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“The Hunger Games” Film Review

New York Times, John Green- “Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced”

Film Name: The Hunger Games
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Director’s Name: Gary Ross
Adapted From The Novel and Author: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Plot Summary

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic North America, known as the new country of “Panem”, with a government known as, “The Capitol”- a metropolis, that exercises political control over its society. The Capitol has an annual event, “The Hunger Games” to remind the citizens of Panem of the “Dark Days”, and to ensure that they never return. The story begins in a poor, coal-mining district, following a young 16-year old girl, Katniss Everdeen and her fellow tribute, Peetah Mellark.

Critical Review
In “The Hunger Games”, “Katniss Everdeen”, who was played by Jennifer Lawrence, was portrayed exceptional well. Not only does Jennifer’s appearance resemble all of those of Katniss, her attitude does as well. Instantly, you find yourself attached to Katniss and her family, as you feel sympathetic towards their poverty and situation. After you see Katniss volunteer as tribute for her sister at “The Reaping”, you automatically set your hopes high for her to win the games. Throughout the film, you feel all of the same emotions as Katniss, her fear at the beginning of the games, her miss-trust in everyone around her, and her relief when finally winning the games.
“Peetah Mellark”, played by Josh Hutcherson, I do not think was played very well. Throughout the film I could not get a grasp of what Peetah was thinking or feeling. During “The Reaping” you could see the fear in his eyes but could not feel it. As the story mostly follows Katniss I did not get much of a feel for Peetah. Near the end of the film you begin to feel more connected with Peetah as he starts to express his true feelings…...

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