I finally saw The Hunger Games.  I’m not sure how to rate this movie.  I can’t say I didn’t like it, but I can’t say it’s a great movie either.

Apparently the movie is based on a book.  That gives me hope it might actually be more interesting in a book format.

The movie is set in the future.  The world was divided by a war that is now over.  However, there is an oppressive tradition of “The Hunger Games” that is still on going.  A boy and girl is selected from 12 districts to compete in The Hunger Games and everyone else is forced to watch.  The last person standing at the end of the games wins and I believe their was a quick mention about them winning extra rations for their district.

I was extremely surprised there were so many familiar actors in this film.  Woody Harrelson , Donald Sutherland and even Lenny Kravitz are in the movie.  They all play their parts well, but the characters themselves are a bit eccentric since they are from or live in the Capital.

The movie took it’s time to develop some of the main characters and gets you to sympathize with their situation.  However, I thought it might have taken too long to actually start the game and get to the action.  Once the game started I thought the movie got much more interesting.

I can also see why girls may like this book/movie.  The main character Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence is a strong yet very feminine character.  In addition there are a couple of cute boys and a possible love triangle going on.

If you like sci-fi type movies or maybe interested in Ayn Rand novels (because it did remind me of some of her books) you might like The Hunger Games.  I might even check out the book myself.

One last note, there is a very similar Japanese movie and book called Battle Royale.  I think this was the main reason I didn’t want to see the movie.  I had watched Battle Royale a while back and didn’t really like it.  I had heard The Hunger Games was just the American version.  The Hunger Games is a much better made movie, with regards to the budget and development of characters.  However, the story line is very similar when it comes to the actual game.  If your curious about it, check out that movie as well.

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