The Hunger Games 2012 PG-13 CC

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THE FIRST FILM IN THE HUNGER GAMES FRANCHISE. Based on the best-selling book, 16-year-old Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games.

Starring:
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
Runtime:
2 hours 23 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Adventure
Director Gary Ross
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
Supporting actors Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Paula Malcomson, Rhoda Griffis, Sandino Moya, Josh Hutcherson, Raiko Bowman, Dwayne Boyd, Anthony Reynolds, Judd Lormand, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones, Kimiko Gelman, Nelson Ascencio, Bruce Bundy
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Good story, good special effects, and good action=Great movie!!!
Evan
This was a must see movie, shows what love and survival REALLY is, the hunger game's is a true fact of what life choices can Become in the near future for us all.
dbouyer44@gmail. com
What really spoilt this film for me was that if felt rushed, and the characters and story were very badly developed.
David

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
"Hunger Games" is certainly the best film I have seen since many many months, and it is a very successful adaptation of an excellent book.

In my personal opinion, both the book and the film are much deeper and much more ambitious, than what most critics and reviewers would make us believe. After reading the reviews in "New York Times", "Le Monde" and on "Msn.com" (to cite only few) I was surprised that they mostly missed everything that is important in this film. With a kind of amused superiority, which people from Capitol in this movie would immediately recognize, the "professional" reviewers pointed at the obvious allusions to gladiator fights, the reality shows, the importance of trashy entertainment in today's TV, the search for a new franchise able to replace "Twilight", etc., etc.

But they almost entirely failed to see, that this film is first and above all about much more important things: how to keep hope, not lose the courage and preserve humanity and dignity under a totalitarian oppressive regime.

I believe that almost everybody now knows that when writing "Hunger Games" Susan Collins attempted basically a modern (even futurist) retelling of the old Greek myth of Theseus and Minotaur. According to this ancient tale, after losing a war, every year the city of Athens had to send a tribute of seven young men and seven maidens to the king of Crete. Once there the young people were locked in the Labyrinth, to be devoured by the monster Minotaur. This yearly punishment and humiliation lasted until Theseus, crown prince of Athens, volunteered to be one of the tributes and once locked in the Labyrinth he defeated and killed the Minotaur.

In "Hunger Games" what was once United States (and I think also Canada) is now called the Panem.
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Director Gary Ross's version of Suzanne Collins's HUNGER GAMES manages to sanitize the entire concept of kids-killing-kids in order to produce a PG-13 blockbuster that's sure to rake in the big bucks. But what was devastating and heart-wrenching in the novel is glossed over and prettified here, leaving me feeling none of the emotional impact I experienced in reading the book.

[**SPOILER WARNING** I'm assuming readers are familiar with the novel, so some plot elements will be discussed in this review.]

Don't get me wrong, this is a slick and well-made film, with plenty of action and a sensational performance from Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen. The settings are well done, especially the Capitol in all its crazy-colored chic-ness and over-the-top luxury. District 12, the poorest district in Panem, is believably presented as well, complete with starving people dressed in rags and walking like zombies to their depressing jobs. The scene of the "Reaping" is chillingly done, and the scenes of Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) getting primped and trained in the Capitol hit perfect satiric notes (it's all so "reality TV," which is what makes it all so believable).

What doesn't work are the scenes of the Games themselves. From the start, Ross misses the mark. When the Games are seconds from beginning, the 24 teens are standing in a semi-circle, staring down at weapons and backpacks strewn about around the Cornucopia as they wait for the countdown to hit zero. We need to feel what they're feeling. We need to feel their terror, their horror, and yes, even their excitement. But Ross doesn't let us feel any of that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Penguin on January 17, 2014
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Book characters well matched with actors/actresses. Quick changes in settings and action. Kept my interest, only draw back was I felt movie was a bit too long.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Wright on January 17, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Read the book and loved the movie. It could happen to us in the future, you never know. My next cat will be named Katness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shani Jo Friedman on January 16, 2014
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Great movie...the killings were very tastefully filmed. Not a lot of gore thank goodness when it came to killing people for sport. Looking forward to seeing second movie.
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238 of 333 people found the following review helpful By Angela VanScyoc on April 24, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I enjoyed this movie. Yes, I've read the books. People will always be upset because things are always missing from the story when you take a book and transfer it to film. I thought it was done well. Other people didn't understand the concept. This is a trilogy, you're not supposed to learn everything in the first book. Everything will come together, and there will be more understanding. Overall, it was a great representation of the book, in my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. West, Jr. on January 7, 2014
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Credible. Plausible, but no real evidence for such a season, YET! Could this happen? My answer is YES! Throughout the film I was reminded of a book from long before in my past that has a similar impact- Lord of the Flies. This film is captivating in a way most others from Hollywood are not, and will leave you thinking about it for weeks after, and wanting for more..
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Bravo on February 16, 2014
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its not a good movie, at least for my taste, it skips too fast in the story, i felt disapointed
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