The Hunger Games | reviewed by: Jeremy Frost | March 26, 2012
entertainment value
This box-office juggernaut is not as good as the book, but still very good. The story was a bit rushed, but well told & visually appealing.
genre Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
synopsis Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. 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. 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.
lead actors Jennifer Lawrence | Josh Hutcherson | Elizabeth Banks | Liam Hemsworth | Willow Shields | Woody Harrelson | Amandla Stenberg | Stanley Tucci | Isabelle Fuhrman | Donald Sutherland | Alexander Ludwig | Lenny Kravitz | Jacqueline Emerson | Wes Bentley | Toby Jones
director Gary Ross