Panem : Fight 74

I wrote this review Friday, and am making the decision to leave it from the perspective of someone who had no idea exactly how well The Hunger Games would do this past weekend.

The Hunger Games is going to absolutely kill at the box office this weekend and easily come out of its first two weeks as the biggest film of the year.
If you’re not already familiar with the story, it takes place in a sort of rebuilt post-apocalyptic society where there are a capital and twelve districts. The capital is populated by the rich and privileged while the other twelve districts are mostly at varying levels of poverty, seemingly poorer as the number increases.
In order to keep the people down, post quelled rebellion, the capital instituted The Hunger Games, a yearly event where two 12-18 year olds from each district , a boy and a girl, are chosen to go to the capital and compete in a fight for survival in a large arena where there’s a single victor.

In the poor mining district that is 12, lives Katniss Everdeen, a young girl that takes care of her mother and her sister since her father died in a coal mining accident.
At that years annual ceremony to chose the district’s representatives for The Hunger Games Katniss’ little sister Prim is chosen, so Katniss volunteers to take her place. The rest is about her experience leading up to and during The Hunger Games.


  • I read the book this was adapted from and they did a great job of translating the main ideas of The Hunger Games to the screen.
  • Katniss’ relationship with Rue. This is a relationship they nailed. You don’t have to read Katniss’ thoughts about Rue reminding her of Prim to get the emotional connection here. The sequence with Rue was probably my favorite of the entire movie.


  • It’s most likely because the story is so action oriented, but it’s hard to do everything in a book movie well. The relationships in this were a little rushed and unbelievable. In the book there’s a lot of inner monologue from Katniss about Peeta, the other tribute from her district, and in the movie it’s very “screw Peeta… I love you Peeta”
  • The directing is kind of crap. There’s so many damn close ups for no reason at all, and when something starts happening in the arena the camera man seems to have a seizure. When did Tony Scott’s action style become the benchmark?

I liked The Hunger Games, but I didn’t love it. I also think it might be tough for people that didn’t read the book to really get into it, because if you didn’t read the book then it’s much harder to fill in the blanks like someone that has. John Carter was a better movie, so it’s sad that it failed so hard in comparison.

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