Film Review: The Hunger Games

| 22 March , 2012 | 1 Reply

Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 4/5

Have you ever watched a reality television show and wished that the contestants would turn on each other? Forget catty wannabes fighting for a record contract, how about some competition for something that really matters. Imagine it; hair extensions flying, ankles buckling in six inch stilettos, stovepipe jeans tearing under the strain of surprise kung-fu moves. What about a fight to the death?

It kept the Romans amused not that long ago. And one lesson you can be sure to learn from history, is that it has a tendency to repeat itself. In an age when we keep crying out for more, more, more in the name of entertainment: what, if any, boundaries are we going to reach before we stop?

That\’s the question behind new sci-fi fantasy flick The Hunger Games, which is set to fill the empty void left in teenagers and rabid fangirl\’s (and fanboy\’s) hearts by Harry Potter and Twilight.

The Hunger Games is set in the future, but there\’s a strong sense of déjà vu for anyone who paid attention during their history lessons. The future is bleak: North America has collapsed into twelve heavily policed districts, overlorded by the opulent Capital who keeps the districts in poverty to ensure their own prosperity. In retaliation for a violent uprising staged by the districts in the not too distant past, each year the Capital stages The Hunger Games: a televised reality competition in which one boy and one girl from each district are selected at random to fight to the death for public entertainment. When Katniss\’ (Jennifer Lawrence) young sister is selected as a game tribute, Katniss volunteers to take her place, despite knowing she only has a one in twenty-four chance of survival.

Katniss is paired with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) the quiet baker\’s son who seems to hold a flame for her. Or is that just for the cameras? Australian Liam Hemsworth, the younger brother of Thor\’s Chris Hemsworth, stars as Gale: Katniss\’ maybe-more-than best friend. Lawrence is lovely as the tough heroine Katniss, certainly an imposing role to transform from page to screen. But the most enjoyable performances are those of rocker Lenny Kravitz as the insightful stylist Cinna, and Staley Tucci as the delightfully brazen television presenter Caesar Flickerman.

It may have a few (and honestly far between) cringe worthy moments of teenage mush, but The Hunger Games is rousing viewing. Imaginative and intelligent this is a futuristic action packed adventure that is worth your time.

The Hunger Games is in cinemas now.


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