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Movie Review: 'The Hunger Games' Leaves You Hungry for More

A best-selling young-adult book becomes a movie and is bound to be a hit. It's a survival-of-the-fittest reality show that leaves you craving for more.

It's one of the most anticipated movies in some time, and we have the scoop right here. It has all the elements of a big hit -- teen romance, violence, and action. Mix in some rising young stars and you have "The Hunger Games."

Jennifer Lawrence isn't a household name yet, but she will be. Known to this point for her critically acclaimed role in the film "Winter's Bone," Lawrence plays Katniss, one of two people from her district who must play a nationally televised game, in which there can be just one winner -- the last one living. Equipped with knives, swords, bows, arrows, and other weapons, the massacre begins.

This futurist tale takes place in the country of Panem, after an apocalyptic war. The country is split into 12 districts, with two contestants (ages 12 to 18) being sent to compete in this reality show. Lawrence's partner is Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson. While becoming warriors they fall in love, complicating matters and elevating the story line in the film. This movie has romance, action, danger, expensive CGI, teenage carnage and attractive young leads. With ingredients from Greek mythology, George Orwell, and Stephen King, this will be a popular film for people of all ages.

There will be more movies. The franchise is expected to be compared to such brands as "Twilight" and "Harry Potter." I am confident that mainstream audiences will respond to the moral challenges in the film that churn under the pop-culture razzle-dazzle and CGI. 

"The Hunger Games" gets five out of five on the flick-o-meter, for no other reason than Jennifer Lawrence. She turns the movie into a hit by presenting a heroine propelled by principle instead of hooking up with the cutest boy. A great message and a winner in my book.

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Deborah Drake - Authentic Writing Provokes March 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I'm torn between insisting that we wait a week to see this film, going tomorrow as a family or waiting for more reviews, listening to my gut and saying no to going to my 6th grade daughter. I am having flashbacks of reading Lord of the Flies and 1984 and remembering the chilling film versions of books that were tough reads at points. Why are we so fascinated by violence? Remember that Star Trek episode where the Gladiator Games were broadcast on TV? The recurring themes and the introduction of it to younger and younger audiences leaves me feeling so much. Stay tuned for this parent's review. I could care less how much Hollywood spins a film long before it hits the screen. Teens and Tweens anticipating these films as they did Twilight (vampires) I resisted...and now my own daughter is at that turning point. She's nearly done with the book, which agreed she could read if we kept discussing it. Now it's my turn to keep my part of the bargain and potentially see a movie I will want to walk out of if the violence and gore is as "real and compelling" as movie viewers and reviewers are reporting. Stay tuned.
Michael M March 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I would absolutely recommend that you leave your daughter at home. The movie is quite graphic, as they stayed very true to the book. Violence is always much easier to read than to see. The book itself is absolutely amazing, and the movie really does it justice. I would not recommend seeing it as a family with anyone under 13 (which is the rating). If you really want to get a feel for the movie before seeing it, the book really is not terribly difficult to read, and you could easily read it Ina few days. (of course, however, I couldn't put it down once I started and read it in a night :) ) hope this helps in some way!
bj pearce March 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM
"THE HUNGER GAMES" - If you are not an avid reader and don't know what good literature is; if you have the IQ of a sweet potato or a teeny bopper; if you have no real knowledge of artful cinema; if you thrive on violence, whether in real life or in video games; you will probably like this movie which was written to be nothing more than a "commercially successful venture." while the acting was fairly good, the storyline sucked big time and was ridiculous, at best. (and no i haven't read the whole book yet, but what i have read is certainly no example of good writing.) if this movie and/or book makes billions of dollars, which I'm sure it will, all I can say is that, as a society, we are in deep doo doo! basically, it's a piece of crap thrown out to our young people to make a lot of money, and they have unwittingly fallen for it. do yourself a favor, read a good book, or see a good film. God knows, there are plenty of them out there, but this was certainly not one of them!
kfisher March 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM
if you've already seen the movie and bought or borrowed the book, then i guess you fell for it too.
Jessica Hunger Games March 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Both the book and the movie were absolutely fascinating to me! I think pretty much anyone could handle this movie. I was very worried that I would get grossed-out at the violence, but I wasn't bothered by it at all. The movie was absolutely wonderful and staye pretty true to the book. I would watch this again in a heartbeat.
debra elliff March 25, 2012 at 12:07 AM
i (and all of my kids ages 17, 14 & 8) loved the first book. the up-swing in violence in books 2 & 3 have put them out of reach for the youngest for the time being. i didnt find the violence in the movie too extreme, i was concerned that the movie makers would ennhance it to make up for weak story telling. the downfall of the movie is found in the fact that the book is a first person narration. therein we are privy to the protagonists innner turmoil, her battles with her selfdoubt, her fears for the safety and survival of the ones she loves, the potential cost of her humanity in order to save her life. none of this is translated effectively in the movie. if i had it to do over again, i would skip the film.
Blah March 25, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Who knew bj Pearce was a world renowned book reviewer.
Tableau Your Mind March 25, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I am a big fan of the books, and the movie has left me a little conflicted. It's a good movie, but it also really downplays a lot of the more gruesome elements. http://tableauyourmind.blogspot.com/2012/03/film-review-hunger-games.html

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