The Hunger Games (2012)




Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg,  Willow Shields

The nation of Panem consists of a wealthy Capital, ruled by President Snow (Donald Sutherland), ruling twelve poorer districts. As punishment for a past rebellion and to demoralize future uprisings, each district must provide two "tributes" - one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 selected by lottery - every year to complete in the televised Hunger Games: they must fight to the death in a vast arena, with the sole survivor rewarded with fame and wealth.
In District 12, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to be the female tribute when her younger sister Primrose (Willow Shields) is drawn.

If you read the book, though the book is better, you won't be disappointed. The story is smooth and adheres to the paper version, without big differences. The increasing drama in the story gives  to a 21-years-old Jennifer Lawrence the opportunity to show off her amazing acting skills. Also the supporting cast deserves a mention, in particular a mawkish and hypnotic Donald Sutherland.
Big credits to the cinematography and the music choice is spot on.

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it's contained.


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