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Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Hunger Games (2012) Movie Review

Based on the book for teenagers of the same name, I'm actually VERY familiar with this title. During that period, I was working for the book publishing company that came out with this book, The Hunger Games, but of course I wasn't really interested in reading it.



Now that it's translated into a movie, I went to watch it to see what's it about and the anticipation that led up to it (when the book was published at that time, one of the campaign that hyped it up was the card game collection which as I vaguely recall, you'll even get prizes if you complete certain collection).

The Hunger Games was about a yearly event called Hunger Games, where one boy and one girl within the age range of 12 to 18 years old will be picked from each of the 12 districts to participate in this event where they will fight to the death in the game of survival till there is only one left, that will be the victor. This is done to be in commemoration of the Capitol city which is the most advanced of them all and the ruling state over all the districts for calling a peace treaty on all instead of conquering over all districts and killing everyone off and so the boy and the girl from each district is actually a tribute (and that's what it's called) for the Capitol city. The Hunger Games is to provide entertainment for the viewers of the Capitol City just like the Olympics or the gladiator fights during Roman times, only this involves teenagers and is the survival of the fittest with only one victor.



Participants of the Hunger Games or tributes from each district are selected randomly by drawing the names from a bowl. In the movie, it was the 1st year where the name of Primrose Everdeen was to be in it and she was very afraid to be picked (you would to if you were pit to fight for your life!) even though the odds are low. But somehow, during the drawing of the names, her's was picked to represent district 12. Out of desperation to protect her young sister, Katniss Everdeen volunteered to become the tribute for the Hunger Games representing District 12, being the 1st ever to volunteer. And so it began, the journey to the Capitol to start off an adventure which could be her last to become victorious in the Hunger Games.

This movie mimics a bloodied and gory image of the movie, Arena (which was an awesome one!), but had to be kept PG due to being more of a target audience of teenagers. Because of this, there's not much action in it that could really thrill the audience like Arena does which is quite disappointing to me. Sure there are one or two moments of goriness, but it's not really to my taste and frankly speaking, it was quite boring for me. Perhaps teenagers might like this? Also, the show never had much of a storyline to build on despite creating a whole new world for it's settings and never even elaborate on the strength and weakness of the main characters of the movie which could very well make the movie more interesting as how Superhero movies do.

To me, it was a yawn fest which I could hardly keep my attention to the screen and the interesting moments were minimal (well, at least there were interesting moments). Maybe young ones would enjoy it. I don't know. Maybe I'm too old for this. LOL. But I'm pretty sure the book would be way better than the movie even though I've never read it. I give it 2.5 stars out of 5.



P.S.: I must congratulate my former company though, on the success of the book even on Malaysian shores.

12 comments:

Eunice said...

Great movie! one of my fav! ;D

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

LOL. Not mine though.

Shuwen said...

I think it was only average but they made it sound like its damn cool. Before the movie there was even like advertisements saying its gonna be "The next Twilight" lolol

Ken Wooi said...

The movie was just okay to me :)

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

Shuwen, ya, all that hype for nothing. haha. But I do believe the book is really good.

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

KenWooi, it's quite boring to me. Not much character development, not much storyline to build on. It's too plain.

CIMA Students' Conference 2012 said...

Books are always the best! :D

Jayren Hann Yaw said...

Same , i feel that the movie is boring too ! =D

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

Well, that may be true, books are usually better than the actual movies based on it.

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

Jayren, high five!

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

i like the book more than the movie :)

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Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

Fish, oh you read it? I use to work in that book publishing company. :)