The Hunger Games was no contest

3 Sep

Another best-selling novel adapted for the big screen falls short of becoming something great. Like most of its predecessors these films for younger audiences have too many flaws in the character development, pacing, and action.   Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in the 12th district of a post-apocalyptic nation that holds a deadly game between the districts’ youth. The story has elements from some of the great political writers of the twentieth century (Orwell, Rand, Huxley, Bradbury, and Vonnegut), but the film never let’s the interesting relationships to truly develop and the action sequences are much too predictable for someone who has never read the book.

Unfortunately, Director Gary Ross doesn’t give audiences many reasons to care about the “contestants”.  I also disliked the choice to use a shaky camera to accentuated the chase scenes. It becomes distracting and nauseating.  Jennifer Lawrence does everything she can to save herself and the movie, but she only do so much.


Adam’s Grade: C+

Chuck’s Grade: B

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