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The Hunger Games - A Review

Updated on January 28, 2015

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Hunger Games

Hunger Games - Movie based on the book by Suzanne Collins

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Hunger Games is an amazing story based on the book written by Suzanne Collins. It is the first in the series and has done better than other movies in that category. We have seen sequels come out and do as well, but never before has the first one done so well. I can see why.

Basic Story Line

This story takes place in a futuristic world. The main girl in the story, Katniss is 16 years old, and lives with her mother and sister in what is called District 12. The district happens to be in the poorest district in what used to be the United States. Many things have happened, but in short the different districts waged war on the Capitol and lost. This is part of the result of fighting up against a powerful government.

Each district basically had to surrender to the government, and part of the terms of that surrender are what we see playing out in the hunger games. Each district was forced to agree to send one boy and one girl to appear in a widely popular televised event called the Hunger Games.

There are 24 children competing, and Katniss offered herself up as tribute in place of her little sister whose name was chosen. There is a big "to do" at the beginning and each team from each district comes in on a chariot to a roaring crowd eager to see the games begin. The children know they must get killed or be killed by the others.

Some Points of Interest

This movie, from the moment I saw the first preview got my attention for many reasons. First, my 13 year old had read the book and is reading the subsequent ones. Second, I had to wonder how appropriate such content is for kids. The book is even more intense than the movie, for whatever that is worth. Its just a very serious story line, not one you might normally see for kids. It is being played up as quite a children's movie, that I have seen, with every child wanting to see it and read the book.

My son turned 14 the day after the movie came out, so naturally we all wanted to go and see it. I have to say that I cried but enjoyed it for the most part. I am one of those people though that pays close attention to what is happening in the world, as much as I can anyway. I pay attention to what I see happening in my own country and have great concern about it. I also have studied history of different countries and so all these things put together really generated a lot of thoughts in me, to say the least!

Recommendation - To see or not to see the Hunger Games?

I would recommend it to anyone that would be willing to see it, even read the book, but would caution showing it to smaller children. That said, my guess is that all kids would want to see it, and maybe ought to for a variety of different reasons. If they are prone to anxiety or tend to get nightmares, that is another thing to consider. Both my husband and son that read the book, both say that the book is much more scary. My husband was surprised to see so many younger children in the theater like under 10 years old. He told me he couldn't see taking a child under d10 to see it. I think many don't realize it is geared toward young adult and adult audiences.

While this is just fiction, it comes at an interesting time in our own world history as we see less and power within nations being able to govern themselves, and more bigger governments everywhere. This isn't the way of freedom, and perhaps this can be a wake up call of sorts! Not wanting to get too political or philosophical here but there is a lot of food for thought.

For those that may be reading this, there are kids that kill other kids, there beasts they create that are like part dog/beasts that chase them through the woods and one young man is heard screaming as he is being eaten by them, etc. You hear a big boom, like the sound of a cannon going off after the heart stops in each of the kids as they die. They show them injecting trackers into their arms, so they can know the precise locations of the kids and when their hearts stop. Each parent knows their child, and can at least warn them if nothing else after knowing some of these details.

I will end with the idea that evidently it was pretty true to the story, and thus somewhat entertaining if not every interesting. It is sad, and fairly emotional in parts, though the costume and makeup seemed over the top which I guess is part of the futuristic part of things playing out.

What I liked most is that there was some moral encouragement in the midst of such an evil scenario playing out. I love it when goodness and strength of character win out over the opposite, especially in the face of danger and when the odds are stacked against you. You want the good guy to win, and be rewarded and this is something that tends to ring true in most people I know. Not giving in to what is necessarily expected of you, nor rewarding the cowardly types that will sell out, etc.

Love Component

I was surprised there was such a love story included in it. At one point I whispered something having to do with Romeo and Juliet..... were they going to really do something drastic? I won't spoil it.

Jennifer Lawrence, the one that plays Katniss Everdeen, is an amazing actress especially with the personality of the main character. If you get to see it, watch her eyes as she is struggling regarding the inward feelings she must be feeling. You get to know her and can sense the tension and struggle.

Seeing Woody Harrelson was an interesting surprise, and he did great in his character. Evidently in the book, he was quite a bit more inebriated. Wes Bently had an interesting role, as did Josh Hutcherson. Liam Hensworth had a not too large part, but it played out well and you really came to like him. I wonder what the future movies will hold? Daniel Sutherland and Stanley Tucci had unforgettable roles, as did the woman with all the makeup that did the announcing in the beginning.

The Hunger Games is a good story that leaves you hanging and hopefully thinking a bit more deeply about things!

© 2012 Paula


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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Rebecca, thank you for your comment and kind words. I think its good that parents care so much about what their kids read. I think when we talk about life and what we are reading, it is all the more valuable. It was definitely a fascinating movie, and I am glad I saw it. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Rebecca E. 

      6 years ago from Canada

      well written review of HG, my children are just at the age where they are going to begin reading this, so it was nice to get an idea of what others think of it. I wasn't sure about the movie, but I am glad to know that the book is more intense-- so i've been warned... thanks

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Comatory, thank you! There is a good reason why I didn't mention Lenny Kravits, now that you bring it up..... I didn't know that was him! I had no idea he was in Hunger Games, though I should have. Sure enough, there he was all along. I am just not used to seeing him in that "role" or scenario, and obviously don't recall enough of what he looked like! So thank you, for opening my eyes. He had a great role as Cinna, I like that character a lot. I agree, he was a highlight, and now it is all the more cool! Yes, he looked really young. Good for him.

      Thank you for your visit, read, comment and vote. Will stop by your review as well. It was a very unique movie, kind of odd in some ways even confusing like you say there at times. Cheers to you!

    • comatory profile image


      7 years ago from Czech Republic

      Hey, nice sum up. I just saw HG yesterday and agree on a lots of stuff with you, I just wonder why you didn't mention Lenny Kravitz in the role of Cinna, that was definitely highlight for me! I guess not many people noticed it, my girlfriend couldn't believe it until she saw the titles and said that he looked really young.

      Anyway I vote up for coherent review. I wrote hub for Hunger Games as well that takes up on some confusing stuff I found in movie. Cheers and have a great day.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you so much Fpherj! Yes, there has been a lot of talk about this movie, and a lot of opinions. One thing is for sure, it is very interesting. Thank you for your kind words and comment and votes. It means a lot! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      oceans.....Had to read your hub to get a view of this movie I've heard so much about......If you're not a professional movie certainly have an enormous talent to be one! You've done a superb job here and I thank you! Up+++

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Pamela, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you get to see the Hunger Games movie, it is indeed very intriguing!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am glad you wrote this review as I was wondering if wanted to see this movie. It sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the review.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Jelly, I know it is hard for movie makers to make movies just as great and detailed as the book, so often they are a disappointment. My husband and son said that as far as those kinds of differences usually go, that the movie wasn't as far from the book as they sometimes can be. It sounds like you really liked the book though, and compared carefully. That is a good thing to do, and it makes me want to read the book all the more.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and visit my article here. Have a great day.

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      7 years ago

      I don't like the movie they left to0 many m=important things out of the movie that was in the book I think I would give it a 5.5 out of 10 I really liked the book but when I went to see the movie I really disliked it and my friend and I were comparing the movie to the book and we got the 5.5

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Dreamlin, thanks for your comment there, times have indeed changed and our children are growing up in a very different world than we did. I think at the very least if we are in discussions about things with out kids that can help. In our efforts to share what we value and hold dear, our kids will perhaps pick up on those things as they grow as well, even in an ever changing world. I appreciate your comment.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Algarveview, we have the book as I stated, but I have not read it yet. I do plan to read it and I can see how you kept thinking of your children throughout, how could one not? Its scary from a parents point of view also, and in the movie we see the main character trying to encourage her mother to be strong for the little sister and not cry, etc. Very hard times for them, and having to live in that kind of daily fear of "what if it is us next?" I appreciate your comment.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Dolores, I agree, and I think in this case part of the issue I notice is that people maybe don't realize how serious the content is. It is written as a kids book, and my son got it at a school book fair I think. It isn't too crazy to think that surely since it is a kids or teen book, that it can't be too bad, right? The image in this hub is what is on the cover as well, and it looks kind of cool. It is part of why I wanted to share the information I do here, so people will know. It is a good case where we ought to double check everything. It still is an interesting story, and might be good as a warning about how badly things can go in a world where people aren't allowed to stand up for what they believe in, or be punished. I mean as an idea....we have seen some bad things in history play out, and we might become susceptible from letting it happen again. Parents maybe can at least be in discussion about such big topics, with their children.

      I appreciate your comment, thank you.

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      7 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Thanks for the review. However, this kind of story is not my cup of tea. I’m more toward Epic Fantasy like The Lord of the Rings and the original Star Wars. Personally, I think this kind of subject is too risky for little children. Nowadays, more and more kids commit crimes at very young age and video games are getting more and more violent. Children have difficulty to distinguish right from wrong. Oh, how I miss “MacGyver” at time like this. I guess I will wait for “The Hobbit” to come out at the end of the year, a great movie for all ages.

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      Joana e Bruno 

      7 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, Oceansnsunset, believe it or not, I had never heard of this movie or book until yesterday, when by chance I happened to pick it up at the book store and started reading it. I know it's supposed to be for kids, but I couldn't put it done and since then apparently it's everywhere I look, even here... I look forward to the movie and of course think you are absolutely right, it is very strong, it deals with very serious issues, I couldn't stop thinking about my children as I read it. Have a great day!

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Stopped in to read this as I have been wondering what all the noise was about. Though I don't often attend movies at the theater, I have often been surprised to see some very young children taken in to see some movies that I would consider too violent. Makes you wonder about people.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Pamela, I'm glad you stopped by and left a comment. It's a good movie, but not for little kids, and I agree with what you said. Thanks for the votes and visit. :) Have a good evening.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile image

      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      I saw the title of this movie on my computer news page, but didn't know what it was about.

      Thanks for the review. Interesting storyline. I do hope parents make sure -- when it's on DVD and they watch it at home -- that their little children don't wander into the room. Like you've said, it's not for little children. Even 6 and 7 year olds -- even 8 and 9 year old -- can have terrible nightmares from the kinds of scenes in this movie.

      Voting up and interesting.


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