Hard to know how seriously to take this film's politics. It implicates us as viewers by getting us to enjoy the violence it's supposedly critiquing. But it basically mirrors the onscreen dictatorship in making this violence palatable to its PG audience. Also, what's up with the gender politics: the depiction of embattled poor as heteronormative Aryans vs. the queerest oppressors this side of a Derek Jarman film?
Le prototype parfait du film méticuleusement calibré pour induire un vaste succès commercial, tout en gardant quelques indéniables prérogatives artistiques liées à la qualité de l'interprétation, à la roublardise cinématographique et à l'évidente adhésion identificatoire du spectateur adolescent, voire adulte... www.cinefiches.com
Young adult version of "Battle Royale", "Running Man" and "The Most Dangerous Game" is actually pretty powerful stuff as it tells about a futuristic society where teenagers has to compete against each other in a fight to the death on reality TV. It makes for something different to see young people killing each other even if it is not an unique idea, but the film should have been even more brutal.
Una copia americanizzata di "Battle Royale", sia della versione letteraria di Takami, che della pellicola di Fukasaku. L'idea, per quanto non originale, è sempre affascinante, ma trovo che il suo vero potenziale sia stato sottosfruttato. Molte cose potevano essere rese molto più interessanti ed imprevedibili, spero che i sequel siano meglio. Che spreco.
Immersive, genuine escapism + a fun ride. Loved the kooky interpretation of fashion, true to how style is cyclical yet reinterpreted + taken to another level. The gritty, documentary-like camerawork played nicely against the settings, especially when a lot of films set in the future feel overly slick. Jennifer Lawrence's performance is potent. Actually, everyone's a joy to watch in this.
There's no doubt it's an exploitation of the exploitation, and that Roger Corman would've probably produced/directed a much better version of it. But JL definitely uplifts this flick with her acting as well as Woody Harrelson, both fighting against rather limited characters. Poor screenplay and average directing don't help, but movie sometimes sparks up moments of tension. It is what it is, and nothing more.
Compared to the bloat final two in the series, this has an "indie" feel to it and a leaner, cleaner story. Jennifer Lawrence elevates this franchise due to her career defining performance. More edgy and violent than you would expect given the target audience - the first 5mins of the games themselves are quite shocking.