In a dystopic future, every year the Capitol forces a teenage boy and girl from each of it’s twelve districts to compete in the televised death match of the Hunger Games. The world watches as Katniss Everdeen weighs up survival against humanity and life against love in the arena.
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An epic start. Powerful, dense, visionary, and excellent are the only words I can describe about this film adaptation of Collins' series about survival, love, & the way how the world works. Cannot wait to see the next entry now.
An ode to Darwinism. Too bad that Suzanne Collins, the writer who wrote the novel and the screenplay, borrowed most of her ideas from former SF novellas and movies. Here I'm referring to Schoedsack's The Most Dangerous Game (1932) for example. Recommended because of Jennifer Lawrence. Only.
I was really excited when I read about the upcoming dystopian films, 2, 3 years ago. And this was the first disapointment. Maybe I should read the books. Because everything about that world is interesting, what the ones in power have created and what society has turned into. But the movie is just an excuse for action and romance. Nothing interesting happens or is learned. Even so, I waited for the second.
Even ignoring some awkward writing/staging, a lot works at cross-purposes: there's a grim premise, apocalyptic images, and gritty camerawork, while one half of the cast looks like they wandered in from a Fellini film and the other from the CW. (It's nothing if not a festival of stars with campy haircuts). But I'm happy to see an action film that isn't in a hurry, and when the action does come, it ain't bad. 3/5.
"The Hunger Games" franchise doesn't understand itself. It presents concepts and seemingly astute social commentary using clever reality television and media perspectives, yet, it fails to comprehend its own material. Rigid acting, utterly ridiculous (and at times completely inexplicable) production design, nauseating camera work and sloppy editing sum up its formal qualities. This being said, it entertained.
Felt like a wimpy version of Battle Royal, and I know that there are countless differences between the two but the similarities are still apparent enough for me to draw comparison. The extreme shaky cam and delirious editing was constantly shying away from showing any actual violence thus keeping the film from being much better than it was. The one thing I did like about it was the acting.
Gary Ross may, perhaps, have been the wrong director for this big screen adaptation of the wildly popular young adult novel, but it works over all. In a dystopian future, 12 districts must offer young tributes to the oppressive Capitol to compete to the death in a brutal spectacle. A bit anticlimactic, but surprisingly gritty, using jarring handheld camerawork and minimal music.