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Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.
Action Drama Sci-Fi - Although based on an incredibly popular young adult novel, the premise
of this science fiction action drama is very dark and brutal,
centering on a contest where kids must kill kids. The film is rated
PG-13 and as such the violence is not overly graphic, but the film is
still much too intense and dark for young children. Fans of young
stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will have plenty to savor
here while older stars such as Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks
have smaller but still colorful roles.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 208 moviegoers:
TEENS:Fantastic Reviews! Nearly all the males and females rated "Hunger Games" extremely high. As is typical with teen reviews, there is nearly always a small percentage who rate the movie very low. I wouldn't pay much attention to these since they are so different than the other reviews.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Great Reviews from both the males and females. No one rated it even a little bit low and most loved it.
ADULTS:This movie is targeted more towards the younger crowd but most adults enjoyed it very much with more than half indicating they loved it. Only a small percentage rated it as low as below average.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of
the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy
and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past
uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a
nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until
one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their
entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the
mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return
home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that
weigh survival against humanity and life against love.