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The Hunger Games

Set in a dystopian future in which the income gap is greater than ever, 24 underprivileged youth fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest--but not too much, warns Panem president Snow (Donald Sutherland), because that would be "dangerous."

Hailing from the same mining town, 16-year-olds Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right) represent District 12 with the help of escort Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) and mentor Haymitch (a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson). At first they're adversaries, but a wary partnership eventually develops, though the rules stipulate that only one contestant can win.

For those who haven't read the book, the conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. Before it arrives, Ross (Pleasantville) depicts a society in which the Haves appear to have stepped out of a Dr. Seuss book and the Have-Nots look like refugees from the WPA photographs of Walker Evans.

It's an odd mix, made odder still by frenetic fight scenes where it's hard to tell who's doing what to whom. Fortunately, Lawrence and Hutcherson prove a sympathetic match in this crazy, mixed-up combination of Survivor, Lost, and the collected works of George Orwell.
Actor(s):
Jennifer Lawrence Liam Cunningham Josh Hutcherson
Format:
DVD

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Set in a dystopian future in which the income gap is greater than ever, 24 underprivileged youth fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest--but not too much, warns Panem president Snow (Donald Sutherland), because that would be "dangerous."

Hailing from the same mining town, 16-year-olds Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right) represent District 12 with the help of escort Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) and mentor Haymitch (a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson). At first they're adversaries, but a wary partnership eventually develops, though the rules stipulate that only one contestant can win.

For those who haven't read the book, the conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. Before it arrives, Ross (Pleasantville) depicts a society in which the Haves appear to have stepped out of a Dr. Seuss book and the Have-Nots look like refugees from the WPA photographs of Walker Evans.

It's an odd mix, made odder still by frenetic fight scenes where it's hard to tell who's doing what to whom. Fortunately, Lawrence and Hutcherson prove a sympathetic match in this crazy, mixed-up combination of Survivor, Lost, and the collected works of George Orwell.

Product details

Rating:
PG-13
Duration (sec):
8520
Director:
Gary Ross
Animated:
false
Zone:
Region 2

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Hunger for more

Very entertaining. The books are also fantastic.

Hunger for more

Great movie. Enjoyed every moment. Something different, especially a female heroine.

Hunger games

Its ok

Hunger Games

Good Movie. Goog triomfs over bad. The old story of power corrups and absolute power corrups absolutly. It takes only 1 person to make a difference.

The Hunger Games

Excellent!!

Excellent movie

Loved it. Read the books as well and I think the movie was a very true reflection of the book.

The Hunger Games DVD

Not impressed with this movie. The books were far more interesting and descriptive. Lots were lost in the movie. My advice would be to watch the movie first if you have to see it and then read the books.

The Hunger Games

I really enjoyed this

luckily not reality

This is a bitter sweet movie. It catches your attension in the first five minutes. It makes you think, could this be what happens when a goverment gets involved with reality tv.

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