hunger Games is more than that. On several occasions, it elicits spine-tingles. The moment when a too-terrified-to-speak Katniss is elevated onto the playing field; when the gravity of a certain kill weighs on our heroine; the finale's last-minute rule change and the way it sets the scene for a devastating face-off. The Hunger Games is a smart satire and a tragic thriller, but above all it’s a movie marvel; particularly in this age when big-budget blockbusters are as vapid as the churned-out faux-reality programming we so cheerfully but thoughtlessly consume.

4/5

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Member Reviews (124)

Loved it really entertaining
Posted Tuesday, 22 April 2014 See my other reviews
Manda
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Average movie. Watched it because of all the hype. I think it is more aimed at the teen age market.
Posted Tuesday, 15 April 2014 See my other reviews
Andrew
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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.
Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 See my other reviews
andrewt
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great movie wasn't what I expected,realy edge of seat movie.
Posted Tuesday, 4 March 2014 See my other reviews
Art S.
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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).
Posted Saturday, 22 February 2014 See my other reviews
Megs
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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.
Posted Wednesday, 12 February 2014 See my other reviews
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
Posted Sunday, 2 February 2014 See my other reviews
Peter Cronshaw
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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!
Posted Saturday, 1 February 2014 See my other reviews
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.
Posted Tuesday, 7 January 2014 See my other reviews
Lynnieb
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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.
Posted Friday, 27 December 2013 See my other reviews
This movie was awesome
Posted Friday, 20 December 2013 See my other reviews
REDS93
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Just loved this movie will certainly going to see the next one. Really really good
Posted Friday, 20 December 2013 See my other reviews
S Close
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More like a G rated sci fi action.
Posted Friday, 20 December 2013 See my other reviews
What was all the fuss about? This movie was long, boring and without action.
Posted Thursday, 19 December 2013 See my other reviews
AMERICAN
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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...
Posted Saturday, 14 December 2013 See my other reviews
very boring movie
Posted Thursday, 12 December 2013 See my other reviews
Really enjoyable movie
Posted Saturday, 7 December 2013 See my other reviews
Very unexpected, but great.
Posted Thursday, 5 December 2013 See my other reviews
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 :)
Posted Thursday, 5 December 2013 See my other reviews
excellent
Posted Friday, 29 November 2013 See my other reviews
uncster
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Awesome movie. Son says it's very close to the book. Can't wait for the next one.
Posted Wednesday, 20 November 2013 See my other reviews
Elaine
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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.
Posted Friday, 15 November 2013 See my other reviews
Peter
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Pretty silly movie
Posted Wednesday, 23 October 2013 See my other reviews
Margaret
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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.
Posted Monday, 21 October 2013 See my other reviews
Cory
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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.
Posted Tuesday, 10 September 2013 See my other reviews
Rob M
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Pretentious garbage. And don't patronise me by saying I didn't understand it. I reiterate: pretentious garbage. A "dystopian future"? Try dysfunctional.
Posted Friday, 14 June 2013 See my other reviews
Craig
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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..
Posted Sunday, 9 June 2013 See my other reviews
Simon
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Didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised
Posted Friday, 17 May 2013 See my other reviews
Good but the book is so much more interesting in it's detail
Posted Monday, 13 May 2013 See my other reviews
Worth seeing
Posted Saturday, 4 May 2013 See my other reviews
PGW
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Crazy concept but good movie.
Posted Tuesday, 30 April 2013 See my other reviews
Cheryl
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Great film waiting g for the sequel
Posted Wednesday, 24 April 2013 See my other reviews
Don't know what all the fuss was about. All terribly predictable.
Posted Thursday, 4 April 2013 See my other reviews
Kaz
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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.
Posted Saturday, 23 March 2013 See my other reviews
brilliant movie I read the books though and the movie brought them to life for me can't wait for the next one
Posted Saturday, 23 March 2013 See my other reviews
Jus
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Not sure what all the hype was about but it was ok...
Posted Tuesday, 19 March 2013 See my other reviews
d
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Well produced movie. Found the content and context disturbing. Who thinks of this stuff??
Posted Thursday, 14 March 2013 See my other reviews
renata
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had to wait to almost the end of the movie for the story to get moving along.
Posted Tuesday, 12 March 2013 See my other reviews
Ros
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loved this movie, interesting take on our society and the reality tv interest
Posted Thursday, 7 March 2013 See my other reviews
Loved it. Even watched it again with my friend! A bit like bladerunner.
Posted Tuesday, 5 March 2013 See my other reviews
Watched it but not impressed with it.
Posted Tuesday, 5 March 2013 See my other reviews
Ana
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Was avoiding this movie due to the hype. But am so glad I gave it a go. It was fantastic. Different and really compelling.
Posted Friday, 22 February 2013 See my other reviews
Alan
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Stupid movie!!!
Posted Monday, 18 February 2013 See my other reviews
Enjoy every moment of this
Posted Wednesday, 13 February 2013 See my other reviews
Mich
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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....
Posted Friday, 8 February 2013 See my other reviews
thilton
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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.
Posted Thursday, 7 February 2013 See my other reviews
Autumn Sadie
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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.
Posted Thursday, 7 February 2013 See my other reviews
mark
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Really good movie keeps you on the edge of your seat
Posted Tuesday, 5 February 2013 See my other reviews
JJ
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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.
Posted Saturday, 2 February 2013 See my other reviews
Antony D
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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...
Posted Tuesday, 29 January 2013 See my other reviews
Good Story and a bit action for us boys.
Posted Sunday, 27 January 2013 See my other reviews
Over-rated rubbish.
Posted Sunday, 27 January 2013 See my other reviews
Heather
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Fantastic Fantastic best movie I have seen in a long time
Posted Wednesday, 16 January 2013 See my other reviews
damn good movie
Posted Wednesday, 16 January 2013 See my other reviews
Joseph
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A formulaic film with a boring cast and terrible acting and dialogue. I really don't care if they release any more.
Posted Tuesday, 15 January 2013 See my other reviews
Nick
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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.
Posted Monday, 14 January 2013 See my other reviews
Steve
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Great. Can't wait for the sequel. Jennifer Lawrence is a talanted actor. Also exceptional in her earlier film "Winter Bones" ( Nominated for an Academy Award.)
Posted Saturday, 5 January 2013 See my other reviews
Neil Parker
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Really enjoyed.
Posted Friday, 4 January 2013 See my other reviews
linda
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was better than i expected, looking forwards to the second one
Posted Monday, 31 December 2012 See my other reviews
Phillip
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Slow start ,appears to be aimed at the teen market with a sequel to follow .
Posted Sunday, 30 December 2012 See my other reviews
Jack
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Awesome film! Awesome fight scenes with awesome blood
Posted Friday, 28 December 2012 See my other reviews
garrett
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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!!?)
Posted Friday, 28 December 2012 See my other reviews
AK.
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This movie should have been banned. Its seriously disturbing. No wonder teenagers get unbalanced views on life.
Posted Sunday, 23 December 2012 See my other reviews
Leslie B.
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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.
Posted Tuesday, 18 December 2012 See my other reviews
Rubbish
Posted Monday, 17 December 2012 See my other reviews
Jan
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refreshing plot - great acting
Posted Monday, 17 December 2012 See my other reviews
Jay
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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. Great stuff.
Posted Friday, 14 December 2012 See my other reviews
Romi
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Truly terrible film. Senseless violence, unlikable and unrealistic characters and an absence of meaningful plot. And the ending?! Did they run out of ideas?
Posted Thursday, 13 December 2012 See my other reviews
Matthew B.
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I had not read the books, but I found this really disappointing. Solutions to conflict were just too easy.
Posted Saturday, 8 December 2012 See my other reviews
Livingwell13
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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.
Posted Saturday, 8 December 2012 See my other reviews
Rob Bowker
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As the movie progressed I began to enjoy it especially as the contestants from District 12 began to develop their romantic interest
Posted Friday, 7 December 2012 See my other reviews
Kaye
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Great movie.
Posted Wednesday, 5 December 2012 See my other reviews
Not bad for an american movie!
Posted Sunday, 2 December 2012 See my other reviews
Tara
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enjoyed this movie with my teenage daughter who thought it was "AWESOME"
Posted Thursday, 29 November 2012 See my other reviews
Excellent
Posted Tuesday, 27 November 2012 See my other reviews
Great movie!!!
Posted Sunday, 25 November 2012 See my other reviews
Lou
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Really enjoyed this movie.
Posted Tuesday, 20 November 2012 See my other reviews
Ann
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I didn't think I'd enjoy this movie but I did. The plot is certainly disturbing but the movie was well executed.
Posted Thursday, 15 November 2012 See my other reviews
pepsi man
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even though i like the action, i did not like children fighting
Posted Wednesday, 14 November 2012 See my other reviews
Bavin
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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.
Posted Tuesday, 13 November 2012 See my other reviews
Lea
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Well made & got me interested even though its not my type of movie.
Posted Tuesday, 13 November 2012 See my other reviews
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.
Posted Tuesday, 6 November 2012 See my other reviews
darthdorian
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I think if i hadn't read the book first i wouldn't have liked it as much. But good acting by all.
Posted Sunday, 28 October 2012 See my other reviews
Noel
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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.
Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 See my other reviews
BH
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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...
Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 See my other reviews
chali
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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.
Posted Tuesday, 16 October 2012 See my other reviews
Faye
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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.
Posted Sunday, 14 October 2012 See my other reviews
loretta
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highly recommend it was awsome
Posted Thursday, 11 October 2012 See my other reviews
sunnycoastgirl
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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.
Posted Thursday, 4 October 2012 See my other reviews
Adrian
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Nice and bleak, just like the novel. Though I thought the representation of city fashions was not quite right, especially with Effie
Posted Wednesday, 3 October 2012 See my other reviews
Kristina
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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.
Posted Monday, 1 October 2012 See my other reviews
Steve
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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.
Posted Monday, 1 October 2012 See my other reviews
Ron
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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.
Posted Sunday, 30 September 2012 See my other reviews
Jojo
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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.
Posted Saturday, 29 September 2012 See my other reviews
Bee Hewitt
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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 stars.
Posted Saturday, 29 September 2012 See my other reviews
Batmo
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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
Posted Friday, 28 September 2012 See my other reviews
bi
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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!!!
Posted Thursday, 27 September 2012 See my other reviews
Really good, a change from the norm
Posted Thursday, 27 September 2012 See my other reviews
Em
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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.
Posted Tuesday, 25 September 2012 See my other reviews
Children killing children. Is a movie we need in the world??
Posted Monday, 24 September 2012 See my other reviews
Bev M
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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 ?????
Posted Sunday, 23 September 2012 See my other reviews
Rachel
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This was very thought provoking, and could watch more than one time. Fantastic film. Not as gory as i was thinking which was great.
Posted Wednesday, 19 September 2012 See my other reviews
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.
Posted Wednesday, 12 September 2012 See my other reviews
Alfred
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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.
Posted Tuesday, 11 September 2012 See my other reviews
Lozi
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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
Posted Monday, 10 September 2012 See my other reviews
PeterF
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Over-produced, predictable, trite American drivel. Woody Harrelson was the only drawcard...
Posted Saturday, 8 September 2012 See my other reviews
Wl
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I expected more but good entertainment not suitable for family watching but older teens would love it
Posted Friday, 7 September 2012 See my other reviews
Colin Mac
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A reasonable movie spoilt by Blare Witch type camera work..... Very annoying!
Posted Monday, 3 September 2012 See my other reviews
John
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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.
Posted Sunday, 2 September 2012 See my other reviews
Bron
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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!
Posted Sunday, 2 September 2012 See my other reviews
Heather
says
very good movie enjoyed very much.
Posted Friday, 31 August 2012 See my other reviews
jtbug
says
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.
Posted Friday, 31 August 2012 See my other reviews
Jessica
says
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.
Posted Tuesday, 28 August 2012 See my other reviews
Lyn
says
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.
Posted Monday, 27 August 2012 See my other reviews
D.M.
says
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.
Posted Monday, 27 August 2012 See my other reviews
Kazza
says
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.
Posted Friday, 24 August 2012 See my other reviews
stuart
says
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.
Posted Thursday, 23 August 2012 See my other reviews
Johnson
says
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.
Posted Thursday, 23 August 2012 See my other reviews
kimbo
says
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
Posted Tuesday, 21 August 2012 See my other reviews
Sam
says
Unfortunately a poor reproduction of the book, it's always hard to do convert them to film though isn't it.
Posted Tuesday, 21 August 2012 See my other reviews
Great movie
Posted Tuesday, 21 August 2012 See my other reviews
Hayley
says
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.
Posted Saturday, 18 August 2012 See my other reviews
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.
Posted Tuesday, 31 July 2012 See my other reviews
Steph
says
Cannot wait to watch this again!!!!
Posted Thursday, 26 April 2012 See my other reviews