I bet you 10% of the people that went to see The Hunger Games did not read the book. Even so, pick up the book before you watch the movie, or you won't understand some important scenes( Like my Dad when he took me to see it). The Hunger Games is not a typical sci-fi flick. It is not all about technology, which gets my attention. It's a story about rebellion, love, politics, and adventure.
The film is about 16 year old Katniss Everdeen, who hunts illegally with childhood friend Gale to feed her family: Her mother, and her little sister, Prim. They live in District 12, the poorest district, which, along with the other 11 district, follows the rules of the Capitol. As punishment for rebelling against the Capitol, which resulted in a war, one boy and one girl, aged 12-18, from each of the districts, much participate in The Hunger Games, an annual televised event. The Hunger Games is really just a fight to the death. The hunger games end when one child is left standing.
The Children are chosen to participate by the reaping(lottery). When Prim is chosen, Katniss volunteers the take her place to protect her. The boy from district 12 chosen is Peeta Mellark, who Katniss owns her life to from her childhood. The winner of the games gets money and fame. But Katniss does not want that. She justs wants to go home. The movie is still not as impressive as the book itself, but still amazing, never the less.
Gary Ross shows us he can really direct movies, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was the perfect choice.
Film rating: Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images-all involving teens.