This has to be the most awaited movie of the year. Based on the best-selling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the Hunger Games are now here on the big screen waiting for the world to see.
I was happy to have scored tickets to the premiere of the movie and watched it with my blockmates Ria and Aileen. I haven’t read the book yet, but it came highly recommended by a lot of people.
The Hunger Games is a story set in the not so distant future in a country now known as Panem, ruled by the Capitol and surrounded by 12 districts. Each year, a girl and a boy between the age of 12 to 18 from each district are selected at random to compete at the Hunger Games. These 24 Tributes are subjected to an arena manipulated by Gamemakers, and are tasked to fight to the death until one remains as victor, all televised for the whole country to see.
This brings us to the District 12, on reaping day (the day the tributes are selected) for the seventy-fourth Hunger Games. Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers as tribute in place of her twelve year old sister Primrose (Willow Shields). Together with boy tribute, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutchinson) and their escort Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) and stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) journey to the capitol to embark on the fiercest game of survival.
I have personally enjoyed the Hunger Games movie. It had the right amount of action and depth, and according to my friends, remained faithful to the book. The movie was thrilling and engaging and I was on the edge of my seat, I was anticipating what will happen next in the story. The effects and depiction of Panem was very much alive and seemed to be real.
Even without reading the book, I felt the underlying tones of the book’s real story – of rebellion, capitalism and poverty, though not enough as you need more establishing shots and dialogue for the film. But I understand to put the entire book as it is would cause the film to lengthen, from which it is already 2 and a half hours as it is. Besides its length, there are some things the movie didn’t seem to establish enough like Rue and Katniss’ relationship, and Peeta and Katniss’ relationship. But it left me curious enough to want to read the book to find out more about it.
The movie was really dizzying in the beginning where the technique used were handheld shots with jerky movements. I felt like I wanted to vomit several times. But it thankfully got better in time or I might have gotten used to it so much.
It is definitely the movie to watch out for the year.