In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. –IMDb
Gary Ross (born November 3, 1956) is an American writer, director, and actor. He is best known for directing Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, both of which featured Tobey Maguire in the lead role. He is also the director and co-screenwriter of the film, The Hunger Games, which was released on March 23, 2012.
Life and career
Ross was born in Castro Valley, California, the son of screenwriter Arthur A. Ross. Ross is Jewish.
Ross’s first produced screenplay was 1988’s Big, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He also received a Best Original Screenplay nomination for 1993’s Dave. He wrote early drafts of 1992’s Mr. Baseball and 1994’s Lassie. He wrote the screenplay for 1998’s Pleasantville, which also marked his directorial debut. In 2003, he wrote, directed and produced Seabiscuit based on Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted… read more
It was like watching two movies back-to-back: the handheld stuff in the first 40 minutes was *really* irritating. But once it settled down and showed off its sci-fi/future-shock leanings, I really started to embrace the story and enjoy it. The separation of the "societies" and the control one has over the other were well-captured. And Peter is a fantastic character, as he does what he has to in order to survive.
Next person who flashes their knowledge-penis with a reference to *that* movie gets thrown to the badly-rendered man/gorilla/dog beasts. Nails the desolation of everything up to the Reaping, but the impact of the Games themselves is lost in tremulous handheld work and the utter slog of Peeta babying around in that fucking cave. SO SHOCKED that that tiny mop-haired kid didn't win, though! He seemed like a safe bet!
I am not one for posting negative reviews but this kinda stuck with me. It is decent in parts but I was disappointed with the film, I found it to be predictable and unspectacular, lacking the punch that a similar film "Battle Royale" possesses. As I say the film is ok in some aspects, the cinematography is great and the soundtrack likewise but nonetheless I finished the film thinking of what could have been.
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Early reviews are surprisingly solid — but of course, that’s only half the story.
With such an intriguing and complex premise, it should be easy for me to avoid comparing The Hunger Games and Battle Royale. However, the similarities between the two stories are unavoidable. Whether… read review
The Peckish Pap Risen. As though “Battle Royale” had never been made, this is more a bored, non-thinking, single-serving bastardised version of what film should be. You deserve being treated as a thinking… read review
In einer Zukunft, in der die USA nicht mehr existiert: Der Staat Panem, bestehend aus zwölf Distrikten und dem alles beherrschenden Kapitol, richtet jedes Jahr die sogenannten Hungerspiele aus. Um… read review