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Apr 1, 2012 | Movie Review: The Hunger Games (2012)

It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve written a decent movie review, so I’ll try to make up for it with 4 movies one after another. I decided I’d go for a theatre movie marathon at the Loews on 68th, and managed to get out some really neat movies that might be worth it (besides, the ticket was $6!) So here goes movie number 1.

Runtime: 142 min
Rating: PG-13

Having finished about 30% of the book (I can know pretty exactly, thanks to Kindle) I had enough suspense left to enjoy what would come out of the movie, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the movie director Gary Ross managed to capture nuances of the book. In a dystopian futuristic world a girl called Katniss Everdeen represents her district in a gruesome competition to the death, where only 1 out of 24 teenage kids survive in the wilderness. It’s your typical teen-flick, however, so the cheesy lines and uneasy attraction-tension can almost make you gag. In retrospect, I think the movie was only exciting because I was curious as to how the film translated my imagination of the dystopian society into a visual representation on the screen, and otherwise the plot was decidedly predictable. There was some chatter about how it was a ripoff of the Japanese Battle Royale, but the violence in The Hunger Games was decidedly maneuvered off-camera. It’s the sort of movie that caters well to the audience that enjoys a bit of blood and the championing of a heroine and the underdog without being too outlandishly vampirical.

Score: 7 out of 10 for predictable plot but nice costuming and rendering of book plot

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