The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

Release Date: Friday, March 23, 2012

Rating: Rated PG-13

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 12 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 representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, 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.


  • Gary Ross


  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Josh Hutcherson
  • Liam Hemsworth
  • Elizabeth Banks
  • Leven Rambin
  • Willow Shields
  • Amandla Stenberg
  • Dayo Okeniyi
  • Kalia Prescott
  • Jack Quaid



nuestra's picture

i couldn't have been more excited to see the movie after reading the hunger games trilogy and it didn't disappoint AT ALL!!! it definitely stayed true to the books (with some minor changes that actually worked). the fight scenes were unbelievable and ruthless (woo, blood and full on scenes- no sneaky camera-work to hide the brutality. definitely pushed the pg13 rating!). fantastic acting by the whole cast. i couldn't have been more pleased with this movie! definitely recommend seeing it (and reading the series) fans will be surprised and NOT disappointed...

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MarioPrime  |  Correspondent

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The first half of The Hunger Games is spot on. The filmmakers' abilities to raise the stakes, as well as develop a full relationship between Prim and Katniss is extraordinary. Everything about the build up to the games is filled with the proper amount of dread and discomfort, with strong performances by the entire ensemble.

The second half, the games themselves, is far less graceful. The insanely quick pace deletes nearly all tension from the film. None of the other tributes are given a bit of character development, making it all as emotionally effective as toast. Considering how incredibly effective the preparation is the games come off as entirely anticlimactic, trading its psychological strengths for relatively safe action. It never gets bad necessarily, but it misses a great deal of opportunity to make the games as haunting and frightening as they should be.


SeanJ8's picture

A couple of months ago, I wasn't interested in The Hunger Games. But once more footage was shown and reviews came out, I had to check it out. I was only expecting the film to be good, but I left wanting more. From beginning to end, The Hunger Games felt like a gripping emotional roller coaster that made me care for the characters. All of the actors are superb, the action is exciting, and the thrills keep coming. Even if you're not a fan of the books, anyone who loves sci-fi movies or movies in general will be satisfied. Jennifer Lawrence is phenomenal as Katniss, making a case to earn another Oscar nomination. The Hunger Games is the best movie I've seen so far this year. Will it be forgotten when I compile my yearly top 10 movies of the year list? Absolutely not. The odds are in The Hunger Games' favor.

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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Though at times off with pacing and lacking a bit of adrenaline-fueled action beats, The Hunger Games appears to be the best cinematic interpretation of the popular novel we could have gotten. Deep yet whimsical characters play in a dystopian landscape of rich colors and suspenseful drama to create a wonderful mythology that opens the summer movie season with gusto.