» Rants: The Hunger Games

L.E. Green

|    Monday, April 30, 2012

  • Producer: Suzanne Collins, Robin Bissell, Louise Rosner
  • Writer: Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray
  • Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Alexander Ludwig, Stanley Tucci
  • Distributor: Alliance Films, Lionsgate
  • Running Time: 142 min
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama, Action, Science Fiction

Set in a post-revolutionary world where, it’s pretty clear, the revolution didn’t quite go exactly as planned, The Hunger Games depicts a world whose regions have been cordoned off into restricted districts and a central Capitol. A select, lottery-drawn group of children from each of the districts are chosen annually to fight to the death for the amusement of the residents of the Capitol. Obviously, such a practice would bring up a few questions to the viewer: 1) Why have people fight to the death? (though, really, that is answered in the film). 2) Why kids? (my guess? It’s just the demographic for which the books were written. How many kids would really connect with a group of adults going through the same trials?).

Cinematically, the film was stunning, excluding the beginning, which featured an horrendous level of shaky cam (could somebody please lend Gary Ross a couple of Steadicams?). The cast also performed magnificently, fromĀ  main cast members to the tertiary characters, everyone was in full form. I was especially surprised by Lenny Kravitz’s performance. All you need is a spoonful of suspension of disbelief, or a bit of prior knowledge of the story’s core concept, and you’re good to go.

 

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