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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start that hints of more depth to come, April 10, 2012
This review is from: The Hunger Games (DVD)
Take a dash of Theseus and the Minotaur, stir in a smidgen of gladiator epics and a dash of Winter's Bone and you have the Hunger Games. The story, in which 12 formerly rebellious districts must cede a girl and boy to an annual battle to the death, is set in an America at least 74 years in the future. The districts, kept in penurious poverty by the people of the Capitol, prepare in dread for the coming games. Catness (the amazing Jennifer Lawrence) is picked for the games and is whisked away to the Capitol for a few days of wining, dining and martial training, before being set loose against 23 other 12- to 18-year-olds in a lethal game of death tag. She truly *does* have "catness" - aside from being lithe and lethal, she is wily, cunning and inscrutable. The games are set in what looks like a pristine forest, but which has been salted with television cameras, all for the viewing pleasure of the gaudy, bedizened decadent Capitolites as well as the folks back home. The ensuing mayhem makes for terrific television, and sends a political message to the former rebels - redemption is possible, but only in small amounts and only at the behest of the Capitol.

The movie's targets were fairly obvious - think reality shows like "Survivor," extended to their logical extreme. And what greater stakes (or an affluent society) than pitting the poor against each other in a death match? But the film also hints at targeting the political and social forces behind the games - the politicians (like Donald Sutherland as the President) who benefit by giving the poor just enough hope to keep them docile; the rich (mascaraed and wildly coiffed) who have no conception of the suffering of the "stars"; and the media, which never turns down the chance to wring profits out of misery.

"The Hunger Games" can be predictable, but it is moving and thoroughly entertaining. It will be a fine film if the sequels delve more deeply into the hidden motives of the characters -- and maybe even say something about the society that molds them.
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Initial post: Apr 13, 2012 10:49:20 AM PDT
Mark says:
They didn't go after the president becuse it's too early and they didn't have time. I haven't read the books but I do know that this movie is the first of a trilogy. If you think it was the end, you're mistaken. It's only just the beginning.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2012 6:48:39 PM PDT
Mark-- Thanks for your comment. I just realized tonight that the movie was part 1 of a series. Gives me a better appreication for the work
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