May the Movies Be Ever this Bone-Chilling…
July 12, 2009 •
Kids killing kids. A bloody battle to the death fought inside a rigged arena with a dystopian society watching. The basic plot of The Hunger Games initially made some reluctant to see the movie. Readers of the series on the other hand, stormed into immediately, expecting a masterpiece, complete with suspense, action, blood and guts. Many of the others tagged along, wanting to know what the fuss was. Did The Hunger Games live up to the hype? Was the movie as breathtaking and fantastic as the novel? The answer is yes. The Hunger Games is chilling, emotional, and adrenaline charged in all the right places. Quotable lines such as, “May the odds be ever in your favor” earned spots on t-shirts and other sought after Hunger Games memorabilia.
The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is easy to love. Her selflessness, humbleness, bravery and humility are all admirable characteristics she demonstrates throughout the movie. Supporting characters such as Rue, Peeta and Gale also win the hearts of viewers. The basic plot, for anyone who may have been living under a rock, is that Katniss is living in the poorest district of Panem. Essentially, Panem is the remains of the United States, after the districts waged war with the Capitol. The districts were defeated. In their defeat, they promised to send two tributes, a boy and a girl, to compete in a fight to the death with the other eleven districts. The battle takes place inside an arena that the Capitol has complete control over. The winning district receives more food for their hungry district. The battle is The Hunger Games, and the event is televised and broadcast for all of Panem to see. As the rest of Panem is watching, movie-goers are on the edge of their seats as well. I honestly have nothing bad to say about this movie except that the filming was shaky at the beginning.
The Hunger Games is dangerously addicting and fast-paced. There’s romance, drama, quotable lines, reality television, violence, action and mutant dogs. What more could one ask for? Even the most reluctant, conservative, violence-shy mothers will fall in love with this movie. Get it on DVD now to watch it whenever!
Kaitlin Maloney is a sophomore at MHS.