The Hunger Games is a based off a very popular young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. The country of North America is now the country of Panem. The Capitol is the major city of Panem, where the government is run and most of the wealthiest live. Surrounding the Capitol, the rest of the country is divided into 12 different districts.
The Hunger Games is an annual televised event. Kids names between the ages of 12 – 18 are drawn from a giant fishbowl. One girl and one boy is chosen from each district, making a total of 24 children. The kids are trained for a couple weeks before thrown into a virtual “forest-like” arena. It is in the “arena” where they have to kill each other to be the last one standing.
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is the main character of the story. She is from District 12. Life there is very grim. There’s hardly any food for anyone, and everyone lives in dirty shacks. Katniss, being the expert archer, crosses the border to kill squirrels for food. On the day of the Reaping, Katniss’ 12 year old sister is chosen to be the District 12 tribute for hunger games. Katniss steps in and volunteers in her place. Her and an old friend of hers, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are to represent District 12.
Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games. They get advice from a former winner, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), on how to win.
The Hunger Games is just a hoot with the people of the Capitol, the place bets on the game, and don’t really have any sympathy for kids killing each other. It is done basically like a game show, all the “tributes” are interviewed beforehand. Then they are thrown into the arena. It is there where the Hunger games begin. Every inch of the arena seems to be ran by a team of programmers who throw “wrenches” in the way of the kids. Who will make it out alive?
It is really hard to write a synopses for this movie without giving some spoilers away. I avoided it as best as I could. I never have read the Hunger Games books, so I went into this movie without any expectation at all. I walked out of this movie very pleased. I loved this movie! Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the part of Katniss is awesome. I don’t know if it holds up to the book, but I felt it’s probably one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. Totally Recommended – 4.5 out of 5.