Columbia Heights, Minnesota
By Gabe Hewitt, iLander Student Editor
Imagine a game that involves you being thrown into an arena with 23 other people. The object of the game is to survive and be the last one standing. This is the plot of the long-awaited movie The Hunger Games, and it surely didn’t disappoint.
The movie is based off Suzanne Collins’ bestselling book. The setting is Panem, which is a post-apocalyptic North American nation. In Panem, there are 12 poor districts and one wealthy one, referred to as the “Capitol.” As punishment for a rebellion against the Capitol, two people between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected annually from each district to participate in “The Hunger Games,” which is controlled by the Capitol. The 24 participants (or “tributes”) fight to the death on live television until only one remains. When 12-year-old Primrose Everdeen is selected from District 12, her sister, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), volunteers to take her place.
Katniss, along with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), is then sent to the Capitol, where they are treated like celebrities. Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) is a former winner of The Hunger Games and serves as the two teens’ mentor. Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) is Katniss’s stylist and helps her get “sponsors,” which are outside sources that provide resources and assistance in the games.
A majority of the movie is The Hunger Games itself. We follow Katniss as she’s faced with many obstacles and problems as she fights to stay alive. The filmmakers did a good job of building the suspense up to the games and throughout the event.
The techniques used, such as a shaky camera during chase scenes, make you feel like you’re with Katniss in the arena. If you haven’t read the book, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for most of the movie wondering what’s going to happen next.
The Hunger Games puts you into the movie. It’s definitely worth the hype and it’s a must-see for anybody. May the odds of you seeing this movie be ever in your favor.
(Photo: Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has to defeat all of her opponents to win The Hunger Games. Photo courtesy of the movie studio and used with educational license.)