The Hunger Games – Movie Review

Dear readers,

I watched the smash hit, Hunger Games. Here’s my review of this unsettling, futuristic, movie that is made in North America—in the future.

The Hunger GamesThe movie begins, “From the Treaty of the Treason in penance for their uprising, each district shall offer up a male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 at a public, Reaping. These Tributes shall be delivered to the custody of The Capitol. And then transferred to a public arena where they will fight to the death, until a lone victor remains. Henceforth and forevermore this pageant shall be known as The Hunger Games.”

District 12- Primrose Everdeen wakes from a nightmare. It’s her first year in the Reaping. It’s Reaping Day and her names only in once. Miners are going to work as Katniss Everdeen runs to the forest. She meets Gale in the woods while hunting.

The movie switches to the Hall of Justice. The area is being prepared for the Reaping.

Gale and Katniss share a piece of bread in the woods. He says, “Happy Hunger Games.” She adds, “And may the odds be ever in your favor.” Gale’s name is in the reaping 42 times.

Gale and Katniss

Gale and Katniss

Later, Katniss is trading. She likes a Mockingjay. The merchant gives her the pin.

Later everyone is bathing and putting on nice clothing for the Reaping. Katniss gives Prim the Mockingjay pin. “This will bring you good luck, little duck.”

The young people gather at Hall of Justice for The Reaping. They get their blood checked for identification.

The Reaping begins. It starts with a film from The Capitol. “War. Terrible war. Widows, orphans, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our land. Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved then, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained…

Primrose Everdeen is chosen from district 12. “I volunteer! I volunteer!” Katniss Everdeen screams. She is the girls volunteer from district 12. The audience gives her the hand signal for respect and admiration. Peeta Mellard is chosen for the boys.

The Reaping

The Reaping

Katniss and Peeta are given three minutes to say goodbye to their families and friends.

They travel by deluxe, high speed rail to The Capital at 200 miles per hour. The journey takes less than two days. While riding, Katniss and Peeta receive advice from Haymitch Abernathy, a former winner of the Hunger Games from district 12.

The Tributes arrive at The Capitol – they’re celebrities. They begin the preparation process. Katniss meets Cinna.

Later, the Tribute Parade begins. 100,000 people watch the parade. Katniss and Peeta are wearing flaming suits. President Snow is there. “Welcome. We solute your courage and sacrifice. And we wish you. Happy Hunger Games. And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

Tribute Parade

Tribute Parade

Later, Katniss and Peeta get the penthouse. They begin the training. “In two weeks, 23 of you will be dead. Only one of you will be alive. The training lasts for four days. Most of you will die from exposure.” The Tributes are scored. Katniss receives the high score of eleven.

The last day of the training, Caesar Flickerman welcomes everyone to the 74th Annual Hunger Games. He interviews all the Tributes. Katniss is “The Girl on Fire.” She spins on stage as fire flies from her dress.

The Hunger Games begin. The young girls and boys start savagely killing each other. The cannon sounds. Twelve are dead. Katniss flees and survives the first killing.

Later, the heartless Gamemaker uses fire to steer Katniss back to the others. Later, to save herself from a group that’s trying to kill her, she cuts a limb and drops a nest of tracker jackets, genetically engineered wasps, on them. The wasps sting Katniss but kill another girl.

Katniss becomes sick and is unconscious for two days. Rue takes care of her. Soon, Rue is killed. She dies while Katniss holds her. At her home, her father is watching on the town square screen and starts a riot.

An announcement comes over the loud speakers. “Two can win if from the same district.” Katniss finds Peeta. They hide in a cave until Peeta recovers from his injury, due to the medication she gets for him.

Katniss in the forest

Katniss in the forest

The Gamemaker sends high-tech, demon dogs to attack Katniss and Peeta. They survive and are the last two Tributes. The Gamemaker changes the rules and forces one to kill the other. Katniss tricks the Gamemaker into letting them both win. Katniss and Peeta win the Hunger games.

They travel back to their home as celebrities.

President Snow and the Gamemaker are angry at Katniss for out smarting them. The movie ends.

The Hunger Games is a movie about government control and abuse. It was well written and the actors were very good. I hope you’ve liked my review.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

 

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