Monday, 2 April 2012

The Hunger Games Review (Updated)









The Hunger Games



Release Date: 22nd March 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
Color Force
Lionsgate

Distribution 
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 142 minutes


Budget: $78,000,000

Box Office Gross: $691,247,768
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Katniss Everdeen, 16, lives
in what remains of North
America in the future. She
lives in one of 12 districts,
all run by the Capitol. When
her father dies, she struggles
to keep herself, her mother
and her little sister alive. Even
though she learns to hunt and
trap and which plants are
edible, they're always on the
point of starvation. Annually,
one boy and one girl between
the ages of 12 and 18 are
chosen by lottery from each
district to participate in the
televised Hunger Games, in
which the 24 children try to
kill each other. The last one
left alive is honoured by the
Capitol and his or her family
is rewarded with plenty of
food. When her sister's name
is drawn, Katniss steps up to
take her place in the
competition.


Cast
Jennifer Lawrence - Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson - Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth - Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson - Haymitch
Abernathy
Elizabeth Banks - Effie Trinket
Lenny Kravitz - Cinna
Stanley Tucci - Caesar Flickerman
Donald Sutherland - President
Coriolanus Snow
Wes Bentley - Seneca Crane
Toby Jones - Claudius Templesmith
Alexander Ludwig - Cato
Isabelle Fuhrman - Clove
Paula Malcomson - Mrs. Everdeen
Willow Shields - Primrose Everdeen
Jacqueline Emerson - Foxface
Dayo Okeniyi - Thresh
Amandla Stenberg - Rue
Jack Quaid - Marvel
Leven Rambin - Glimmer

Crew
Screenplay/Director - Gary Ross
Based on Novel "The Hunger
Games"/Screenplay/Executive
Producer - Suzanne Collins
Screenplay - Billy Ray
Executive Producer - Robin Bissell
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager -
Louise Rosner
Producers - Nina Jacobson & Jon Kilik
Co-Producers - Diana Alvarez,
Martin Cohen, Louis Phillips,
Aldric La'auli Porter and Bryan
Unkeless
Production Designer - Phillip
Messina
Costume Designer - Judianna Makovsky
Director of Photography - Tom Stern
Second Unit Director/Additional Visual Effects
Supervisor - Scott Farrar
Stunt/Fight Coordinator - Allan Poppleton
Fight Coordinator - Jon Valera
Visual Effects Supervisor - Sheena Duggal
Visual Effects Supervisor:
Rhythm & Hues - Betsy Paterson
Film Editors - Christopher S. Capp,
Stephen Mirrione & Juliette Welfing
Sound Designer/Supervisor - Lon Bender
Music - T-Bone Burnett & James
Newton Howard


Review
The movie THE HUNGER GAMES is a little bit frightening, but manages to bring action, cleverness and drama. To be fair, I never read the first book, but I find its premise of teenagers hunting and killing each other on a televised arena to be a bit interesting and brutal for a post-apocalyptic/dystopian action thriller. The well-acted performance by Jennifer Lawrence does work in the movie, but the only thing that I criticise is the shaky camera-style which I think is in most scenes.

The film adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES may be a little overrated, it certainly will be appreciated by teens who might be fans of the book series. 

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


1 comment:

  1. I have heard a lot of positive things about this, I am glad your review is more of a critical one, than a crazied fan review.

    -James

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