No no, enough of sparkling vampires and bare-chested werewolves. It’s time to gear up for one of the biggest franchises to date.
Based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel collection, The Hunger Games brings us into a dystopian world like no other. Every year amidst the ruins of Panem (formerly known as North America), the Capitol chooses a teenage boy and girl from each of twelve districts to compete in The Hunger Games. Thirteen districts once waged war in the Capitol, leaving one of these sectors obliterated and the rest defeated. To remind the citizens of their rebellion and misconduct, a nationally televised event called The Hunger Games was invented in which each ‘Tribute’ must fight one another to stay alive. The last man or woman standing will earn an annual supply of goodies and a respectable reputation for his or her district.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who’ve prepared for the Games all their lives, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has to rely on her instincts, natural hunting talent as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson). To return to her home of District 12, protagonist Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that deliberate survival versus humanity and life against love. Directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), this Battle Royale cum Condemned showdown showcases the extreme side of a dystopian world where Government rules all.
After Jennifer’s spectacular performance in Winter’s Bone and X-Men: First Class, we’re totally appeased by the casting of Katniss. This girl’s got spunk! Liam Hemsworth also joins the cast as Katniss’ best friend, Gale and Josh Hutcherson portrays Peeta, a stumbling contender who tries to protect Katniss the best he can. Those who’ve read the book might expect some no holds barred violence and gore but the film’s producers have announced in a forum that this adaptation is made for a core audience of 12 to 18-year-olds.
Scheduled for release in Singapore on 22 March, we’re already counting down the days to this brilliant franchise. Brutal deaths, sappy confessions and nimble strategies, The Hunger Games isn’t for the weak-hearted. As what Effie Trinket would say on Reaping Day, “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favour!”
*Credit to distributors Cathay-Keris Films
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