Archive for April, 2012

The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence

The director and his crew have done an excellent job in bringing into life the novel “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. Usually movies that are adapted from books fail to stand up to the expectation and hype that is created around it. Often in such cases, if you have not read the book, you will not understand the movie well. But in The Hunger Games, Gary Ross has done his best to bring the essence and elements of the books into the movie. He has ensured that the true picture of brutality is clearly displayed in the main section of the movie which constitutes the game.

The elite domination over the world and its cruel consequences has been depicted in this dystopian novel. While you are watching the movie, you get the feeling that the situations that you face today due to the diplomatic government are more or less similar to the situations depicted in the movie. The movie is set in North America, 74 years after a revolution and the federal power is supreme with 12 districts under its commandment. As a punishment for a past rebellion, each district has to send compulsorily a boy and a girl to represent the district in the hunger games. The director, Gary Ross has done a great job in recreating this futuristic world.

The lead role in the movie is that of the bold Katniss Everdeen in her teens and has been wonderfully acted by Jenifer Lawrence. If you have read the book before watching the movie, you will be stunned to see that the same face, the same features are displayed by Jenifer in the movie. Jenifer Lawrence has imbibed each and even minute detail of the lead character Katniss Everdeen to bring the movie to life.

The opening of the movie has been well sculptured with a wonderful job done by the set designers. The first 90 seconds shows the luxurious and well established Panem, the Capital city and the discussion and proclamation of the Hunger Games for the year. The scene then shifts suddenly to the depressing view of District 12. The differentiating line between the have and the have not’s is clearly depicted in the introduction scene itself. The government lives in the Capitol with intense wealth and power while the surrounding 12 captured districts live a life of poverty and helplessness. Two young representatives from these 12 districts compete in the hunger games to survive, without any good reason, but they have to obey the rules set by the Capitol.

The book was most popular for the Hunger Game part which had 24 teenagers from the 12 districts hunting all competing for survival in a forest. And it is truly awesome to see these scenes come to life in a synthetic forest with all the minute details taken care of. All those harsh scenes like gushing blood has been completely avoided in the movie, yet the rage of the game has been well created with the quickly moving cameras, giving you a glimpse of every action and violence.

Watch this movie, you will have a great time.