I want to be excited about The Hunger Games, I really do, but all I see so far is a tame version of Battle Royale. I am hoping the film does live up to all the hype, and there is certainly a dedicated fanbase who are expecting big things. I have not read the books either, but just today someone told me how brilliant they were, and that the content is actually pretty violent. I still need convincing, and so I had a search for all the recent TV spots for the film and popped them into this post to see if I can change my mind. The TV spots are impressive, but sadly I am still on the fence here. Check out all the TV spots for yourself and let me know, am I missing something?
Directed by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games arrives in UK cinemas 23rd March. Check out all our previous stories here
Based on the story by Suzanne Collins, the film stars Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Paula Malcolmson, Willow Shields, Latarsha Rose, Lenny Kravitz, Brooke Bundy, Leven Rambin & Jack Quaid (#1), Alexander Ludwig & Isabelle Fuhrman (#2), Ian Nelson & Kalia Prescott (#3), Ethan Jamieson & Tara Macken (#4), Chris Mark & Jackie Emerson (#5), Ashton Moio & Kara Petersen (#6), Sam Ly & Leigha Hancock (#7), Samuel Tan & Mackenzie Lintz (#8), Imanol Yepez-Frias & Annie Thurman (#9), Jeremy Marinas & Dakota Hood (#10), Amandla Stenberg & Dayo Okeniyi (#11), and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) & Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) (#12).
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
By Matt Wavish