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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 twi... read more read more...sted 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. -- (C) Lionsgate

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DVD Release Date: August 18, 2012

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  • fb100001050230219
    August 6, 2014
    The first in this series deserves a lot of credit for setting up its world in a way that allowed 'Catching Fire' to build upon it so well, but that movie really shows this up for what it is: a solid dystopian sci-fi flick with an outstanding central performance from Jennifer Lawr... read moreence, but also medicore action scenes and two-dimensional supporting characters.
  • April 26, 2014
    The Hunger Games captures the political and social undertones of Suzanne Collins' brilliant novel while refusing to exploit the idea of kids being trapped in an arena to fight to the death. It is a great science fiction picture because of its pacing, ensemble cast, and portrayal ... read moreof a nation that governs its people through fear and fascism.
  • January 28, 2014
    Watched on: January 10, 2014

    I wasn't least interested in going for it, but I'm glad that I did. I thought it would be just a version of Battle Royale, but there was much more entertainment in store than my expectations. The movie starts with a girl fearing to be chosen as a par... read moreticipant in The Hunger Games, and her nightmare turns real. But she has a brave elder sister willing to volunteer and save her sister from the probable negative consequences. Then begins the promotion of the game and the training, et al. It wasn't anything extraordinary, but the chemistry forming between Katniss and Peeta draws attention and keeps it going. Finally, I didn't find the game much exciting except for the very ending.
  • fb223580
    December 7, 2013
    I'm proud to pronounce "The Hunger Games" another captivating addition to the sparse genre of female-led action movies that are GOOD (thanks for nothing, Barb Wire, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Elektra and Colombiana). Brought my little cousin to see this since she had read the b... read moreooks and deserved a reward after the hours of coding I put her through :) Jennifer Lawrence made what could have been a cheesy setting for a movie (the same stilted feel and class hatred as "In Time", for those of you who had the misfortune to watch that movie) feel believable, because she stayed strong and in-character for every minute of this. What a BAMF. I could watch her for hours. Ignoring the physical impossibilities (like a lightweight person remaining standing after taking a spear to the chest??), I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this.
  • December 6, 2013
    I definitely went in with too high of expectations. The first act is nigh perfect in setting up dystopian Appalachia: the shaky handicam shots of miners going to work, raggedly clad children, and weary villagers preparing for the Reaping. Even dull-as-a-box-of-rocks-in-"The-Last-... read moreSong" Liam Hemsworth infuses Gale with levity as well as wistful longing for love and escape. I especially love the reaction shots of the mother after she says something kind to Katniss, but Katniss just deflects the kindness onto Prim - showing the strained relationship between mother and eldest daughter.

    The film spends so much time with the exposition that the next two acts are rushed and ill-developed, specifically Peeta's history and motivations. The bread-in-the-rain flashback is shown quite a few times, but it's always the same. They could have elongated the memory to bolster its significance - shown the severity of Katniss' starvation, shown Peeta's intention of burning the bread so that he could gift it to Katniss, shown how that act of kindness saved her and her family's life.

    Peeta's bravery, loyalty, and true love for Katniss (versus her complicated but necessary duplicity) don't come through at all. They could have shown Peeta actually fighting off Cato after the tracker jacker attack so that unfamiliar audiences wouldn't just think he's a milquetoast pretty boy. Instead of just the perfunctory filler about drunken Haymitch and a steely-eyed Katniss refusing to acknowledge her natural ally/enemy during their first official meeting, they could have shown Peeta trying to befriend Katniss, proving that everything he does in the Games - from playing to the Capitol crowd to teaming up with the Careers to his last defense of camouflage - is to ensure her survival. Also, as Katniss contemplates double suicide, Peeta in the book tries desperately to stop her by professing his love for her.

    The costumes are glorious, and the settings are lush. All the actors are spot-on (although the actors who play Cato, Marvel, and Peeta all look too similar). Stanley Tucci is adorable and lively as the host. Amandla Stenberg's one perfect tear is perfect. J.Law covers all the bases from stalwart fierceness to pained vulnerability.
  • fb733768972
    November 21, 2013
    "The Hunger Games" does everything right that the "Twilight Saga" did wrong. It invests you in the characters, makes you feel emotion for every tribute who is on the "good" side, and creates an atmosphere unlike anything you have ever seen. As Katniss's younger sister Primrose is... read more chosen as tribute to compete in the 74th annual Hunger Games, she will not have it. She volunteers herself to compete. The Hunger Games are a battle to the death. 12 districts across the world compete. It is a televised event that happens out of pure chance. Many of the contenders have been trained, while Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is forced to rely on her hunting knowledge and coaching instructions. As she meets Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), her feelings for the game change, when she finds out that he is in love with her. 24 contestants are forced into battle, only one comes out alive. In this borderline PG-13 flick, the gore is as high as it needs to be, the acting is brilliant by the entire cast, especially Jennifer Lawrence, who pulls off a powerhouse portrayal of Katniss. Emotion runs on high throughout this film and I was on the edge of my seat the entire way through. This is one of the best films of 2012 so far; Of course, there were a few minor faults. The shaky camera felt a little off when you try to focus on the action, the chemistry between Katniss and Gale was a bit rushed, and the conclusion of the film leaves you with so many questions. I have no idea how I am possibly going to wait two years for "Catching Fire," but I know I will be watching "The Hunger Games" multiple times. It is everything a book adaptation should be. "The Hunger Games" is triumphant!
  • fb729949618
    November 17, 2013
    It's about a week away from the release of the second Hunger Games, and until now I had not seen this movie, nor had I known what the series was about. I just heard "it was awesome, so watch it!" It's no wonder why this series is it hit in books, and was later turned into a movie... read more. The script and storytelling is very original and unlike anything that's been done before. Is it a bit cliche? Yes, but in a good way. I don't like when films are too cliche, but in this movie..... it JUST fits and shouldn't be questioned. I loved the movie and can't wait for the second film next week.
  • September 6, 2013
    Entertaining despite the violent premise. Worth watching.
  • August 14, 2013
    Happy to say I didn't waste any precious time reading the book. This one is worse than I thought it would be. It's not even a good love story. Still, two stars for Jennifer Lawrence.
  • April 13, 2013
    President Snow: Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear.

    "The World Will Be Watching"

    The Hunger Games looks like an accurate representation of societal life in the coming future. It's a more updated 1984 in some regards. This shows a society(ours) that has collapsed and ... read morenow looks completely different. While the average people fight for survival on a daily basis, the top class(government and sellouts), can basically do whatever they want. Included in this is a barbaric cultural show, called "The Hunger Games." In these "Hunger Games", two teenagers between the age of 12-18 are picked from each of the twelve districts that now make up the land. From each district comes one girl and one boy.

    Katniss is a young woman living in the twelfth district. When she goes to the reaping(the ceremony where the tributes are picked), and hears her younger sisters name called; she volunteers to go instead of her sister. The Hunger Games is a sort of government intimidation exercise in which only one of the twenty four tributes walks away alive. Now Katniss will be thrown into an arena where she must fight for her life, while the rest of the world watches on television. 

    This film was a whole lot better than I ever thought it would be. I'll admit to never reading the novels, as I tried to stay away from the books that teachers were peddling out to us to read throughout schooling. All I knew coming into the film was a rough synopsis of the events that were about to unfold and I believe that my lack of knowledge may have benefited me. 

    While I can't say anything along the lines of how good this is adaption wise, I'm pretty certain that it was a good one from the overwhelming approval for the film. For me not reading the book, the movie came across as engrossing and thoroughly intriguing and entertaining. Jennifer Lawrence is quickly becoming one of the best young actresses around also, so her presence does nothing but elevate the film even further. 

Critic Reviews

David Thomson
June 17, 2013
David Thomson, The New Republic

The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game. Full Review

David Denby
March 26, 2012
David Denby, New Yorker

Even when two people are just talking calmly, Ross jerks the camera around. Why? As the sense of danger increases, he has nothing to build toward. Full Review

Peter Rainer
March 23, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Ross manages to keep the pacing remarkably swift, given that the games themselves don't start until halfway through the 144-minute running time. Full Review

Scott Bowles
March 22, 2012
Scott Bowles, USA Today

Like the select participants of its savage sport, The Hunger Games stands triumphant, if scarred and a bit wobbly from the contest. Full Review

Amy Biancolli
March 22, 2012
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

It features a functioning creative imagination and lots of honest-to-goodness acting by its star, Jennifer Lawrence, who brings her usual toughness and emotional transparency to the archer-heroine Kat... Full Review

David Edelstein
March 22, 2012
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

Watching The Hunger Games, I was struck both by how slickly Ross hit his marks and how many opportunities he was missing to take the film to the next level -- to make it more shocking, lyrical, crazy,... Full Review

Bob Mondello
March 22, 2012
Bob Mondello, NPR

The Hunger Games' pacing is brisk, its stakes as high as stakes get, and its leading lady engaging enough that the odds - at the box office at least - will be ever in its favor. Full Review

Laremy Legel
March 22, 2012
Laremy Legel,

Measured against its downright subversive subtext, you have to come away impressed by the level of achievement. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
March 22, 2012
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

The first book of Suzanne Collins's prodigiously popular trilogy has been brought to the screen with a Jumbotron sensibility, a shaky camera to emphasize the action and a shakier grip on the subject's... Full Review

Richard Roeper
March 22, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard

Well-paced, well-directed and extremely well acted entertainment. Full Review

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    • Katniss Everdeen: How will they change you?
    • Peeta Mellark: I don't know. Turn me into something I'm not. I just don't want to be another piece in their game, you know?
    • Gale Hawthorne: Oh yeah, I forgot something.
    • Katniss Everdeen: Oh my God! Is this real?
    • Gale Hawthorne: Better be. It cost me a squirrel.
    • Katniss Everdeen: How many times is your name in today?
    • Gale Hawthorne: Forty-two. I guess the odds aren't exactly in my favour.
    • Clove: [To Katniss] *Clove has pinned Katniss to ground and has knife to her neck* "Where's lover boy? Oh, I see. You're gonna help him, right? Well, that's sweet. You know, its to bad you couldn't help your little friend. That little girl. What was her name again? Rue? Well, we killed her and now we're gonna kill you." *Picks up smaller knife and is about to stab her in chest*
    • Thresh: *Appears behind Clove, picks her up by neck and pins her to Cornucopia* D'you kill her?
    • Clove: No!
    • Thresh: I heard you.
    • Clove: CATO!
    • Thresh: You said her name. YOU SAID HER NAME! *smashes head on Cornucopia twice then drops her body. A canon is then heard. Turns to Katniss* Just this time twelve. For Rue.
    • Katniss Everdeen: You can't tune out again.
    • Katniss' Mother: I won't.
    • Katniss Everdeen: No. You can't. Not like when Dad died. I won't be there for her anymore, you're all she has. And no matter what you feel, you're going to be there for her, do you understand?
    • Peeta Mellark: They have to have their victor.
    • Katniss Everdeen: No. They don't. Why should they?

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