The Hunger Games — March 23, 2012

The movie is based of of a series of three books written by Suzanne Collins.  The movie is set in a future where the Capitol of the the nation of Panem  selects a boy and girl from each of the twelve districts to fight.  Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the 74th annual Hunger Games.  The back story is that the people had led a revolt against the Capitol and lost.  In order to keep the people under their control, the Capitol created the Hunger Games where 24 children between the ages of 12 and 18 were to be selected and fight one another until they were the last one still alive.  This sort of human sacrifice was to be the people’s punishment.

The action level in the movie is high.  The romance level in the movie is there.  And you get your moneys worth when you go to see it.  I did not go to see the midnight showing of The Hunger Games, but before seeing it people had told me that it rivaled Harry Potter, and being a huge Harry Potter fan, I held this movie up to a pretty high standard.  I LOVED this movie.  It is up there in the ranks with Harry Potter, but it has a different element to it, a different story line, a different way to make you fall in love with its characters and to feel like you are really there, experiencing what they feel and seeing what they see.  This movie draws you in and makes you jump.  You sit there in the theater, enthralled for two and a half hours as you watch the hero struggle, and then you watch them win.  This movie is definitely one that I would recommend seeing and then owning.  I will be reading these books soon and can’t wait for the next Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, to be released.

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Books in order:
— The Hunger Games
— Catching Fire
— Mockingjay

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