The Hunger Games 2011

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Based on the best-selling trilogy, Hunger Games is set in a post apocalyptic North America, now called Panem and divided into twelve districts. Every year the Capitol of Panem forces each of the districts to give two teenagers to "The Hunger Games", a death-match broadcast to the whole nation. Only one can survive. When her little sister is picked for the next games, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place. She must rely on her sharp instincts and face impossible choices in the arena, where survival is weighed against humanity - and love.

Starring:
Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Willow Shields, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci
Director Gary Ross
Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio Elevation
Rental release 3 September 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Willow Shields, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci
Director Gary Ross
Genres Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 3 September 2012
Main languages English

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122 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sep 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Firstly I have read the books and I loved them. They were brutal, funny, tragic, romantic and heartwrenching. Everything a good adventure novel should be.
So it was I was waiting eagerly for the film. I never got the chance to see it at the cinema; but based on the numerous good reviews I preordered the blu-ray. I really enjoyed the film; but as with many other reviewers I felt that the book was better.
The book spent much more time establishing characters and relationships and I really liked that. Obviously, with the book being in first person, everything was from Katniss' perspective - but that only serves to makes you sympathize with her predicament and those around her more. Her relationships with Peeta and Rue go much deeper in the book and I felt the film foolishly downplayed these moments. Likewise, the other contestants in the games seemed vastly under utilised in the film; and as a result they either became unimportant or impotent. Cato was a fierce and imposing killer in the book - but reduced merely to a brooding bully in the film (albeit one with a sword).
Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the film and I'm glad I bought it, but I just wish it been a little better. However, I am sure when I watch it again - knowing everything that's changed or omitted - I will enjoy it much more. I felt the same way with Twilight - hated it on first viewing.
I look foward to Catching Fire and Mockingjay!
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113 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty on 22 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Having read all the Hunger Games books I could not wait for this to come out in the cinema but part of me was worried that making such a complex book into a movie would not be possible (lets face it most books are miles better than the movies due to the simple fact they can go into a lot more detail)but I have to say I did not need to be worried in the slightest, I loved it that much I ended up going to see it twice!

The film is set in the future in an american nation called Panem which is split into districts. Each year the capitol of Panem forces each district to volunteer up a boy and a girl to compete in the annual "Hunger Games" as punishment for rising up against the capitol many years ago.
As the 74th Hunger Games is about to start Katniss Everdeen finds her 12 year old sister is chosen to compete, knowing she would never make it out alive Katniss offers herself in her sisters place and from then on is put into the arena with all the other tributes to fight for her life.
However there is one slight problem - Peeta Mellark, the boy who once saved her life is in the arena with her and how can she bring herself to kill him when she just might be falling in love with him.

This film does the book justice and it actually follows the majority of the book down to the very lines spoken.
The acting is amazing from everyone in the film, it is without a doubt Jennifer Lawrence's best movie yet!

I can't wait to own such an amazing movie, I'm sure it is going to be one I will watch again and again!
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307 of 388 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
« Hunger Games » is certainly the best film I have seen since many many months, and it is a very successful adaptation of an excellent book.

In my personal opinion, both the book and the film are much deeper and much more ambitious, than what most critics and reviewers would make us believe. After reading the reviews in "New York Times", "Le Monde" and on "Msn.com" (to cite only few) I was surprised that they mostly missed everything that is important in this film. With a kind of amused superiority (like people from Capitol in the film), the "professional" reviewers pointed at the obvious allusions to gladiator fights, the reality shows, the importance of trashy entertainment in today's TV, the search for a new franchise able to replace "Twilight", etc., etc.

But they almost entirely failed to see that this film is first and above all about much more important things: how to keep hope, not lose the courage and preserve humanity and dignity under a totalitarian oppressive regime.

I believe that almost everybody now knows that when writing "Hunger Games" Susan Collins attempted basically a modern (even futurist) retelling of the old Greek myth of Theseus and Minotaur. According to this ancient tale, after losing a war, every year the city of Athens had to send a tribute of seven young men and seven maidens to the king of Crete. Once there those young people were locked in the Labyrinth, to be devoured by the monster Minotaur. This yearly punishment and humiliation lasted until Theseus, crown prince of Athens, volunteered to be one of the tributes - then, once locked in the Labyrinth, he defeated and killed the Minotaur.

In "Hunger Games" what was once United States (and I think also Canada) is now called the Panem.
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Format: DVD
I read the book a while ago and thought it was pretty good. I have just watched this film and to be honest I wish I hadn't. It didn't work for me.
The main characters are not particularly likeable. The villainous characters are not particularly menacing. And the whole situation does not come across as particularly plausible. Just not particularly good.
The only character I liked was the game show host, and seeing how we are supposed to hate him, that just shows how very wrong they have got it.
Wish I'd just read the book again instead.
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