The Hunger Games Film Review

That Bella Swan; she’s no Katniss Everdeen. Both teenage heroines journey deep into the woods at dusk, but while Twilight's Bella returns flanked by bickering supernatural beefcake, Katniss emerges alone, smeared in blood and muck and gnawing on the charred remains of a spatchcocked squirrel. In The Hunger Games, the characters don’t fall straightforwardly into one team or the other. There are no vampires vs werewolves here, just Katniss on one side and the rest of the world on the other, although you wouldn’t fancy the rest of the world’s chances.

The Hunger Games is an adaptation of the first in a set of three fantasy books aimed at younger readers by Suzanne Collins, in which teenagers culled from the 12 districts of a post-Apocalyptic nation called Panem are pitted against each other in an annual, state-sponsored fight to the death.

Collins’s work has often been compared with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels (primarily because both centre on young women and have been phenomenally successful) but the concept owes more to the Japanese author Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, itself adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. There are also borrowings from Stephen King’s The Running Man, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and, of course, real life: it wasn’t so long ago, geologically speaking, when panem et circenses [bread and circuses] was the state’s preferred method of keeping the rabble in order. But despite its well-worn ideas and themes, Gary Ross’s provocative, pulse-surgingly tense adaptation couldn’t feel fresher, or timelier.
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1 Response May 16, 2012

Thanks!!! Finaĺly some words of wisdom! I dont like the way they compare twilight to hg...even the actors are much better may it be in real life or on camera...