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The Hunger Games (2012)

  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 23,090 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 23 March 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 142 min
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The Hunger Games (2012)


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  • IMDb page: The Hunger Games (2012)
  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 23,090 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 23 March 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 142 min
  • Filming Location: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
  • Budget: $100,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Gary Ross
  • Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth
  • Original Music By: T-Bone Burnett  James Newton Howard   
  • Soundtrack: Lover Is Childlike
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Volunteer | Future | Television | Fire | 16 Year Old

Writing Credits By:

  • Gary Ross (screenplay) and
  • Suzanne Collins (screenplay) and
  • Billy Ray (screenplay)
  • Suzanne Collins (novel)

Known Trivia

  • First part of a Trilogy series of young adult books by Suzanne Collins: ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Catching Fire’, ‘Mockingjay’.
  • Chloë Grace Moretz, Mary Mouser, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Lyndsy Fonseca, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Roberts, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley were considered to play Katniss, the lead role. Jennifer Lawrence won the role.
  • Alex Pettyfer, Josh Hutcherson, Lucas Till, Nico Tortorella, Alexander Ludwig, Evan Peters and Hunter Parrish were considered to play Peeta Mellark. Hutcherson was later cast.
  • Liam Hemsworth, Chris Massoglia, David Henrie, Robbie Amell and Drew Roy were considered to play Gale. Hemsworth was ultimately cast.
  • Jennifer Lawrence was initially cast as the lead in Savages, but dropped out to do this film instead.
  • Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence, both natural blondes, dyed their hair brown for their roles in the film while Josh Hutcherson, naturally dark-haired, dyed his hair blonde for his part.
  • Composer Danny Elfman left the film due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by James Newton Howard.
  • Despite its high popularity with teenagers and adults, Lionsgate has admitted that the chances of Catching Fire and Mockingjay being converted into films all depend on the money that ‘The Hunger Games’ makes.
  • On February 22nd, four weeks before The Hunger Games’ release, Lionsgate began selling advance tickets. Not only did the ticket sales break the one-day record originally held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but also accounted for 83% of the ticket sales of the day.
  • The name of the main character, Katniss, is derived from the name of a group of edible plant species, genus “Sagittaria”, commonly known as “arrowhead”. This is a reference to the character’s archery skills.

Goofs: Continuity: When Prim is going to her group of 12-year olds, the pin is on her left, but when she is called as tribute, it is on her right.

Plot: Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match. Full summary »  »

Story: In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.Written by Suzanne Collins  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Robin Bissell known as executive producer
  • Suzanne Collins known as executive producer
  • Chantal Feghali known as co-executive producer
  • Nina Jacobson known as producer
  • Jon Kilik known as producer
  • Aldric La'auli Porter known as co-producer
  • Louise Rosner known as executive producer
  • Bryan Unkeless known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Stanley Tucci known as Caesar Flickerman
  • Wes Bentley known as Seneca Crane
  • Jennifer Lawrence known as Katniss Everdeen
  • Willow Shields known as Primrose Everdeen
  • Liam Hemsworth known as Gale Hawthorne
  • Elizabeth Banks known as Effie Trinket
  • Sandra Ellis Lafferty known as Hob Vendor (as Sandra Lafferty)
  • Paula Malcomson known as Katniss' Mother
  • Rhoda Griffis known as Registration Woman
  • Sandino Moya known as Propaganda Film Tribute (as Sandino Moya-Smith)
  • Josh Hutcherson known as Peeta Mellark
  • Raiko Bowman known as Peeta's Mother
  • Dwayne Boyd known as Peacekeeper #1
  • Anthony Reynolds known as Peacekeeper #2
  • Judd Lormand known as Peacekeeper #3
  • Woody Harrelson known as Haymitch Abernathy
  • Toby Jones known as Claudius Templesmith
  • Kimiko Gelman known as Venia
  • Nelson Ascencio known as Flavius
  • Brooke Bundy known as Octavia
  • Lenny Kravitz known as Cinna
  • Amandla Stenberg known as Rue
  • Dayo Okeniyi known as Thresh
  • Leven Rambin known as Glimmer
  • Jack Quaid known as Marvel
  • Latarsha Rose known as Portia
  • Donald Sutherland known as President Snow
  • Alexander Ludwig known as Cato
  • Isabelle Fuhrman known as Clove
  • Ian Nelson known as Tribute Boy District 3
  • Kalia Prescott known as Tribute Girl District 3
  • Ethan Jamieson known as Tribute Boy District 4
  • Jacqueline Emerson known as Fox Face
  • Mackenzie Lintz known as Tribute Girl District 8
  • Annie Thurman known as Tribute Girl District 9
  • Dakota Hood known as Tribute Girl District 10
  • Amber Chaney known as Avox Girl
  • Karan Kendrick known as Atala
  • Shane Biseell known as Birthday Boy
  • Katie Kneeland known as Hovercraft Tech (as Kate Kneeland)
  • Steve Coulter known as Game Center Tech #1
  • Sharon Morris known as Game Center Tech #2
  • Tim Taylor known as Game Center Tech #3
  • John Ross known as Game Center Tech #4
  • Phillip Troy Linger known as Katniss' Father (as Troy Linger)
  • Tara Macken known as Tribute Girl District 4
  • Ashton Moio known as District 6 Tribute



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Diana Acrey known as hair stylist
  • Nicole Alkire known as hair stylist
  • Elena Arroy known as makeup artist
  • Stephanie Barnes known as makeup artist
  • Anita Brabec known as makeup artist
  • Anthony Brooks known as makeup artist
  • Shutchai Tym Buacharern known as makeup artist
  • Susan Buffington known as hair stylist
  • Kelly Caldwell known as hair stylist
  • Barbara Cantu known as hair stylist
  • Clare M. Corsick known as key hair stylist
  • Peter De Oliveria known as makeup artist
  • Gunn Espegard known as makeup artist
  • Kris Evans known as background makeup supervisor
  • Linda D. Flowers known as hair department head
  • Linda D. Flowers known as hair designer
  • Joyce Gilliard known as hair stylist
  • Glenn Hetrick known as special makeup effects artist
  • Lindsay Irish-Desarno known as makeup artist
  • Veronica Lorenz known as makeup artist
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth
  • Patricia McAlhany Glasser known as hair stylist
  • Jennifer McCollom known as makeup artist
  • Cheri Minns known as makeup artist
  • Bryan David Moss known as additional hair stylist
  • Ve Neill known as makeup department head
  • Ve Neill known as makeup designer
  • Douglas Noe known as makeup artist: additional photography
  • Cherry Petenbrink known as hair stylist
  • Taylor Petenbrink known as hair stylist
  • Rick Pour known as makeup artist
  • Lufeng Qu known as makeup artist
  • Lisa Rocco known as makeup artist
  • Tricia Sawyer known as makeup artist
  • Nikoletta Skarlatos known as key makeup artist
  • Randa Squillacote known as hair stylist
  • Yvette Stone known as additional hairstylist
  • Katrina Suhre known as additional hair stylist
  • Vasilios Tanis known as makeup artist
  • Jason Willis known as makeup artist
  • Beka Wilson known as hair stylist
  • Jose Zamora known as hair stylist
  • Conor McCullagh known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Brian Baker known as set designer
  • Pedro Barquin known as greens on set foreman
  • Laurent Ben-Mimoun known as production illustrator
  • Michael C. Biddle known as digital set designer
  • Jack Brunacini Jr. known as carpenter
  • Jack Brunacini Jr. known as propmaker
  • Anthony Cam known as set dresser
  • Monica Castro known as assistant property master
  • Matt Codd known as concept artist
  • Richard M. Cole known as general foreman
  • Monica D'Onofrio known as property assistant
  • Jeffrey DeBell known as greens coordinator
  • Crystal Dellinger known as propmaker
  • D. Tobias Denney known as assistant property master: second unit
  • Kate Emery known as art department production assistant
  • Tim Flattery known as concept designer
  • Trish Gallaher Glenn known as property master
  • William F. Gambill known as stand-by painter
  • Jeremy Andy Gibbs known as propmaker
  • Michael E. Hall known as carpenter
  • Melissa Harrison known as property coordinator
  • Frank J. Hart known as location foreman
  • Lillian Heyward known as scenic artist
  • Cindy Ichikawa known as art department coordinator
  • Tommy John known as painter gangboss
  • Scott Johnson known as on set dresser
  • Steven Ladish known as set dresser
  • George Lee known as set designer
  • Stephanie Macomber Kern known as stand-by painter
  • Alex McCarroll known as set designer
  • Ron Mendell known as prop illustrator
  • Randall Milazzo known as propmaker
  • Lindsey Moran known as assistant art director
  • Jonathan S. Morgan known as plasterer
  • Thomas A. Morris Jr. known as construction coordinator
  • Lenual Mukai known as carpenter
  • Gregg Perez known as set dresser
  • Edward J. Protiva known as set dresser
  • Cara Rhodes known as propmaker
  • Ricky Riggs known as charge scenic
  • David Saltzman known as assistant property master
  • Trey Shaffer known as graphic designer
  • Gloria Shih known as concept illustrator
  • Rae Signer known as scenic artist
  • Bennet Silver known as set dresser
  • Ben T. Sineath Jr. known as carpenter
  • Brett C. Smith known as leadman
  • Reid Southen known as concept artist
  • Jackson Sze known as concept illustrator
  • Samuel J. Tell known as set dresser
  • Vincent Thomas known as art director: vfx
  • Vincent Thomas known as concept artist
  • Vincent Thomas known as look development artist
  • Dana White known as set dresser
  • Jack White known as food stylist
  • Kara Williamson known as propmaker
  • James C. Wirth known as plasterer
  • Nicole Zaks known as set decoration buyer
  • Cat Cacciatore known as property assistant (uncredited)
  • Jordan Foster known as set dresser (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Color Force
  • Larger Than Life Productions
  • Lionsgate
  • Ludas Productions

Other Companies:

  • Cablecam International  aerial camera system
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • Jungle Exotics Inc.  animals provided by
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  hair and makeup trailer
  • Movie Movers  trucks
  • North Carolina Film Office  thanks
  • Pierce Law Group  additional legal services
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment
  • Universal Republic Records  score album
  • Universal Republic Records  soundtrack


  • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Belga Films (2012) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Forum Hungary (2012) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Kadokawa Pictures (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2012) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Lotte Entertainment (2012) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Spentzos Films (2012) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2012) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Videocine S.A. de C.V. (2012) (Mexico) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2012) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Eagle Films (2013) (Non-USA) (all media) (middle east)
  • Mongkol Major (2012) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Noori Pictures (2011) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Paris Filmes (2012) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (India) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Hybride Technologies (visual effects)
  • Legacy Effects (creature design)
  • Pixomondo (visual effects)
  • Rhythm and Hues (visual effects)
  • Rising Sun Pictures (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Hannah Acock known as talent manager: Pixomondo
  • Suzaine Aguirre known as digital imaging specialist
  • Alexandre Alin known as tracking artist: Hybride
  • Stuart Allan known as post-viz artist
  • Melissa Almeida known as textures & lighting: Hybride
  • Xuzhen An known as roto artist/compositor: Pixomondo
  • Jaroslaw Ancuta known as paint & roto artist: Pixomondo
  • Ivaylo Andonov known as compositor: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Eric Armstrong known as animator: Pixomondo
  • Oliver Arnold known as environment supervisor
  • Oliver Arnold known as division vfx producer: Pixomondo
  • Nicole Ashford known as matchmove artist
  • Marc Aubry known as animator: Hybride
  • Wenting Bai known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Louise Baker known as postvis supervisor: Proof, Inc.
  • Sam Baker known as animator: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Anthony Barcelo known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Thomas Barnack known as animator: Pixomondo
  • Jacquie Barnbrook known as visual effects producer
  • Pharoah Barrett known as 3D artist: Digiscope
  • Patrice-Alain Barrette known as compositor: Hybride
  • Michel Barrière known as compositing supervisor: Hybride
  • Tyler Bartley known as digital matte painter
  • Paul Beaudry known as compositor: Hybride
  • Olivier Beaulieu known as lead compositor: Hybride
  • Michel Bergeron known as compositor: Hybride
  • Louise Bertrand known as bidding producer: Hybride
  • Pierrot Berube known as production assistant: Hybride
  • Pierre Blain known as compositor: Hybride
  • Raphaele Blanchard known as tracking artist: Hybride
  • Jason Bohbot known as technical support: Hybride
  • Sebastian Bommersheim known as digital compositor
  • Anto Bond known as creature modeler
  • Cédric Bonnaffoux known as technical support: Hybride
  • Maryse Bouchard known as textures & lighting: Hybride
  • Tim Bowman known as digital compositor
  • Colin Brady known as animation director: Pixomondo
  • Thomas Bremer known as animator: Pixomondo
  • Caroline Brien known as compositor: Hybride
  • Stéphan Brisson known as textures & lighting: Hybride
  • Simon Britnell known as division asset lead: Pixomondo
  • Shawn Broes known as vfx editor: Pixomondo
  • Freddy Burgos known as animator: Pixomondo
  • Caroline Bélisle known as administration: Hybride
  • Miguel Diaz Cachero known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Ben Campanaro known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Tom Capizzi known as digital effects artist
  • Regina Carney known as visual effects coordinator
  • Owen Carroll known as roto/paint artist: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Irfan Celik known as lighting td: Pixomondo
  • Julien Chabot known as textures & lighting: Hybride
  • Sibi Chakaravarthi known as texture painter
  • François Chancrin known as lead animator: Hybride
  • Philip Chaoui known as cg generalist: Pixomondo
  • Tun-En Chen known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Cheng Cheng known as roto artist: Pixomondo
  • Wally Chin known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Jeremy Chinn known as modeler: Rhythm and Hues
  • Hyemee Choi known as senior lighting artist
  • Genevieve Claire known as production coordinator: Pixomondo
  • Emma Clifton known as digital compositor: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Alex Coble known as roto/paint artist: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Charles Collyer known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Matt Conway known as concept artist
  • John Cornejo known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Mélanie Cotton known as technical support: Hybride
  • Joseph Creswell known as lighting & lookdev technical director
  • Joanie Croteau known as visual effects coordinator: Hybride
  • Robert Cvengros known as tracker/matchmover
  • Steve Cypreos known as modeller: post production
  • Christophe Damiano known as textures & lighting: Hybride
  • Gilbert Dawson-Kesson known as facility runner: Pixomondo
  • Ante Dekovic known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Thierry Delattre known as visual effects supervisor: Hybride
  • Luc Desmarais known as technical support: Hybride
  • Iacopo Di Luigi known as 3d generalist: Pixomondo
  • John Dietz known as visual effects supervisor: VisPop
  • Direct Dimensions known as 3D scanning
  • Matthew G. Donnan known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Ian Doss known as on-set surveyor
  • Sheena Duggal known as visual effects supervisor
  • Lafleche Dumais known as computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
  • Mathieu Dupuis known as compositor: Hybride
  • Abdullah Ecirli known as digital compositor
  • Curtis Edwards known as CG supervisor
  • Stephen Edwards known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Dwayne Lance Elahie known as lead rigging: Hybride
  • Theresa Ellis known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Jared Embley known as crowd td
  • Shawn Ewashko known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Maeve Eydmann known as matchmove td: Pixomondo
  • Dean Faulder known as modeler: Pixomondo
  • Jean-Pierre Flayeux known as compositing supervisor: Hybride
  • Fortunato Frattasio known as visual effects artist: Digiscope
  • Jammie Friday known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Florian Friedmann known as animation technical directore: Pixomondo
  • Garrett Fry known as digital matte painter
  • Feng Gao known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Yanick Gaudreau known as textures & lighting: Hybride
  • Mikael Genachte-Lebail known as digital matte painter: Rhythm & Hues
  • Bill Georgiou known as compositor
  • Gildas Gerdes known as 3d generalist: Pixomondo
  • Sabrina Gerhardt known as executive producer: Pixomondo
  • Stephan Gervais known as technical support: Hybride
  • Roger Gibbon known as matte painting artist: Pixomondo
  • Ketki Gokhale known as rigger: Pixomondo
  • John Goodman known as animator
  • Jimmy Gordon known as technical animation supervisor
  • Jon Gourley known as 3d generalist: Pixomondo
  • Joshua Graham known as matchmove artist: Pixomondo
  • Victor Grant known as effects supervisor
  • Olivier Gravel known as production assistant: Hybride
  • Steve Graves known as lighting artist: Pixomondo
  • Sarah Grieshammer known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Ryan Grobins known as lighting technical director
  • Brooke Grossmann known as compositing supervisor: Pixomondo
  • Veronique Guay known as compositor: Hybride
  • Myléne Guérin known as visual effects coordinator: Hybride
  • Jennifer Hachigian known as pipeline: Pixomondo
  • Eric Hance known as cg supervisor: Pixomondo
  • Leah Hardstark known as lead data wrangler
  • Patrick Haskew known as techvis artist: The Third Floor
  • Nicholas Heigel known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Edward Helmers known as senior technical director: lighting
  • Yasemin Hepguler known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Simon Herden known as roto and paint artist: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Isaac Hingley known as animator: Pixomondo
  • Nadine Homier known as compositor: Hybride
  • Paul Hopkins known as matchmove/layout
  • Angie Howard known as visual effects production manager
  • Florian Jackl known as system administrator: Pixomondo
  • Sébastien Jacob known as compositor: Hybride
  • Gemma James known as visual effects production manager: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Andrea Jamiel known as render wrangler: Pixomondo
  • Whan Je known as i/o coordinator: Pixomondo
  • Daniel Jeannette known as visual effects animation consultant
  • Henry Jefferson known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Hongyan Ji known as roto artist/compositor: Pixomondo
  • Chao Jiang known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Matthew Frederick Johnson known as production support
  • Will Johnson known as digital compositor
  • Dennis Jones known as visual effects supervisor: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Joseph Kasparian known as lead textures & lighting
  • Dan Katcher known as modeler: Pixomondo
  • Salauddin Kazi known as crowd technical director: Rising Sun Pictures
  • John Kearns known as digital restoration
  • Mark Kennedy known as animator: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Annabelle Kent known as digital compositor
  • Anne Kim known as compositor: Hybride
  • Kevin Kipper known as lighting artist: Pixomondo
  • Katharina Koepke known as vfx producer: Pixomondo
  • Sebastian Kral known as it administrator: Pixomondo
  • Lon Krung known as modeler: Pixomondo
  • Craig Kuehne known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Thilo Kuther known as executive producer: Pixomondo
  • Anouk L'Heureux known as visual effects coordinator: Hybride
  • Alain Lacroix known as lead layout artist: Hybride
  • Sean Lahiff known as visual effects editor: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Mathieu Lalonde known as modeler: Hybride
  • David Lamps known as animation layout: Rhythm and Hues Studios
  • Vassilios Lanaris known as textures & lighting: Hybride
  • Thomas Lautenbach known as division vfx supervisor: Pixomondo
  • Mathieu Leclaire known as technical director: Hybride
  • Daniel Leduc known as visual effects producer: Hybride
  • Francois Leduc known as lead compositor: Hybride
  • Adrian Lee known as fx td: Pixomondo
  • Richard S. Lee known as matte painting artist: Pixomondo
  • Winston Lee known as digital compositor
  • Samuel Lepage-Bedard known as production assistant: Hybride
  • Chun Ho Ray Leung known as modeller
  • Danny Levesque known as lead effects animator: Hybride
  • Eric Levin-Hatz known as i/o coordinator: Pixomondo
  • Justin Lewers known as modeler: Pixomondo
  • Qian Li known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Wenkang Li known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Randy Little known as compositor: Ludus Production
  • Liwen Liu known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Jesse Looney known as coordinator: Pixomondo
  • Martine Losier known as visual effects coordinator: Hybride
  • Mabel known as modeller: Rhythm and Hues
  • Ben Mackey known as systems administrator: Pixomondo
  • Jason Madigan known as composite supervisor
  • Jocelyn Maher known as lead compositor: Hybride
  • Stephane Mailet known as tracking artist: Hybride
  • Tytus Majerski known as digital compositor
  • Les Major known as animator: Pixomondo
  • Christoph Malessa known as executive producer: Pixomondo
  • Adica Manis known as producer: Pixomondo
  • Evans Mark known as visual effects artist
  • Richard Martin known as compositing supervisor: Hybride
  • Sven Martin known as division vfx supervisor: Pixomondo
  • Lorenzo Mastrobuono known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Dale Matasovsky known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Björn Mayer known as vfx supervisor: Pixomondo
  • Heather McAuliff known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Ben McEwan known as roto/paint artist: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Campbell McGrouther known as lighting technical director: Rising Sun Pictures
  • David McKay known as tracking artist: Hybride
  • Steve McLafferty known as matchmove artist: Pixomondo
  • Frederic Medioni known as lead tracking: Hybride
  • Francois Metivier known as compositor: Hybride
  • Daniel Midgley known as animation coordinator: Pixomondo
  • Natalie Millar known as visual effects coordinator: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Lori C. Miller known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Belly Mingmuong known as production assistant: Hybride
  • Harriet Minter known as hr advisor: Pixomondo
  • Jeanette Monero known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Michel Murdock known as visual effects financial controller: Hybride
  • Guy A. Mussori known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Benjamin Myers known as compositor: Hybride
  • Giang T. Nguyen known as 3d intern: Pixomondo
  • Merysa Nicholas known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Catalin Niculescu known as lead rigger
  • Nicolas-Alexandre Noel known as computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
  • Gary Nolin known as visual effects producer: Rhythm & Hues
  • Sam Norman known as digital compositor: Rising Sun
  • Mark Norrie known as senior lighting technical director: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Onesimus Nuernberger known as matte painter: Rhythm & Hues
  • Amy Nugent known as render wrangler: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Philip Nussbaumer known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Sean O'Connor known as compositor: Hybride
  • Silam Oezkaya known as global talent manager: Pixomondo
  • Viktorija Ogureckaja known as line producer: Pixomondo
  • Olivier Painchaud known as technical support: Hybride
  • Andrew Palmer known as matchmover
  • John F.K. Parenteau known as vfx supervisor: Pixomondo
  • Emanuele Paris known as fx td: Pixomondo
  • Hyejin Park known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Betsy Paterson known as visual effects supervisor: Rhythm & Hues
  • Steve Pelchat known as layout artist: Hybride
  • Emmanuel Pelletier known as compositor: Hybride
  • Patrick Piche known as lead technical director: Hybride
  • Johannes Pink known as pipeline td: Pixomondo
  • Armando Plata known as associate producer: Pixomondo
  • Jason Pomerantz known as production supervisor (IMAX Version)
  • Brett Purmal known as senior animator
  • Ingo Putze known as art director: Pixomondo
  • Jason Quintana known as crowd supervisor: Rhythm & Hues
  • Kim Rampaul known as coordinator: Pixomondo
  • Lance Ranzer known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Pierre Raymond known as visual effects executive producer: Hybride
  • Clint G. Reagan known as pre-visualization director
  • Florent Revel known as matchmover
  • Sébastien Rioux known as compositor: Hybride
  • David Roberge known as modeler: Hybride
  • Ben Roberts known as digital compositor: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Ben Roberts known as sequence lead: Rising Sun Pictures
  • James William Roberts known as lighting technical director
  • Duncan Rochfort known as vfx editor: Pixomondo
  • Bill Rodgers known as animator: Pixomondo
  • Karl Rogovin known as dynamics effects animator: Hammerhead
  • Anthony Ruey known as coordinator: Pixomondo
  • Alessandro Sabbioni known as lighting td: Pixomondo
  • Marc Sadeghi known as visual effects executive producer: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Imran Sajid known as lighting td: Pixomondo
  • Katy Savoie known as compositor: Hybride
  • John Schratz known as 3d generalist: Pixomondo
  • Crystle Schrecengost known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Elaina Scott known as animator: Pixomondo
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  • Kim Tobin known as compositor (as Kim Worrall)
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  • Matthew Twyford known as division vfx supervisor: Pixomondo
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  • Marion Voignier known as compositor: Pixomondo
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  • Xiaowei Wang known as division lead compositor: Pixomondo
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  • Kaifeng Wei known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Henry Weickert known as pipeline: Pixomondo
  • Dawn Wells known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
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  • Dongyue Yang known as roto artist: Pixomondo
  • Mingzhe Yang known as i/o coordinator: Pixomondo
  • Zhao Yang known as roto/paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Kenny Yong known as matchmove artist
  • Greg Young known as look development technical director: Pixomondo
  • Yangyang Yu known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Deborah Zadzora known as administration: Hybride
  • Fabio Zangla known as head of lighting: Pixomondo
  • Jennie Zeiher known as bidding producer: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Le Zhang known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Zhixin Zhang known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Jia Zhao known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Bin Zheng known as compositor: Pixomondo
  • Huajing Zhou known as paint artist: Pixomondo
  • Jerry Zigounakis known as lead previs artist
  • Jason Michael Zimmerman known as vfx supervisor: Pixomondo
  • Christoph Zollinger known as division vfx producer: Pixomondo
  • Jiarun Zou known as compositor: Pixomondo
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MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images – all involving teens



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  1. Liniara from Sweden
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    Let me start by saying that I'm a huge fan of the "The Hunger Games"book series by Suzanne Collins. I've read them countless times and whenI found out they were making a movie of them a little over a year ago Iwas very excited. But I was also worried.

    "The Hunger Games" is not very easy source material. The book iswritten in first person narrative with very detailed descriptions ofeverything form the characters' looks to the strange futuristic devicesthey use in Panem, the future version of the U.S. where the story takesplace. I couldn't imagine that they would be able to convey everydetail as I had imagined it and make the story believable without anR-rating or a huge budget. All of my concerns were wiped away when Isaw the movie.

    I've never seen a more faithful adaption of a book in my life. All ofthe costumes, the sets, the locations, the cast (I'll talk more aboutthem in a while) and the pacing is as if they were exactly replicatedfrom the book. And the small things that do differ or are added (suchas more insight to the gamemakers' control room) only add to theamazing world Collins created and improve the narrative movie-wise. Andthe movie is great for people who haven't read the books as well. Notonce did I feel as if something was vague or badly explained.

    The cast is stellar. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss carries the movie andmakes me regret complaining about her casting because she was too "hot"and not starved enough. She IS Katniss and one can feel the gravenessof an situation just by looking at one of her expressions. JoshHutcherson as Peeta is also a true breakout performance. The way helooks at Katniss will makes girls all over the world envy her, justlike it's supposed to be. Other standouts in the cast include StanleyTucci as the flamboyant talk-show host Caesar Flickerman, WoodyHarrelson as the sarcastic but caring mentor Haymitch and Wes Bentleyas the sinister game-maker Seneca Crane (his final scene might be thebest one in the whole movie). The child actors Willow Shields andAmandla Stendberg who portrays Prim and Rue are believable andheartbreaking even though they're inexperienced.

    Despite the PG-13 rating the movie doesn't gloss over or sugarcoatanything for their audience. The violence may not be gloriously graphicbut it's still there. People will feel the tributes' pain and despairand not even realize the violence isn't gory until you've left thetheater. The movie also deals with important themes like survival,governmental control, grief and helplessness. There is a minor lovestory subplot, but it doesn't distract from the movies main themes. Inmy opinion I think it rather improves them by showing some light in thedark.

    The only complaint I can think of is that the movie feels too short.It's almost two and a half hours long, but it feels as if it goes by ina blink. I will have to see it again to fully pay attention to everydetail (such as the costumes and animation of the Capitol, which lookedamazing). But this is still not me saying that the movie is rushed,because as I stated the source material is very dense and thefilmmakers managed include almost everything.

    People are expecting this to become the next Twilight-style teen moviefranchise. I can't say I think the two stories have anything in commoneven though I hope "The Hunger Games" will do as well at the boxoffice. But if the first movie is any indication of the quality ofwhat's to come – this will be a series way out of Twilight's league.

  2. glitchz from Canada
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    caught an early private screening with my brother and… wow…

    i couldn't have been more excited to see the movie after reading thehunger games trilogy and it didn't disappoint AT ALL!!! it definitelystayed true to the books (with some minor changes that actuallyworked). the fight scenes were unbelievable and ruthless (woo, bloodand full on scenes- no sneaky camera-work to hide the brutality.definitely pushed the pg13 rating!). fantastic acting by the wholecast. i couldn't have been more pleased with this movie! definitelyrecommend seeing it (and reading the series) fans will be surprised andNOT disappointed

  3. emptygravity from United States
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    What a bitter disappointment! In order to fully explain what wasmissing from the film, please bear with me while I describe what Iloved about the books.

    Suzanne Collins created a moving, detailed portrayal of a girl livingunder a cruel dictatorship. Set against a background of extremepoverty, these books show how the unequal distribution of wealthaffects their society. Those living in the wealthy Capitol have solittle in common with the destitute people from the Districts that theyactually regard the deaths of District children as entertainment. Theviolence in The Hunger Games is shocking because it is brutal andunnecessary, yet wholly embraced- even celebrated- by Capitolresidents. As for the District tributes, they are not enemies but theykill each other all the same, some reluctantly and others withenthusiasm. As the trilogy progresses, it becomes a compellingcommentary on the madness of war and the sad futility of violence.However, these major themes are woven into the books in such a way thatyou may not even notice they are being discussed. You become soimmersed in Katniss's world that poverty is a given and violence a sadbut expected part of life.

    The film follows the basic storyline but lacks emotional depth. Thecharacter development is almost nonexistent and the deaths in the arenaare bloodless in every sense of the word. The tributes are little morethan walking stereotypes so their deaths have no impact. Even Rue'sdeath, which was heart-wrenching in the book, was little more than aside note in the movie. If I hadn't read the books, I don't think Iwould have understood the dynamic between the tributes at all,including the conflicted relationship between Katniss and Peeta. Theirromance comes across as cheesy and unconvincing. There is no hint ofthe bond that grows between them as the story progresses.

    Perhaps my biggest criticism of this movie is that no one seems to begoing hungry! I cannot believe the filmmakers overlooked this importantpoint. The Capitol's exploitation of the Districts is supposed to bethe backdrop for the entire story. When Katniss arrives in the Capitoland observes how their food appears at a touch of a button, she cannotunderstand how the Capitol residents fill their time. The majority ofher days are consumed with feeding her family. It defines her. Most ofthe tributes have never had enough to eat and this is a major factor inthe Games.

    The beginning of the movie seemed promising. The ominous mood indistrict 12 was just right. It is apparent that the people who livethere are exhausted and resigned to their fate. When residents appearfor the reaping, they look like cattle being rounded up for slaughter.The Capitol, in contrast, is frightening in it's freneticartificiality. This juxtaposition was well-done. However, thefilmmakers lost me when the tributes entered the arena.

    There was no sense of tension in the arena. The tributes make all kindsof noise as they move through the woods, seemingly oblivious to thefact that they are being hunted. Katniss stands about ten feet awayfrom Cato as he snaps a boys neck and we are supposed to believe hedoesn't see her? The scenes from the control room are pointless and addnothing to the movie. They should have spent that time on characterdevelopment! Unfortunately, this lack of character development causesthe emotional scenes to fall flat. I am astounded this was evenpossible, given the subject matter, but the overall result lacksintensity and depth.

    I will credit Elizabeth Banks with an excellent portrayal of EffieTrinket. She adds humor and a sense of the absurdity of Capitol life.Donald Sutherland also does well as President Snow. Jennifer Lawrenceis an adequate Katniss but Josh Hutcherson is terrible as Peeta. He'sjust not very likable. We see none of his inner strength. Instead, hecomes across and whiny and weak. And Wes Bentley seems to be includedjust to showcase his ability to grow an amazing beard.

    One more thing. What happened to Haymitch?! He's supposed to be aself-destructive drunk! His cunning is all the more unexpected becausehe seems incapable of taking care of himself. I was thrilled when theycast Woody Harrelson and he does well in some parts but it seemed likethey had to water down his character to market it to young adults.

    This movie had a lot of potential but it fell short in many importantways. A score of 3/10 is pretty harsh but I felt as though thefilmmakers kept all of the plot points and none of the meaning. Readthe books instead.

  4. lululuci from United States
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    Wow, what an adrenaline rush! I was so impressed with this film that Icreated an account just so I could review it. I'm from Hawaii and Imanaged to catch a early screening of the movie. First off let me startby saying that I have read all three books, and I must admit that thetrailer made me a bit hesitant. I mean in the trailer they didn't getthe little details right (for instance Katniss's backpack is suppose tobe orange and it isn't) but that didn't stop me from seeing the movie,and it SHOULD NOT stop you either! The movie followed the books asclosely as a "PG-13" rating would allow, and the things they did changedidn't distract from the overall movie.

    I don't want to say too much, but this movie is a magnificent start towhat I hope will be an epic trilogy. The actors/actresses arewonderfully cast and their performances are extremely convincing. Notto mention that there is plenty of suspense and action to keep youglued to the screen (even if you've already read the books!)

    Now I now it's difficult to watch a movie when you've already read thebooks. People already have preconceived notions about who theactors/actresses should have been, what the setting should look like,or how the plot should unfold. But I promise you, the movie does thebook PLENTY of justice. My advice would be to enter the theatre with abig bag of popcorn and an open mind…just make sure it's ready to beblown!

  5. littlebear87 from Tallahassee
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    Simply, many over the age of 18 read these books and loved them, and itwasn't because there was a girl, a boy, and another boy in a lovestory. It was about an awful political system where children faced tothe death for their survival with awful paragraphs of cruel brutality.This is part of what made the book unique. The movie, was an attempt todraw a crowd like Twilight for money, and completely blurred outchildren killing each other to survive so that it could be made PG13.Ridiculous. Jennifer Lawerence is an AWESOME actress though, and shedid a great job. Throughout the movie I was never convinced that shelived in district 12 nearly starving… or that Peeta was dying in thehunger games.. it was all very pretty and not anything like I imaginedthey would do with it. Oh well, maybe they'll remake a rated R versionsome day that adequately portrays the books theme.

  6. aryassen from United Kingdom
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    OK, first let me admit that I haven't read the books, and I didn't evenknow they existed: I was taken to the cinema by my girlfriend, who sawsomething in the trailers I didn't which made her all excited. So, Isat there with a clear mindset, no expectations, no prejudice, nobackground info whatsoever. First things first: whoever invented thethe "let's shake the camera all around because it makes the movie somuch more lifelike" and convinced others to follow him or her, shouldbe shot. Twice, in fact, just to be sure…It is really annoying, andso unnecessary: it is not making anything more real. For me, in manycases the hectic and jerky camera movement seemed to be only a poorattempt to mask fact that there is nothing (or not much) happening, butit tries to make it look intense and action packed regardless. Socheap…and apart from pissing me off, it didn't work at all, but Iadmit I well may be a minority… The story feels like it is hanging inthe air. Again, I didn't read the books so the scenes may have beenadequately set there, but in the movie you get 10 lines, and off yougo…and it doesn't add much depth later on either. The mostfundamental question remained: what's the point? Sending 2 dozens ofyounglings to slaughter won't hold aggression at bay in itself,actually it is more likely that the infuriated parents driven mad fromthe grieving over the unnecessary and pointless death of their childrenwill cry for revenge and go into resistance, or even spark a brutalbloodbath (especially that it is an annual event, so sooner or latereveryone will be affected by friends or family). Also, the scale ishanging in the air too, you don't know how the 2 opposing populations(the "citizens" of the shiny new world and the habitants of the 12district) relate to each other, which would be rather pivotal. I won'tgo on with the many potholes, the bottom line for me is that the scenewas set simply poorly. The story, well, is very simple and straight,once you stepped over the inadequate surroundings. Feels painfullyunfinished, and though I din't know there is a series behind, I told tothe (rather disappointed) missus in the end that it must be so becausethey already have a sequel in mind. Knowing that gives a little excuse,but still left a hollow "is this really it?" kind of feeling in theboth of us. The striking similarities with Battle Royal I'll leavealone… Acting was OK, considering the absurdity of some of thecharacters and the whole context (background and story). I'm sorry, I'mnot a big fan of the lead actress (Jennifer Lawrence), as I didn't evenknow her before this movie (althogh I saw and really liked First Class,but somehow couldn't connect). Regardless, she does a good job ofportraying and transferring the tension, fear and uncertainty of thesituation she is pulled into, at least a good number of scenes, in facther efforts were one of the few "ups" for me among the many "downs"during that long 2,5 hours. Kudos to Elizabeth Banks as well forcreating a "sugar-monster" character, and also for the fact that thoughI know her face well enough (just seen in Man on the ledge), here Isimply couldn't recognise :) Based on the movie itself, I really don'tknow how this can be so popular, but I admit I'm probably not thetarget audience, and also the books may be much better (well, itwouldn't be difficult as the bar is set really low). Donald Sutherlandwas brilliant saying "only hope is stronger than fear", but that and MsLawrence's occasional shine doesn't make this worth to sacrifice andevening for. I have a frequent visitor card so it didn't cost meanything, but if I've paid almost 10 quids for this, I would be ratherupset…

  7. marko radić from Croatia
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    like everyone else, before going to the movies I stopped on IMDb andread a few criticisms of the film – both those with better than averagegrade, and worse. But I think it's finally time to wonder what is thepurpose of this time consuming ritual. because when a little thought,in few years back, i found that just a couple of films is wellcharacterized with the average grade on this site.

    but here, not only that I stopped with this habit, I decided to writemy first review. for me like for many others with first reviews,trigger is terrible dissatisfaction with seen. I did not read the booknor did I know until yesterday that this film is another adaptation.for the book I do not know, but the movie turned out, on my sorrow, tobe for children up to 14 years maximum – the magic of 21st century andadvertising machinery.

    After the first few minutes of the film when you realize you're 28 yearold who is stuck with teenage movie and after you realize what wouldnot just the end, but everything, look like, you tell yourself: ''sitback and at least try to enjoy visual side of the movie''. but that tooceases to be an option once you realize that you are about throw upbecause some producer decided it was more fun instead of continuousmotion of camera to record in the way: cut-ear, cut-leg, cut-tree inthe background,cut-somebody runs, cut-Hair… and all that in 0.3second and from different – all possible angles. must be seen to bebelieved. but even that is not the worst, because imagine what thefeeling of nausea you get when you realize that the hour of the movieis spent to describe the characters and get nothing better then awfulcliché: bad guys are trained, arrogant bullies that smile too much andof course despite the superhuman strength, arrogant like that, theymust be kicked by the petite 16 year old shy girl. but since this isstill a children's movie, you will not literally see bloody actionscenes where this brave archer girl kills super-strong and skilledbullies, but you will rather see scenes where those skilled bullies cannot figure out how to catch a girl who ran away from them to a tree, sothey decide camp under a tree until this girl alone does not get hungryand climb down. but because it was cold, of course, the bullies getcold so they find it was smart thing to make a fire and warm themself,but not too close to tree as it could catch on fire and kill a girlthey've been chasing to kill.


    To conclude, if you're not 14 year old teenager, this is not a moviefor you. don't get yourself tricked like I did.


  8. Krys Grimm from United States
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    I devoured the books. I loved the depth, the emotion, the politics, thesatire. The world Suzanne Collins created, I could see it. It was us,the United States. It was believable, even if it was grotesque andterrifying. I was sucked into Katniss, completely understanding herthoughts and actions. When I found out that Jennifer Lawrence would beplaying her, I was dumbfounded. Why? She doesn't resemble Katniss. Fromher appearance to her character, she was the opposite. Tall, busty,flaunting her looks (did you see what she wore to the red carpetpremiere?). Not the skinny, meager, shy, sixteen-year-old (Lawrence is21) girl Collins wrote about. And Josh Hutcherson. Where did he comefrom? Last I saw him, he was fourteen, playing Jess Aarons in Bridge toTerebithia. He may be more of Peeta than Lawrence was Katniss, but hestill wasn't right. Collins emphasizes Peeta's largeness—how he towersover Katniss, making her feel safe, or how his strong arms embrace her.Hutcherson is on the short side for his age, and Lawrence appeared tobe the same height if not taller in the film. And, neither she nor Galeappeared to be starving. Liam Hemsworth did not do Gale justice.Although I do not oppose his casting as strongly as I do Hutcherson orLawrence's (mainly because I simply don't like Gale), I did not seeGale on the screen. He didn't look mean enough, hateful enough. Forthose who have read Mockingjay, these traits come into play later andare very important. Willow Shields, who played Prim, did not enticesympathy from me. Her bitter expression throughout was not that of thepoor, little girl too afraid to enter the woods, whose sister cares forher so she won't grow up too soon. The relationship Shields andLawrence portrayed didn't capture the depth of Prim and Katniss'srelationship. Katniss lives for Prim. While Lawrence's acting was okay(save for her scene after Rue's death, where she completelyoverreacted), it wasn't enough to portray the emotion of the books.Yes, I understand that a lot must be cut when a book is made into afilm. But this seemed ridiculous. Lawrence portrayed Katniss'ssimplicity, but little else. Not the independence, the rebelliousattitude, the hostility, the resourcefulness, etc. She never had thespecial understanding with Haymitch that allowed her to interpret thetrue meaning of his gifts. Lawrence-Katniss's relationship withHutcherson-Peeta was lackluster at best. I doubt I would haveunderstood the depth of his love if I hadn't read about it. The cavescene, which was incredibly moving in the book, seemed insignificant inthe movie. Where were the stories? His father who loved her mother,Prim's goat, the birds who stop when Katniss or her father sing.Several passionate kisses and a shared sleeping bag turned into twobrief kisses and a head on a chest. No deception with the sleep syrupor "very scary pool of blood". Not even a dandelion—Katniss's symbolfor hope, her symbol of Peeta. Their relationship in the movie wasnegligible, not even deserving of a "break-up" scene at the end. Theflashback where he gave her the bread was recent, not when they were11. How much he risked—getting beaten, yelled at—by burning it and thengiving it to her. Her contempt at her own helplessness. Both wereabsent. This movie turned a deep book for adults and teens alike, abook like no other that I have read, into a petty film that onlyteenage girls will enjoy. And not even then. I counted down the days,bought my ticket to the midnight premiere as soon as they were on sale,read every article, watched every trailed like so many other younggirls my age. You would think that, with Suzanne Collins taking anactive role in its production, it would have turned out better. I wasmore than disappointed after watching the movie. Now, all I hope for isfor it to be re-made.

  9. petermichow
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    I saw this at a preview screening and having never read the books I wasunaware what all the fuss is about. Having just seen the film, I amstill unaware what all the fuss is about.

    The central story concerns a future society where 12 areas (orDistricts) have been locked down under police guard and wire fences,after they have held a rebellion against the state at some point. Inpunishment for this rebellion and for rising up against the state; theyhave to provide 2 kids between 12-18 (tributes) each year to fight in'The Hunger Games' -a no holds-barred death match tournament, in whichthere can be only one winner. This is televised round the world and canbe manipulated depending on how the action is heating up and who theaudience's favourites are (similar to a certain Arnie movie). We followa girl / woman from District 12, who volunteers to take her youngersister's place in the tournament, after she had been selected anddidn't want to go. She travels to the capital with another boy from thedistrict and there they begin extensive training ready for the games tobegin. I won't go into any more detail without wishing to spoil theother parts of the story but once the tournament starts – there beginsa love story, various double crossing and in a brilliant stand-outscene; a hilarious disguise that even Andy Mcnab or Bear Grylls intheir special forces days would not have been able conjure up..

    The acting is OK, but the dialogue seems pretty trite and thefuture-scape and costumes, look like someone has just watched acombination of Equilibrium and the 5TH Element over and over and overand over again (Having not read the book I don't know whether thesecostumes were accurate to that?). The main issue is that the violenceis fairly none existent due to the intended teenage audience, thereforesurely losing any power about the wrongs of such a tournament? Ifyou're trying to make a point about violence being glorified in atournament, to water it down or even worse allow the viewer to 'escape'this horror just seems pointless. The kids are all good looking andclean cut, some of whom are slightly annoying but are given noback-story in the film. So aside from our two heroes you really don'thave any vested interest in seeing them survive and obviously becauseyou don't really see any of them die it just doesn't seem thatmeaningful and they appear to just be making up the numbers.

    Overall we all know it's going to make loads of money because there isa die-hard faithful chomping at the bit to see it…but I just didn'tget it.

    It's a very good looking but ultimately fairly empty film. I won't godown the Battle Royale route but obviously they are incredible similar,so make up your own mind about whether this has been 'influenced' bythat.. but I do feel this has been done better and on a lower budgetbefore.


  10. Welcometomediwank from Australia
    27 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

    The Hunger Games – I assume this was directed by those kids who madeThe Blair Witch Project. This shaky cam film was poorly scripted andterribly shot. How hard is it to get a tripod out and film a nice shot?

    Half the film is spent in the quite boring preparation for "The HungerGames." Several cheesy scenes, weak dialogue and the continuousstruggle to make character interesting and/or likable felt too drawnout. Once the games begin we are thrust into a beautiful forestlandscape. The camera shots improve and the action begins.

    Jennifer Lawrence was fine as the lead, she manages to show enoughemotion and shock for someone in her position. She's easy on the eyeand quite likable. Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks both overactedhorrible characters, Lenny Kravitz channeled a vacant gay man for noreason, Woody was fine and Donald Sutherland sadly has minimal screentime.

    Disgusting set design, hideous costumes and poor special effects lathera boring futuristic world. The Hunger Games is weak and borrows heavilyfrom other films and books.

    This film is 100% better than Twilight. 2/10

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