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The Hunger Games: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on April 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM

The Hunger Games

Released: Friday, March 23, 2012 (Wide Release, also released in IMAX)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence (as Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (as Peeta Mellark), Lenny Kravitz (as Cinna), Elizabeth Banks (as Effie Trinket), Donald Sutherland (as President Snow), Stanley Tucci (as Caesar Flickman), Amandla Stenberg (as Rue), Liam Hemsworth (as Gale), Willow Shields (as Primrose Everdeen), Wes Bentley (as Seneca Crane), 

Director: Gary Ross

Screenwriters: Billy Ray, Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross

Runtime: 142 minutes

Rated: PG-13


                                                     out of 100

                                             Hungry for Better

Thousands of eager fans. Box-office records shattered. One of the most popular science-fiction novels alive on screens across the globe. The games have indeed begun with the odds ever in the favor of Hollywood investors but unfortunately, not in the audience. While indubitably deluged in anticipation and commercial success, The Hunger Games is mired in dismaying paucity of the frissons of exhilaration and suspense that its engrossing source material offered. The unexceptional direction of Gary Ross, coupled with particularly lackluster visual effects for a multi-million dollar blockbuster, rarely highlight the dystopian quality of the uncivilized civilization Panem, offering only a narrow vision of the society so intricately pictured in the novel. By significantly subduing the monstrosity of children slaughtering one another for entertainment, the tension of the games evaporates into vacuous cavities where colorless scenes of forestry replace the stimulating action and wide spectrum of emotion of the novel. While Jennifer Lawrence superlatively embodies central character Katniss Everdeen, the substandard screenplay inhibits her from illustrating the dimensionality of her protagonist, too often exhibiting the skilled hunter rather than the fiercely independent yet compassionate heroine. The inferior portrayal, not performance, of this character reflects the caliber of The Hunger Games as a whole; an edible yet insipid dish of flavorless ingredients when more ambrosial ones are available just with the desire to explore out of the convention. 43/100

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Reply The Cellist
12:42 AM on April 15, 2012 
jennifer lawrence turned 22 shortly after it was wrapped! she looked like a young woman. katniss is, what, 15 or 16 in the books. terrible choice.
Reply David
12:09 PM on April 15, 2012 
Although controversial, Kenneth, You are spot on of the bland perspective of the hunger games movie. We'll just have to wait and see how the next movie in the series will shed its likeliness to the appeasing tastes of the books.
Reply Dr. Dawn Bain-Steele
12:59 PM on April 15, 2012 
The producer/director did a good job setting the stage for for the next movie...that's about it! Prefer the books...
Reply AT
2:26 PM on April 22, 2012 
first book was shit anyway
Reply meh
11:57 PM on May 22, 2012 
Reply Dillon Sun
12:52 AM on May 24, 2012 
My dad said it was bad because a bunch of kids were just killing each other, but my uncle, aunt, and other aunt seemed to rather enjoy it. Thanks for your opinion Kenneth!