With the release of The Hunger Games here in the UK just a week away, news has reached us that the final version has been cut. While (as always) the US has granted the film a PG-13 with no cuts, here in the UK once again the BBFC have struck. Originally they wanted to give the film a 15 certificate, however it would appear Lionsgate want to aim for a bigger audience and were asked to cut the film if they wanted a 12A certificate.
Gary Ross’ eagerly anticipated film, the first in a trilogy, has had seven seconds removed from the UK version. The seven seconds were removed “to reduce an emphasis on blood and injury.” Bizarre, isn’t the film all about a game where everyone has to kill each other off and the last person alive is the winner? Many people I have spoken to who have read the books claim to do the book justice, the film should at the very least be a 15, and aiming more towards an 18 certificate.
Ah well, at least with a 12A it means you can sit in the cinema, as many did with The Woman in Black, and be surrounded by noisy kids intent on ruining the film for everyone else. Great!
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