Becky and I went to see the movie, The Hunger Games at the AMC Theaters in Castle Rock, CO a couple weeks ago with our son Conroy. The Fandango website at The Hunger Games describes the movie as follows…
“Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains…”
The Hunger Games is a movie based on the best selling book series by the same name. Our son Conroy has read the book, so he was really excited to see the movie. Becky and I had no idea what this movie was about and I was pretty shocked by it.
In fairness, I missed the ending of this film, but I saw all of it, except about a half hour. I didn’t like what I saw of this movie though. It takes place in the future and it reminded me of the film Rollerball, where people compete to the death, only in this installment it’s children facing each other in a death match.
I had a problem with the plot of this film since it’s a story about a world gone nuts after a nuclear war that has decided to sacrifice children in a game to the death based on a drawing. I have no idea how this could be so well received? It’s a pretty sick concept, but it’s getting rave reviews. The story centers around a girl who takes the place of her younger sister who is selected in the drawing because she knows her sister will for sure die in the event.
The other thing that is disturbing is that this who event like Rollerball is entertainment, to watch children kill one another. The saving part of the film is that the girl who is the heroin of the film, has a conscious and doesn’t want to kill anyone, but is instead simply trying to stay alive and make the best of a bad situation she’s found herself.
This movie didn’t do it for me, but Becky and Conroy both enjoyed it.
John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
Conroy – **** Don’t Miss It
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