With the upcoming release of the fourth instalment in the Hunger Games this Tuesday, the first and original 2012 film ‘The Hunger Games’ is being shown on Film4 tomorrow to give viewers a chance to recap.
Beth Gordon revisits the original film in the franchise.
The film, based on the bestselling book by Suzanne Collins, follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) on her journey fighting though the Hunger Games, an endurance test which is television to the whole nation.
Once there competitors are provided with weapons to fight until there is one last survivor.
It is set in a time where districts are facing a shortage of food, everything becomes dark and dingy which obviously means that civilisation is facing the end of time.
Another contestant Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) was chosen to compete too. He’s much weaker and shyer than Katniss, making him a much easier target to be pushed around.
With Katniss and Peeta coming from the same district and as the two main characters, it is preventable that a romance soon develops between the two isn’t it? Dull.
The portrayal of the TV producers was probably the only great aspect. It presents the nastiness and the brutality of the industry. Prime example being when Katniss is told to lead Peeta on to attract more viewers.
Exciting action scenes throughout help to maintain slight interest but are way too predictable. It’s a typical fantasy-thriller film, strange but engaging from the beginning. The latest film Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 is released on Tuesday 17th November and numerous cinemas in Nottingham are taking bookings.