It's one of the most anticipated movies in some time. It has all the elements of a big hit: teen romance, violence and action. Mix in some rising young stars and you have The Hunger Games.
Jennifer Lawrence isn't a household name, but she will be. Known to this point for her critically acclaimed role in Winter's Bone, Lawrence plays Katniss, one of two people from her district who must play a nationally televised game in which there can be just one winner—the last one alive.
With knives, swords, bows, arrows and other weapons, the massacre begins.
This futurist tale takes place in the country of Panem after an apocalyptic war. The country is split into 12 districts, with two contestants ages 12 to 18 being sent to compete in this reality show.
Lawrence's partner is Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson. While becoming warriors, they fall in love, complicating matters.
With ingredients from Greek mythology, George Orwell and Stephen King, this will be a popular film for people of all ages, and there will be more in the series.
The Hunger Games gets five out of five on the flick-o-meter, for no other reason than Jennifer Lawrence. She turns the movie into a hit by presenting a heroine propelled by principle instead of hooking up with the cutest boy.
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PG-13 • 2 hr. 22 min.
Try after the movie. There's no games but the giant slices of pizza will certainly satisfy your hunger!