The Hunger Games (2012) – Movie Review

The Hunger Games is a science-fiction action drama film based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games"
Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games"

In a not-too-distant future, North America has fallen apart, crippled 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, one boy, one girl, aged 12-18 are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. The 24 participants are forced to kill each others as there can be only one survivor. The Hunger Games are broadcast throughout Panem with all citizens required to watch.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrenece) volunteers to represent District 12 when her twelve-year-old sister, Primrose “Prim” (Willow Shields) is selected. Together with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the male tribute from District 12, they will be pitted against stronger opponents who have been training for their whole lives.

Before the games begin, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), a drunk and the only survivor from District 12 mentors both Katniss and Peeta. Stylist, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) is assigned to prepare Katniss to help her make a good impression with the sponsors before the games begin. Peeta confesses his crush on Katniss since childhood during the introduction and hence, make both Peeta and Katniss popularity goes up.

Once in the arena, Katniss must rely on her wits and her hunting skills in order to survive. As tributes from Districts 1 and 2, led by Cato (Alexander Ludwig) gang up in an attempt to get rid of Katniss, Rue (Amandla Stenberg) from District 11, a tribute with the least odd to win The Hunger Games rescues her and becomes her ally. When Rue is killed by a member from Team Cato when she falls into their booby trap, Katniss becomes depressed and angry at the Capitol, her sadness is shared among the people of District 11 and causes a riot in District 11.

In order to keep things back in order, the organizer decides to change the rule of the games by allowing two survivors as long as they are from the same district. That prompts Katniss to find Peeta only to discover that he’s critically injured. When Katniss tries to retrieve medicines for Peeta, she is almost killed by Cato’s follower until Thresh saves her. Thresh spares Katniss life this time around because of Rue’s friendship with her.

During the finale, Katniss and Peeta have the run of their lives in order to escape a carnivorous monster created by The Capitol’s programmers (which is later spawned into five). When they reach the apex of a steel tent at the starting base, they realize that Cato is there too. The brawl ends with Cato threatens to kill Peeta by twisting his neck. Katniss shoots an arrow onto the hand of Cato instead of his head and Cato falls off the tent and is eaten alive by the monsters.

When Katniss and Peeta think they have already won, the organizer decides to change the rule and makes them kill each other. As both Katniss and Peeta are in love with each other, they decide to kill themselves by consuming poisonous berries only to have the organizer to let both of them live.

Overall, The Hunger Games is well-played with a balance mix of romance, emotions, violence and action. The film is no doubt heart-pumping and enthralling from start to finish with solid performance from Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Good news is that the second film is already in the making and is scheduled to be released in November 2013.

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

  • 8 out of 10
  • Entertaining and enthralling film to watch even if you don’t read the book
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The Hunger Games (2012) Trailer

The Hunger Games is a sci-fi action film based on a novel by Suzanne Collins. 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. Directed by Gary Ross and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games opens on March 23, 2012.

The Hunger Games (2012) Teaser Trailer

The Hunger Games is a sci-fi film about a young girl who volunteers to take her sister’s place in a fight to the death in a dystopian future. Directed by Gary Ross and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games opens on March 23, 2012.

X-Men: First Class (2011) – Movie Review

X-Men: First Class is the fifth installment of X-Men film series and is the prequel to the first three X-Men movies.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence and Caleb Landry Jones in "X-Men: First Class"
Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence and Caleb Landry Jones in "X-Men: First Class"

In the pre World War II days, young Erik Lensherr is separated from his parents by Nazi guards. In rage, Lensherr’s mind bends a metal gate and scientist Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) witnesses it and orders Lensherr to use his magnetism power to move a coin which he fails and Shaw shoots his mom — which triggers Lensherr’s superior magnetic power. A young Charles Xavier discovers and befriends a young shape-shifting mutant named Raven (who later on was nicknamed Mystique).

Back in the present day of 1962, Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) continues his search for Shaw for revenge. While Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), an Oxford University graduate is publishing his thesis on mutation and lives with his foster sister, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence). Meantime, Shaw and his mutant crony of Azazel (Jason Flemyng) a demon who looks like a hybrid of Darth Maul and Hellboy with the ability to teleport, Riptide (Álex González), a mutant who can create whirlwind and Emma Frost (January Jones), a telepath who can turn her body into diamond form causes havoc by forcing U.S. Army Colonel Hendry to install missiles in Turkey to trigger war with the Russians.

Under a desperate move to stop Shaw, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) reaches out to Xavier. Alas, as expected, a series of event after that brings Xavier, Lensherr and MacTaggert together. Xavier and Lensherr then join forces and rope in mutants from all over the world using Xavier telepathy power to locate them. They discover Beast, Angel, Havok, Darwin and Banshee. When Xavier and company discovers Shaw’s plan to trigger a World War III, they try to stop him at all cost.

Although the film has more story-telling by introducing the characters in a more elaborated manner, the film can be quite predictable given the fact the sequel of X-Men films were completed years ago. Despite that, expect surprises and differences since X-Men: First Class only follows the comic loosely leaving behind important characters like Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey.

However, do watch out for cameos from Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Rebecca Romijn as the older Mystique.

X-Men: First Class should be aptly renamed to X-Men: Magneto instead as it centered around Magneto rather than the other characters. Whichever it is, it is anything but First Class.

  • 7 out of 10
  • Good popcorn movie. Watch it only if you’re an avid X-Men fan.
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X-Men: First Class (2011) Trailer

X-Men: First Class is the fifth installment of X-Men film series and is the prequel to the first three X-Men movies. X-Men: First Class takes a trip back to the 1960 before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto — when they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, Stardust), X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Bacon, Zoë Kravitz, Jason Flemyng. The film opens on June 3, 2011.