Survival of the fittest: The Hunger Games
By Colton Dunham
photo courtesy of Lionsgate
Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence portrays
Katniss Everdeen in 2012's blockbuster "The Hunger Games".
The Hunger Games (2012)
Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Elizabeth Banks
Running Time: 142 minutes
Following the financial success of the Twilight series, Hollywood found its next big young adult franchise with the beloved Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
Since the announcement of the feature film adaptation of The Hunger Games, the first book of the trilogy, fans already anticipated its possibilities.
The book series has been raved about since its release a few years ago.
Now fans can witness the intensity of the narrative and the characters come to life on theater screens across the world.
Although the film was given a PG-13 rating, the film seems like it would have been slapped with an R rating without question.
For those who have not read the trilogy, the United States is now dystopian society called Panem.
Following a tragic war, this society is separated into 12 districts.
In order for the government to keep control, there is an annual event held called “The Hunger Games”.
It’s an event that takes two young tributes between ages 12 and 18 from each district to fight each other to the death on live TV.
Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence is cast as the headstrong Katniss from District 12, the poverty-stricken area in Panem.
Her younger sister is chosen at a lottery, but Katniss bravely volunteers to take her place in the games.
Katniss is accompanied by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), the other tribute from District 12.
They venture to the Capitol, a large metropolitan city where they must train to enhance their skills and survival tactics.
As the games begin, Katniss, Peeta, and the 22 other tributes are forced to make a decision: to kill or be killed.
As you can probably imagine, the film gets very intense as these kids start ruthlessly killing each other off one by one.
Although the book itself contains violent imagery, the violence in the film was toned down for the its younger viewers with its use of quick cutaways and smooth editing.
The last half of the film can make you feel uncomfortable as you become further invested the story, the characters and their fight for survival.
I have to admit, I had my doubts before watching it, but those doubts were quickly diminished. While watching this film, you can easily tell that everyone in the entire crew cared about its production.
I immediately got the impression that everyone involved in the making of this film took their time to get it right so that it wouldn’t be a disappointment to fans.
Although dizzying at times, the film was effectively shot to give it a sense of realism.
Many spectators have complained about its use of the “shaky camera effect” throughout the film, but I have to admit, it added to the impressive list of things that made the film work.
The young actors, especially Jennifer Lawrence captivated viewers with their impressive performances.
We believe the characters, and actually want them to survive.
The film’s success can be attributed to the fact that it takes risks. The great writing, directing and acting are all orchestrated for the big screen.
This film proves that you do not need 3D technology to assure a large amount of profit at the box office.
The film has proved to be a huge success, earning over $300 million worldwide.
The Hunger Games has impressed audiences across the globe.
The film effectively follows its source material.
With its well-written script and outstanding direction, viewers will be pleased.
Fans of the Suzanne Collin’s trilogy and the film are now excited for the second film adaptation, Catching Fire, to be released in November of next year.
FINAL RATING: 4/5