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Hunger Games: Catching Fire

catching-fire-1Firstly, can I just say how nice it is to see so many people online who are cine-literate enough to reference Kinji Fukasaku’s 2000 film Battle Royale when issuing online put downs of the Hunger Games series. Who knew that so many were firm fans of Japanese Manga-art and films!

Indeed much of the success of the Hunger Games franchise is that it seems like it was made by a committee. There is a healthy amount of the afore-mentioned Battle Royale, some social commentary on Reality TV, a love triangle to keep pining Twilight fans happy and just enough girl power to keep both teenage boys and girls happy. How can it fail? Continue reading “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” »

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Poster24 children thrown together and expected to murder each other for the overall benefit of society. I’m thinking this sounds like a fairly good real world solution, never mind in movie-land. Alas, as it wouldn’t work in real life, it doesn’t really work in the cinema either. Adapted from the popular series of novels, The Hunger Games takes place in an unspecified time in the future where America no longer exists and is replaced by Panem, a series of 12 districts and the controlling upper class.

As punishment for the revolt of a now destroyed 13th district, every year a male and female tribute are selected by lottery from each district to take part in the titular Hunger Games, a gladiatorial fight to the death televised for the world to see. When her younger sisters name is pulled from the lottery, Katniss Everdeen steps in to volunteer in her stead and along with bakers boy Peeta Mellark begin their journey to the opulent capitol city and start their training under the tutelage of Woody Harrelson’s drunken mentor, himself a survivor of the games. Continue reading “The Hunger Games” »