I trust by now you have cancelled all your plans for the weekend and have nipped out to buy it before it sells out? Good. Let me continue…
Suzanne Collins has imagined up one hell of a heroine in Katniss Everdeen, and Jennifer Lawrence is perfect in the role. She lives in District 12 – the last district of Panem, the former North America, ruled by the Capitol and the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Katniss’s sister Prim is selected as District 12’s female ‘Tribute’ for the 74th Hunger Games – a fight to the death against all other selected Tributes where there can only be one winner.
When Katniss volunteers as tribute in place of her sister, she finds herself heading to certain death alongside Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) who hides a deep secret about Katniss, while leaving behind her best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and her family. Soon, Katniss realises she has to out-smart the system if there is to be more than one sole survivor of the Games.
You don’t have to wait very long for the action to start and when it does, it hardly stops. The Hunger Games are an all-out blood bath that will have you firmly on the edge of your seat and it is actually quite refreshing. The movie apologises for nothing, it is fantasy so why should it? The more romantic of you will still be satisfied as the bond Katniss and Peeta have to establish becomes real and you’ll get some laughs from the amazing Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman – the host of the spectacular show that is, The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games is released on DVD and Blu Ray this week.