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The Hunger Games

Based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name. In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 13 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss` young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district`s female rep, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 22 Mar 2012
Genre: Action / Drama / Science Fiction
Running Time: 2 Hours 22 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz
Director: Gary Ross
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “Lord Of The Flies”, “The Running Man” & “City Of Ember”

Think TV's "Survivor" set 30 years amidst a dystopian setting where the players are a bunch of kids from "Lord Of The Flies", and in comes "The Hunger Games". A big screen adaptation serving as one of the most anticipated spectacles of the year, will quell all qualms that imagine the movie to be a just another "Twilight" fad, as it certainly holds it own on a much higher level.

Based on Suzanne Collins' series of young adult novels, "The Hunger Games" introduces a time after a devastating war resulting from a colossal mutiny against the government. The citizens of former North America who now live in harsh poverty in 12 districts, have to deliver one male and female teenager as their respective district representatives to participate in an annual bloodbath event as punishment, and as a reminder that the government still maintains control over them.

Capturing the whole brutality in forested grounds via a live televised event (like "The Truman Show"), "The Hunger Games" sees 24 participants killing each other until only one remains, and volunteering for District 12 to spare her sister, is our heroine 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Leaving her family and best friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) behind, Katniss is joined by District 12's male 'tribute' Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as they struggle to keep the odds on their side.

21-year-old Lawrence plays the central character in the movie and apart from playing a much welcomed tough and sturdy female heroine that overshadows the male species, the character unlike most feminine roles today, doesn't need supernatural powers, a sparkling vampire boyfriend with a werewolf bestfriend, or even overly good looks to be liked by the masses. Instead Lawrence is a self-made feminist character who has been forced to be tough through her will to survive. Her romance with Hutcherson doesn't drive her motives, it serves only as a minor sub-plot to the story. With that being said, the two male characters are also not presented as just two pretty-boy stereotypes, but their roles are a decent mix to the story, a pleasant change that allows the characters' persona to speak more loudly than just looks.

Fans who are looking forward to more of hunky Hemsworth though will be in for disappointment as his character barely plays a significant part in the movie. The same can also be said for 4-time Grammy award winning rocker Lenny Kravitz who plays Cinna, the personal stylist of District 12, who apart from sporting glaring gold eyeliner, barely scrapes the surface of his character. On the other hand, sporting locks like a blonde Professor Snape is Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, an alcoholic mentor to the kids one wishes had more comedic presence to give, and also Elizabeth Banks as the administrator and eccentric escort of District 12, that looks like a cross between Lady Gaga and a character out of "Alice In Wonderland".

Obviously to allow viewing for a greater crowd of all ages, the movie had to majorly downplay the violence depicted on screen. We see the characters stabbing, shooting arrows and beating each other to death, but the actually act itself is avoided on screen, instead audiences will catch a gleam of blood here and there to show the brutal deed has been done. This undeniably lessens the emotional impact of what the movie could've delivered and the actual brutality of the game, however that's Hollywood for you, a wider target audience rather than faithfulness to the original piece comes first.

"The Hunger Games" overall package is an impressive original narrative that will surely leave audiences hungry for more. Heed this disclaimer though; a trip to the bookstore to read the other books may suddenly manifest, as the sequel to the movie will only be out in November 2013.

Cinema Online, 22 March 2012
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only