THE HUNGER GAMES
Main Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci
Supporting Cast: Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland
Director: Gary Ross
Genre: Action, Drama, Scifi
Released By: Lionsgate
MTRCB Rating: PG-13 for violence
Gist: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. –Lionsgate
The Positive: Gary Ross triumphs in creating another great franchise for the young adult market that will challenge the box office records of Harry Potter and Twilight. His take on the best-selling novel is dark, tension-filled, exciting, riveting, pulse-pounding and just the right amount of shocking.
Jennifer Lawrence is a revelation. She exudes strength and excellent balance of fierceness and tenderness for the main character.
The Negative: The wobbling camera effect should add tension to appropriate scenes and not irritate the viewers.
STARMOMETER SCORE: 9.5/10
“The Hunger Games” – Official Trailer: