The Hunger Games (2012) Movie Review

The Hunger Games is another novel based film which was only getting popular after the released of the movie itself despite that the book have been released three years ago. Thanks to Churp Churp, I had an opportunity to watch the premiere screening at Cathay Cineplex in e@curve. Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.

Director: Gary Ross 
Writers: Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins (Screenplay)
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth

The Hunger Games is a young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins. It was first published on September 14, 2008, by Scholastic, in hardcover. It is written in the voice of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.

Katniss and her friend back in District 12.
Katniss & Peeta at The Hunger Games interview.
When Katniss experienced the death of someone who saved her in The Hunger Games.
The book has been released as a paperback and also an audiobook and e-book. The Hunger Games had an initial print of 200,000 – twice doubled from the original 50,000. Since its initial release, the novel has been translated into 26 different languages and rights of production have been sold in 38 countries. The book received mostly positive reviews from major reviewers and authors. The Hunger Games is the first novel inThe Hunger Games trilogy, followed by Catching Fire, published on September 1, 2009, and Mockingjay, published on August 24, 2010.

A film adaptation, co-written and co-produced by Collins herself and directed by Gary Ross, was released worldwide on March 23, 2012. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale.

Check out the official movie trailer below:

My conclusion: If I would to compare this movie to Battle Royal Battle Royale which is a 2000 Japanese action-drama-thriller film based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takamithen it will definitely be a NO NO movie to be watch. Anyhow, since the writer 'claimed' to have not heard about that novel before then my rating would be 2/5 for overall the movie plot, script and visual effects. It would be good if they cut down the draggy emotional part when Rue died and to have more cool ways on killing the other participants of The Hunger Games. Sometimes it's not right to copy exactly the whole plot from the novel. Just like how people will prefer reading the novel itself than to watch the movie.

.: Peace Out :.