Special features: Game maker: Suzanne Collins and "The hunger games" phenomenon; The world is watching: making "The hunger games"; letters from the Rose Garden; controlling the games; a conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell; propaganda film; marketing archive.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson.
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.
The movie was entertaining, but don't expect it to completely follow the book. The general story line is there but there are many differences. The actors do a good job, and overall a pretty good movie.
Of course the movie is never as good as the book, but this is a pretty good screen adaptation of a great book. In a future version of North America (now Panem) the population has been reduced to 12 districts controlled by a corrupt capital government. Every year, a male and female tribute from each district are selected to fight to the death for the entertainment of the privileged citizens of the capital. So much of the book is told through Katiniss' inner thoughts, I was worried this wouldn't translate but it's good! A captivating story told with moral insights. I can't wait for Catching Fire!
Discrepancies between the film and the book are a little frustrating, but I think the movie captured the spirit and feel of the book. Character development is sacrificed for a faster-moving story, and some of the social commentary is missing from the film... but it's still worth watching!
This move was fantastic! Although, I do have to admit that the book itself was better. They did make it as close as possible to the movie (film adaptation). I think anybody who likes survival, action and suspense will love this movie! However, I do recommend reading the book first.
Loved this movie! Of course the book is more amazing as you can get into Katniss's head and hear her thoughts. They did a great job translating to film and I appreciate the effort taken not to make the subject darker than it is. Great acting! But also read the book.
This is probably the best book to film adaptation I've ever seen. They did a great job of keeping the majority of the elements from the book in, and it felt really respectful to fans of the series. Jennifer Lawrence was the perfect Katniss, and while I didn't think Josh Hutcherson was bulky enough to play Peeta, he did grow on me in the end. I can't wait for the next movie!
I cannot believe that one of the reviewers (loving jinny) wrote that this movie was fun. That's just about the last word that describes it! It's thought-provoking, intelligent, violent, many things... But fun it ISN'T. Jinny, if you found this fun, you need serious help.
submitted by kimberlina on August 24, 2012, 12:31 pm
A suspenseful story of 24 young people fighting for their lives in the wilderness as part of an annual "game". Despite the heart-wrenching premise behind the story, I was left with a feeling of hope. Graphic violence.
when i saw this movie at Q16, i noticed that the plot was very different from most movies i watch. usually i can predict what happens, but in the hunger games, i was hanging on the edge of my seat. after watching this film, i immediately read the book which in my opinion was slightly better. my favorite part was, of course, the actual games. some parts were quite sad however.