Synopsis: A teenage girl volunteers to take part in a fight to the death television show against 23 other opponents in the interests of peace and freedom amongst the twelve districts of this futuristic society.
The Main Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson
The Hype: This is the first in a trilogy of successful books by Suzanne Collins and the other parts of the story are in the works to make it to the big screen. This movie was a huge success at the box office and travelled in on the coat tails of the Harry Potter and Twilight series of movies.
What I Thought: S’ok. To me it was a mix of The Running Man, Predator and Deliverancewith a much tamer storyline for the younger viewers. Mostly it was The Running Man though. I found the film easy enough to watch, but perhaps a little slow and I definitely think it was too long, however I guess this is the usual case with the first in a series of movies – see The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s a nicely enough made film, but I thought the end was a bit dull. You can take it as a stand alone film for sure, but if you have read the books or are eagerly anticipating the next movie, this one didn’t really give you much of a clue of how it was to merge into the next part of the story which I found a little disappointing. There isn’t much in the way of special effects here, but the look of The Capitol city was nicely imagined as a futuristic dystopia.
Conclusions: A bit slow, a disappointing ending not revealing much about the sequel and thin on plot to be honest. If you are a fan, then you’ll probably like the movie, if you haven’t read the books (which I haven’t) then you can take this or leave it.