The Hunger Games Movie Review

Proclaimed "the next big franchise" before production even began, this first chapter of Suzanne Collins' trilogy manages to live up to the hype. It's rare to see a blockbuster with such a sharp political sensibility. And the actors are terrific in complex roles.

In what was once North America, the ruling class demands an annual sacrifice of the 12 districts that once rebelled: each must select two teens, a boy and a girl, to battle in a wooded arena to the death, with the last one standing crowned victor. In the poor mining District 12, the tributes are ace archer Katniss (Lawrence) and muscly baker Peeta (Hutcherson), who forge an awkward friendship as they're thrust into the televised competition. Trained by Haymitch (Harrelson), promoted by Effie (Banks), groomed by Cinna (Kravitz), interviewed by Caesar (Tucci) - it's simply overwhelming.

That the games are a reality TV show adds a sharp edge to the story. Everything is manipulated by the Gamemaker (Bentley) for higher ratings, while the prowling-lion President (Sutherland) uses the games to maintain control of a wealthy minority over the outlying poor. Visually, this disparity is striking, with the Capitol's residents decked out in lurid Marie Antoinette-style garb, while District 12 is essentially the same squirrel-roasting backwood where Lawrence lived in Winter's Bone.

Even though action scenes are botched by the shaky-cam, Ross keeps the pace brisk, punctuating the drama with heart-stopping moments (and one great jolt).

And Lawrence beautifully holds the focus, giving us a character we really care for even when she doubts herself. She and the terrific Hutcherson play their budding camaraderie with authentic reticent interest, which adds romantic tension since Katniss has another boy (Hemsworth) back home.

But where the film really kicks into gear is in the political subtext, which erupts at one point to hint at the story still to come. Katniss' defiance of the organisers' expectations scares them to death because it empowers the oppressed majority to stand up for themselves as well. While the film has been compared to Japan's Battle Royale, the more interesting parallel is The Truman Show, as the god-like producers try to balance both fear and hope to maintain their tamed public, then worry that Katniss may have opened Pandora's box.

Cast & Crew

Director :

Producer : Nina Jacobson,

Comments

The Hunger Games Rating

" Excellent "

Rating: 12, 2012

Advertisement

More Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence To Join Chris Martin On Coldplay Tour?

All the hot gossip over the last few weeks has had it that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is romantically involved with actress Jennifer Lawrence. More...

Jennifer Lawrence in Talks with Quentin Tarantino for 'The Hateful Eight'

Jennifer Lawrenceis in negotiations withQuentin Tarantinoto star in his forthcoming movie,The Hateful Eight. From the trailer description that dropped yesterday, we know that only one...

Rumours Of Jennifer Lawrence And Chris Martin Relationship Continue To Surface

Apparently, flirting began at a party following a Coldplay concert in July of this year. Martin had been single since March when he split up...

Jennifer Lawrence Reportedly Dating Coldplay's Chris Martin

Jennifer Lawrence seems to have already moved on from her longtime love British actor Nicholas Hoult, who she recently split with, as the 24 year-old...

Advertisement

Are Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence Dating?

According to E! Online Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence are seeing each other. The report by the entertainement news website...

Have Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult Split Up?

Have Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult split up? After three years dating on-and-off it certainly seems so!Reports suggest Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult have separated.Read...

Say It Isn’t So: Have Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult Split?

Jennifer Lawrence is said to be back on the market again, after calling it quits with boyfriend Nicholas Hoult for the second time, according to...

Jennifer Lawrence Splits From Longtime Boyfriend, Actor Nicholas Hoult

Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly a single lady. The Academy Award-winning actress has allegedly split up with her longtime boyfriend, fellow actor Nicholas Hoult, once again...

Advertisement