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The Hunger Games

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

Gary Ross

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Plot Summary

Based on the best-selling books by Suzanne Collins, THE HUNGER GAMES is the first film in the franchise. Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the 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. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she’s pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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84%
  • Reviews Counted: 275
  • Fresh: 232
  • Rotten: 43
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Like the select participants of its savage sport, The Hunger Games stands triumphant, if scarred and a bit wobbly from the contest. – Scott Bowles, USA Today, Mar 22, 2012

Fresh: The Hunger Games' pacing is brisk, its stakes as high as stakes get, and its leading lady engaging enough that the odds - at the box office at least - will be ever in its favor. – Bob Mondello, NPR, Mar 22, 2012

Rotten: Even when two people are just talking calmly, Ross jerks the camera around. Why? As the sense of danger increases, he has nothing to build toward. – David Denby, New Yorker, Mar 26, 2012

Fresh: It features a functioning creative imagination and lots of honest-to-goodness acting by its star, Jennifer Lawrence, who brings her usual toughness and emotional transparency to the archer-heroine Katniss. – Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 22, 2012

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Customer Reviews

A FANTASTIC ADAPTATION OF A GREAT NOVEL!

"The Hunger Games" is a rare book-turned-movie that's able to live up to the gigantic hype of the book series it's based upon, while also standing out as a superbly crafted action blockbuster all its own. It's a marvelously entertaining thrill ride from start to finish that never forgoes its characters' humanity, nor does it ever abandon the strong political and social undertones of its source material. In the end, not only did this film exceed all my expectations of what a cinematic adaptation could accomplish, but it truly encapsulated everything I felt while reading the novel for the first time.

The story basically follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the nation of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. Every year, the Capitol forces each of its twelve districts to select a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games, a televised event in which contestants must battle each other to the death until only one person is left. Katniss of District 12 volunteers in her younger sister's place and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts and make impossible choices in the arena if she's ever to return home.

Director Gary Ross truly encompasses all the high-stakes intensity and brutally complex emotions of the book right down to a tee. Not once does a scene go by where the tension isn't palpable and the atmosphere isn't chilling to the core. The frenetic pacing and violent cutaways of the screenplay only add to the breathlessness of the situation. But without a doubt, the movie's main backbone is its brilliant cast. Jennifer Lawrence owns the lead role of Katniss. With every facial expression she makes, you can feel her character's desperation and perseverance. You can immediately relate to her not just as a heroine, but as a true person who must do the unthinkable in order to stay alive. Josh Hutcherson also does a fantastic job as Peeta Mellark, one of Katniss' main love interests. Although he's not the primary focus of the story, his screen presence only adds to the complexity of his and Katniss' plight. In addition, Woody Harrelson absolutely nails the character of Haymitch Abernathy, as do Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and Donald Sutherland as the villainous President Snow, among many others. From the gripping plot to the amazing performances, this is a marvelously directed motion picture indeed.

With its engaging narrative set-up, unforgettable cast of characters and ferociously powerful action sequences, "The Hunger Games" sets the bar surprisingly high for the rest of this year's pack of blockbusters. Perhaps my only minor complaint would be the film's excessive camera shaking at times, but that's about it. I can honestly say that watching this movie with my friends in IMAX was truly an exhilarating experience all the way to the end credits. All in all, whether you've read the books or simply want to be entertained to the highest extent, I full-heartedly recommend purchasing this terrific adventure. You won't regret it!

BLOWN AWAY!

I had no expectations for this film..I thought it would be another "Twilight", however I was so wrong. I actually enjoyed it. The plot was incredible, the acting was sublime. Incredible film that blew me away. Im honestly honored to have had the pleasure of watching it. Definitely going down on my personal movie list :P Im sorry to any one I ever made fun of for watching this movie, I was dragged by my brother to see it, and its one of the best baby-sitting days I've ever had! A triumph! The odds were actually in my favor this time :)

LOVE!!!

I absolutely loved the book, and I loved it in theatres. I would definitely recommend this - it was amazing, and I was obsessed with the movie and cast for a while afterward. But you should read the book before you watch the movie, but that's just my opinion ;)

The Hunger Games
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2012

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  1. The Hunger Games: 2-Movie Set, Lions Gate Films

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