The Hunger Games (2012)

mp’s rating: 3.5/5

The Hunger Games: this is the movie that everyone talks about.

Set up sometime in the future, the government, aka ‘the capitol’ rules over 12 districts. To make these districts tremble in fear and respect the capitol, each year two teenagers (a boy and a girl) aged between 12 to 18 must participate in a brutal killing, where only one winner could live, named ‘The Hunger Games’.

Katniss, upon knowing that her little sister is chosen for the upcoming game, volunteers herself and becomes the female candidate for the district 12. And a boy, Peeta, who has a crush on Katniss since forever, is chosen too.

Then the brutal killing starts.

Twenty-four teenagers from the 12 districts take their parts on the battle, only one would come home alive.

I sat there in the cinema with no less than 300 other people. I was on the third row from the screen.

And like all theaters, the first couple of minutes were filled with commercials and trailers, but because 98 per cent of the seats were filled, they extended the commercial and trailer time to 30 minutes – and when you started watching at 9pm, the movie went for quite a while.

Receiving good ratings, great even, I watched the movie with high hope, fingers crossed on my neck that became sore right after the movie was finished.

It was good. It deserved its good rating. It was just… Dark.

A friend told me that the novel was written for teenagers aged 12-18 years old. Impossible.

Like critics used to say, Harry Potter stopped being a teenager book starting book 5. The Hunger Games, I believed, stopped being a teenager book right from the very beginning.

But only a great story could make me still be awake at 12.36am, trying to decipher the story and Wikipedia-ing the second and third book. And a great story it was.

Actors and actresses were great. Cinematography? Could have been done better with less moving hand-held camera that is a bit disturbing because it is used every time the contestants got into a fight, but overall it was ok. Plot? Interesting, fascinating, striking. But it’s dark.

It is very dark.

It tells us of every flaw of human, of our basic instinct that has been woven since the time of the gladiators.

It tells us what will happen, if humankind fails.

But there’s still hope, no matter how small it is.

If you are looking for some fancy science fiction like The Chronicles of Narnia, or a heroic movie like Harry Potter, this is not it. I really doubt that this movie can be the next Harry Potter (well, who knows, but in my humblest opinion, I am not sure). However, it is still quite a good watch.

Read other reviews:

4 Things The Hunger Games Can Teach Us About the War on Women | Good News

Hunger Games vs Twilight: Why Games rule, … vampires suck | Straits Times

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11 thoughts on “The Hunger Games (2012)

  1. it is not the next Harry Potter..and definitely not up to the standard of Harry Potter..this is specifically written for youngsters who prefer good writing, story, character and plot to “love, pleasure, and satisfaction of glittering vampire”..you know what I’m talking about :)

    Oh, the reason why the camera is shaky is because I’m told the cameramen for the action sequence was Steven Soderbergh..

  2. Glad to read your review. I didn’t even hear about this movie until my Father mentioned it today. I went to watch the trailers, but I didn’t care for them much. Little too vague.

    Your posting helps. :) Thank you.

    By the way, I featured you in my post “No Duck Sauce” and nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for sharing your blog with the rest of us. :)

  3. Thank you Adromache! I am so honoured to be receiving the award :). I have read your original blog post and the “seven things about you” are very interesting facts indeed. A painted snow leopard for Halloween costume? Now I’m desperate to see the photo =D. Thank you once again!

  4. And oh Andreas, yes, I know it’s not even close to Harry Potter… (okay, I’m biased and I haven’t really read the novels so there you go…) but actually there are a lot of people who compare this trilogy to Harry Potter series, or even Twilight… but anyway, what about Steven Soderbergh? Never heard his name though lol. but the action scene really gave me a headache…

  5. It is always helpful to read honest opinions about films which are the latest rage. As the mother of a 14 year old I don’t think I could bear to watch this. This is a very interesting review.

  6. I think it is not fair to compare Hunger Games trilogy to Harry Potter, since the story, setting and plot itself is totally different. If Hunger Games includes elements of wizardry, potions and a character like Snape then I will compare it to Harry Potter :) But to compare it to Twilight is like comparing European luxury cars to American muscle cars..one is built with quality and technology to ensure customer’s satisfaction while one is built with massive engines that kills polar bear every 40 miles while ensuring customers their cars are ‘green’ but yet people still buy them for reasons that are unquantifiable. Basically they have their own charms, so don’t buy the idea that every book must have the same charms.

    Steven Soderbergh is a director and cinematographer, he made Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen with Contagion and Haywire. He’s actually good though :)

  7. Hi loonyliterature, thanks! The movie is dark, and if you can’t bear to watch children to be brutally murdered by each other (just because they still want to live)…. okay, you get my point.

    Hey Andreas,
    LOL, okay, it is NOT fair to compare it to Harry Potter, and I completely agree (why, I’m a HP fan). I can’t help but laugh at your simile though, a very good one! (well, I’m not a fan of twilight, so I might need to adjust your ‘American muscle cars’ simile to something even more…. ehm, okay, I should stop talking now). Hunger games has its own charm, but yeah, it just doesn’t exceed my high expectation, just because IMDB gives it an 8 and Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 85%! Not. convinced.

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