From the very first day i heard there was a movie coming called "The Hunger games", i was curious to know what the movie was about. I came to know its based on a young adult novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The novel had received some criticism for being similar to "Battle Royale", a Japanese movie that i saw few years back. I was slightly let down to know that because the movie was almost similar to an already well known film. But my interest was again revived after i heard the young main cast was going to be Jennifer Lawrence (oscar nominated for Winter's Bone) in the role of the protagonist Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson (brilliant in Bridge to Terabithia) as Peeta Mellark.
The movie is directed by Gary Ross (oscar nominated for Seabiscuit). Set in the nation of Panem (a nation with a rich city Capitol and 12 poor districts) which saw an uprising from these 12 districts many years back, the movie follows the life of Katniss Everdeen and how she ended up in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are an annual event which are held by the Capitol as a punishment for the districts for the rebellion. 12 boys and 12 girls between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected from each district to represent their district in the Hunger Games as "tributes", which is a game of "fight to the death" with the last surviving person as the winner. From the District 12, Katniss and Peeta are selected in the process of selection called "The Reaping". The Hunger Games are not just any games, they are highly popular among the people of Capitol and it is viewed on television like a normal reality program.
The movie is made on the first novel of the trilogy. The most remarkable thing about the movie is how it completely makes us believe in the unsettling and brutal side of humans. And i loved how the movie mocks the ever increasing inhumaneness of this world. The fictional world created is also fascinating which shows the ostentatious society of dolled up people of the Capitol. Though the movie is similar to the concept of "Battle Royale", its completely different in execution with more emphasize on the human side.
This a pretty cool and entertaining movie which keeps us guessing what will happen next even though we might know what is coming. I loved the performance by the two leads and also the amazing Woody Harrelson in the role of their mentor for the Games. Overall the movie is gripping and lived up to my expectations.
Who should watch?
If you are a sci-fi and fiction lover you are definitely going to like it but if you easily get distracted or impatient from the movies with unconventional ideas or themes this not for you.
Genre - Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Director - Gary Ross
Stars - Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
Country - USA
Language - English
Runtime - 142 minutes