Movie Review – The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is a dystopian feature film that follows protagonist Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and supporting protagonist Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). The movie plays out in a fictional city named Panem.

Panem is a futuristic city with 12 districts. As the district number increases, so does the poverty line. We see the people in district 1, as wealthy, stuck up snobs. They have very little care for others and are wasteful towards food and other amenities. Down in district 12, we see a high level of contrast. The people here are living in poverty, but have stronger values and band together as a community.

The actual Hunger Games is an event that occurs every year that involves 12 districts of Panem. As part of the Hunger Games, tributes fight each other to the death, as there can only be 1 victor!

Once every year, each district is required to offer up 2 tributes to take part in the Hunger Games. One tribute must be female and the other must be male. In the higher districts, it is not uncommon for tributes to volunteer to for the Hunger Games as they spend almost all their life training for the Games. As you peer down to the lower districts, names are chosen at random if no one volunteers.

Katniss and Peeta are the tributes from district 12 for this year’s 74th annual Hunger Games, as they leave their district you notice something rather unsettling, they are chauffeured into luxury. Immediately you imagine, oh, maybe the Hunger Games aren’t so bad… Until you remember that they are most certainly on their way to their death.

Once they arrive in the capital, the treatment doesn’t stop, they continue to be pampered and even receive the penthouse suite since the district you are from represents the floor on which you stay.

We then get a sense of the “competition” as all the tributes undertake their training and have a few interviews. I think that it would have been beneifical if we had a little more insight into some of the tributes, however, the other tributes are almost completely brushed over to get to Katniss and Peeta. Admittedly, the story is about them, but I think that insight into what makes some of the other tributes tick would have been valuable.

You will witness the training of the tributes to the battle of the death of these tributes in the battle area. As the tributes enter the battle area, you will be reminded of the most iconic phrase from the Hunger Games: “May the odds be forever in your favor”.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 bandicoots and highly recommend you give it a watch.

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