Just in case some of our readers have not read the book, I shall warn you: there are spoilers ahead!
The Hunger Games is situated in the fictional country of Panem. Every year, two tributes, one boy and one girl are chosen at random from each of the twelve districts to compete in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are fights to the death in which the last person standing is the winner. In the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen from District 12 volunteers in place of her her little sister in the Reaping—the selection process for the tributes. Also selected is the baker’s son, Peeta Mellark. The Hunger Games turn brutal as Katniss embarks on the struggle to survive. Alliances are formed and promises are broken.
I was excited for the Hunger Games Movie. After all, who wouldn’t be? The book was spectacular. The concepts were original and electrifying. The movie was good, but they could have done better. I have to give them credit for the way they handled Rue’s death. When they showed the riots in District 11, the sadness and loss of the district really stuck me, making it even more touching.
However, I did not enjoy the way they filmed action scenes from the fights to the running. With all the bouncing and jostling, I felt like I was going to hurl. The movie was not too gory, which had to be hard to do with all the deaths of the tributes.
Terms from the book were also introduced smoothly. For example, with the tracker jackers, I thought it would be hard to explain to the audience without it feeling forced, yet the “news cast” adapted well to the movie. The mutations were terrifying, but they could have incorporated the details from the book and made the eyes like those of the tributes, and added the extra touch. A realization of “Look! That one looks like Rue!” would have heightened the tension and the anticipation.
Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being a terrible movie and 10 being “I am going to watch this 100 more times and I will still be obsessed,” I would rate The Hunger Games an 8. This movie is definitely worth watching though I would recommend reading the books first.
Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
, a sixth grader at Vista Academy, writes for, a publication of.