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If there was a word to sum up this film, it would be this: Schadenfreude. Polanski made himself a very entertaining and funny movie about just how absolutely amoral and disgusting human beings are. Surprised that the movie didn't receive more attention near the end of the year. Most definitely a Full Price.
American Reunion- High Matinee/ Low Full Price.
God Bless America- High Matinee/ Low Full Price.
The Human Centipede 2
The b/w was a nice touch and the story was a bit different but overall I walked away saying FUCK THIS MOVIE!
1/2 out of 5.
Title: "The Hunger Games"
Year Released: 2012
Produced By: Nina Jacobson & Gary Ross
Directed By: Gary Ross
Screenplay By: Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, & Billy Ray
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, & Donald Sutherland
Review: This... this is how a great heart pounding young adults novel should be adapted in Hollywood. Those "Twilight" producers and directors better take notes, because this is a prime example of a novel being adapted into a blockbuster, banging, edge of your seat film. This movie takes place in the future (you're not sure how far in the future) where North America has been turned into the nation of Panem. The nation has been split into 12 districts, formerly 13 districts, until the rebellion happened and the 13th district was destroyed. In order to keep the nation in check the government of Panem starts the Hunger Games. An annual event where one male and one female between the ages of 12-18, are chosen at random to participate in these games, where all the tributes (those who have been chosen) are put in an arena and forced to fight to the death until only one remains. Enter Katniss, a 17 year old master archer who lives a very poor life with her nearly catatonic mother and her little 12 year old sister. She spends her time illegally hunting with her best friend Gale and selling the meat she gets. On the day of the drawing for the Hunger Games Katniss's little sister is chosen as a tribute. Knowing that her little sister won't survive Katniss volunteers to take her place. And thus commences a thrilling adventure. "The Hunger Games" does a multitude of things right. But the best aspect of the film, is the lead actress. Lawrence is nearly perfect as the strong female protagonist needed to play this role. She is the rock of the film, when the movie does something wrong, Lawrence's performance makes up for the wrong doing. She is powerful, yet subtle, strong, yet amazingly compassionate to even those that she barely knows. However while the action, suspense, and performances are spot on in this movie, it still makes a few slip ups. For one the film did a poor job of flushing out a few of Katniss's relationships. You can easily tell that Katniss loves her sister deeply, but after that the relationships fall flat. Gale never really becomes more than the hot guy that's just there to please teenage female audiences. And the relationship between Cinna and Katniss is never really explored as much as I would have liked. Katniss and Cinna have a total of two one on one scenes together, yet some how they end up becoming best friends? They could have explored that relationship much more deeply. My other main gripe with this film is camera. The action in the movie is superb, but the shaky camera movement sometimes deeply annoyed me. At times it was very hard to tell where anyone was. It sometimes took me out of the moment when I had to search for the characters on screen. In the end however this film delivers a deeply satisfying experience that is very faithful to the source material, but still retaining its own identity as an entertaining film for the ages. If you're fan of the book check out the movie, hell even if you're not a fan of the book still check out the movie, trust me you won't be disappointed.
Final Grade: B+
The reason for the shaky-cam is because Gary Ross didn't want The Hunger Games to obtain an R rating, so he filmed the deaths scenes of the kids in shaky-cam style. Hope there is a Director's Cut for this...
I don't think so.....