The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games

Sci-fi thriller set in post-apocalyptic America that sees a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence from Winter's Bone) being drafted into a brutal, fight-to-the-death, reality TV show. Based on Suzanne Collins' hugely popular teen novels, from the director of Pleasantville.

In the face of drought, fire and famine America has crumbled and been replaced by the Capitol, a regime that ruthlessly controls the country. Each year, two residents from twelve districts are selected and forced to fight one another in the televised 'Hunger Games' - a twisted punishment for the citizen's past uprisings. When Katniss Everdeen's (Lawrence) younger sister is selected to participate, Katniss volunteers to take her place, pitting herself against highly-trained competitors who have prepared for the Games their whole lives.

The film is adapted from the first book in Collins' trilogy. It's already been confirmed that book two (Catching Fire) will soon be getting the big-screen treatment.

2012Rating: M, contains violence142 minsUSA
ActionDramaScience FictionThriller
85%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Proficient, involving, ever faithful to its source... centered around Jennifer Lawrence's impressive star turn.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A grown-up teen movie and flaming good entertainment. The big test for the franchise lies ahead with the uneven second and third books. But on this showing, the odds are in its favour.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

That rarest of beasts: a Hollywood action blockbuster that is smart, taut and knotty.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

An effective entertainment, and Jennifer Lawrence is strong and convincing in the central role.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Making a successful Hunger Games movie out of Suzanne Collins' novel required casting the best possible performer as Katniss, and in Jennifer Lawrence [they] have hit the bull's-eye, so to speak.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Jennifer Lawrence anchors this with impressive gravity and presence, while director Gary Ross gets enough of what matters in the book up on the screen to satisfy its legions of fans worldwide.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As thrilling and smart as it is terrifying. There have been a number of big-gun literary series brought to screen over the past decade. This slays them all.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

When the goal is simply to be as faithful as possible to the material the best result is a skillful abridgment, one that hits all the important marks without losing anything egregious. And as abridgments go, they don't get much more skillful than this one.

0

Reality TV

I went to this movie thinking maybe I would not enjoy it. Being an older male I was surprised to find out just how good it was.It is very real and grips you from the start to the finish.The downside was the excessive camera movement at times,which was a bit annoying. I have given it a 4 star but but would have liked to have given it a 4.5.

4.0
0

Leaves you hungry for more!

This is a film most people could enjoy whatever their ages. I am not in the teen generation, far from it, but I can still appreciate a well crafted flick whatever the genre. If you are looking for a bit of escapism without too much violence and no sex or bad language this fills the bill. Am looking forward to the next installment.

4.0
0

Hunger Games

Didn't read the books Looked for a good movie and heard this was good, so went was some good friends of different ages and we all enjoyed it I would recommend this movie anyone No-one should miss this movie, it's really good Go see this movie!!!

4.0
0

A reflection of The Hunger Games and Battle Royal.

The Hunger Games was a good film, but the "fight to the death" game was done much better in Battle Royal. However The Hunger Games had a better back story. All in ill it was a pretty swell film that is worth the watch, but maybe just on DVD. A refreshingly short review... None of this long review argie barge people seem to be into these days.

4.0
0

Great start to the trilogy!

After having read the books, I tried not to have too many expectations for the movie! If I had still had expectations, the movie would have fully surpassed them. The cast was perfect, the action a bit rough with shaky camera but that you can get past. It was so thrilling and kept you in its grasp the whole way through. This series is not just for teen...

5.0
0

Perhaps I'm getting a bit old for this.

As I joined the screaming throngs of teenies I have to admit to a moment of trepidation, that brief moment that threatened to fill me with a 'ah screw this' mentality but I'm glad I swallowed my pride and entered with a relatively open mind. I can understand why it's a hit with the younger females with a kick ass female lead, hunky boys and a love triangle...

2.0
0

Excellent teen movie yet, about 80% as good as book

Loved the action scenes and loved the story. Some characters were PERFECT illustrations of the book. Only thing I found a bit naff was the love triangle between Katniss, Petar and Gale. Petar and Katniss seemed to have absolutely ZERO chemistry and their relationship wasn't well illustrated at all. On the otherhand, Katniss and Gale were too close. Apart...

4.0
0

Family friendly nastiness

When a massive movie franchise comes to a close, often a hole can develop in the highly competitive market of Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. Perhaps never before has that hole been as large as the abyss left by the HARRY POTTER series, given the rapid release schedule of those films. It's 2012, and there's no new POTTER. Some might argue that the...

4.0
0

Great film

This is a story about 12 districts that choose every year a girl and boy from each district to fight to the death. Jennifer Lawrence is front and centre here as Katniss. She and her boy companion are chosen to fight to the death. Woody Harrelson plays a man who won the Hunger Games years ago and is a mentor to the two. There are some great action scenes...

4.0
0

In tents

This movie expertly builds tension throughout, and I think it would serve you well to see this at the movies because of this. I was on edge throughout, it grabs you using a combination of performance, shaky cam, violence, expectation and a great score. I really enjoyed this, although the tender moments will end up in a vom-bucket, everything else is...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Proficient, involving, ever faithful to its source... centered around Jennifer Lawrence's impressive star turn.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A grown-up teen movie and flaming good entertainment. The big test for the franchise lies ahead with the uneven second and third books. But on this showing, the odds are in its favour.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

That rarest of beasts: a Hollywood action blockbuster that is smart, taut and knotty.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

An effective entertainment, and Jennifer Lawrence is strong and convincing in the central role.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Making a successful Hunger Games movie out of Suzanne Collins' novel required casting the best possible performer as Katniss, and in Jennifer Lawrence [they] have hit the bull's-eye, so to speak.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Jennifer Lawrence anchors this with impressive gravity and presence, while director Gary Ross gets enough of what matters in the book up on the screen to satisfy its legions of fans worldwide.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As thrilling and smart as it is terrifying. There have been a number of big-gun literary series brought to screen over the past decade. This slays them all.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

When the goal is simply to be as faithful as possible to the material the best result is a skillful abridgment, one that hits all the important marks without losing anything egregious. And as abridgments go, they don't get much more skillful than this one.

0

Reality TV

I went to this movie thinking maybe I would not enjoy it. Being an older male I was surprised to find out just how good it was.It is very real and grips you from the start to the finish.The downside was the excessive camera movement at times,which was a bit annoying. I have given it a 4 star but but would have liked to have given it a 4.5.

4.0
0

Leaves you hungry for more!

This is a film most people could enjoy whatever their ages. I am not in the teen generation, far from it, but I can still appreciate a well crafted flick whatever the genre. If you are looking for a bit of escapism without too much violence and no sex or bad language this fills the bill. Am looking forward to the next installment.

4.0
0

Hunger Games

Didn't read the books Looked for a good movie and heard this was good, so went was some good friends of different ages and we all enjoyed it I would recommend this movie anyone No-one should miss this movie, it's really good Go see this movie!!!

4.0
0

A reflection of The Hunger Games and Battle Royal.

The Hunger Games was a good film, but the "fight to the death" game was done much better in Battle Royal. However The Hunger Games had a better back story. All in ill it was a pretty swell film that is worth the watch, but maybe just on DVD. A refreshingly short review... None of this long review argie barge people seem to be into these days.

4.0
0

Great start to the trilogy!

After having read the books, I tried not to have too many expectations for the movie! If I had still had expectations, the movie would have fully surpassed them. The cast was perfect, the action a bit rough with shaky camera but that you can get past. It was so thrilling and kept you in its grasp the whole way through. This series is not just for teen...

5.0
0

Perhaps I'm getting a bit old for this.

As I joined the screaming throngs of teenies I have to admit to a moment of trepidation, that brief moment that threatened to fill me with a 'ah screw this' mentality but I'm glad I swallowed my pride and entered with a relatively open mind. I can understand why it's a hit with the younger females with a kick ass female lead, hunky boys and a love...

2.0
0

Excellent teen movie yet, about 80% as good as book

Loved the action scenes and loved the story. Some characters were PERFECT illustrations of the book. Only thing I found a bit naff was the love triangle between Katniss, Petar and Gale. Petar and Katniss seemed to have absolutely ZERO chemistry and their relationship wasn't well illustrated at all. On the otherhand, Katniss and Gale were too close. Apart...

4.0
0

Family friendly nastiness

When a massive movie franchise comes to a close, often a hole can develop in the highly competitive market of Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. Perhaps never before has that hole been as large as the abyss left by the HARRY POTTER series, given the rapid release schedule of those films. It's 2012, and there's no new POTTER. Some might argue that the...

4.0
0

Great film

This is a story about 12 districts that choose every year a girl and boy from each district to fight to the death. Jennifer Lawrence is front and centre here as Katniss. She and her boy companion are chosen to fight to the death. Woody Harrelson plays a man who won the Hunger Games years ago and is a mentor to the two. There are some great action scenes...

4.0
0

In tents

This movie expertly builds tension throughout, and I think it would serve you well to see this at the movies because of this. I was on edge throughout, it grabs you using a combination of performance, shaky cam, violence, expectation and a great score. I really enjoyed this, although the tender moments will end up in a vom-bucket, everything else is...

4.0
0