Based on the hugely popular book trilogy, The Hunger Games presents a story of a post apocalyptic blood-sport not too far removed from the days of the Roman coliseum gladiator contests. In the future, the Capitol rules over the land with separate districts each contributing a specific commodity to the world with only the Capitol to control the supplies and re-distribute as they see fit. At some point in time, the districts staged a revolt only to be crushed by the Capitol.
The Hunger Games is a contest of survival with each district issuing 2 tributes (1 male, 1 female) that compete in a battle to the death with the last person standing as the winner as a form of punishment to each district to remind them not to rebel again.
Enter Katniss Everdeen who volunteers to compete in place of her sister after she ends up being on the crap end of a lottery to draw contestants. Katniss and her male counterpart end up in training with the other contestants while being mentored by a former winner from their district in the form of Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch Abernathy.
If you’ve liked films such as The Running Man or The Blood of Heroes, then you’ll probably enjoy this. The storyline is familiar but compelling and modeled uniquely in this form. The writing and design paint a colorful but also destitute landscape in the future. The design of the costumes of the nobles is really eye-catching, colorful, and extravagant. While the design of the commoners is very plain and stark; nice contrast between the 2 classes of citizen.
The action plays out with a lot of intrigue and intensity. My only complaint is that the whole shaky cam