The Hunger Games is the story of a Utopian society in North America created after an uprising of its 12 districts. The nation is Panem with Capitol as its capital. Panem is forcing its 12 districts to send a teenage girl and boy as a tribute to compete to the death in a televised game called Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a form of punishment and intimidation for the previous uprising of the 12 districts and it is televised nationally. It is the ultimate reality show. The “Tributes” must fight one another until only one survives; some of the Tributes are highly-trained.
Katniss Everdeen is forced to represent District 12 when her sister was picked as a tribute. District 12 is a grim mining community. The Tributes are picked thru a lottery called “Reaping”. Katniss siter Primrose was picked together with Peeta (the timid baker’s son). Katniss volunteered to replace Primrose.
The competition is not only about fighting skills but also personality. Playing to the audience is how the Tributes earn bonus points which translate to “gifts” from sponsors. These gifts are items needed at the moment in order to survive.
Long story short, Katniss and Peeta won against the other well trained opponents. Katniss is forced to rely on her hunting skills and instructions from her coach.
The Hunger Games is staged in an enclosed area. While the surroundings in the enclosed area look natural, everything is controlled and manipulated by a control center to ensure good ratings. This concept is not original to Hunger Games. In 1998 The Truman Show with Jim Carrey has the same storyline. Only The Hunger Games is updated to reflect the numerous reality shows on TV where the contestants “fight” with only one survivor at the end.
The Hunger Games is highly recommended. It has a solid story, it is not the normal young adult romance. It is about corrupt, oppressive governments and twisted media culture. The characters are well developed but the violence is intense at times and the camera is shaky in some shots.
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy the drunk coach, Elizabeth Banks as Effie the coordinator and Donald Sutherland as President Snow. Directed by Gary Ross and adapted from the book written by Suzanne Collins.