The Hunger Games is set in a beautiful dystopian future and tells the story of survival, courage and love – a tale that is tough, exciting and serious, but less intense and violent than initially hoped/expected, no thanks to the 12A rating it was given. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in District 12 and hunts squirrels to stay alive whilst hoping she is not one of the two names called from her district to go to the 74th annual Hunger Games; a televised tournament where 24 young teenagers from 12 districts battle it out for the vibrantly coloured, powerful and wealthy class’s amusement, where the last person standing wins – inevitably, we see Katniss Everdeen ‘battling’ it out in the Hunger Games and so it all begins. Director Gary Ross does well to create some anxious scenes and the screenplay is generally great throughout, delivering an exciting but moderate production that fails to capture or detail many of the characters, traits and relationships which when coupled with a reduced intensity and brutality that the book gave, the film fails to reach its maximum potential.
Image from: The Hunger Games, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available at: http://hungergamesmovie.org/images/katniss-fireballs-hunger-games.jpg.