25 April 2012

The Hunger Games is originally a novel yet has a film adaptation: it is set in a fantasy post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem there is a rich centre named 'Capitol' surrounding is 12 small districts. Due to an anti-government rebellion each of these 12 districts must offer one boy and one girl to take part in 'The Hunger Games' as a punishment, each will fight to the death until only one is left victorious.

Strong female protagonist Katniss Everdeen, from district 12, is not chosen; yet volunteers in her younger sisters place. Along with fellow district 12 inhabitant: Peeta Mellark they are both taken to the capital to train for the gruesome game show.

The film set the record for the third best opening weekend box office sales and remained in first place at the box office for 4 consecutive weeks.

Much controversy has surrounded the film despite its positive reviews from critics, people may argue that the age rating of 12A is not appropriate as the film covers many sensitive issues that minors may struggle with; the most obvious being death of other children the same age as the possible viewers, less noticeable but still there is the issue of segregation in how each district is separated. Young children may not understand this, causing problems.

The previous speculations to the similarities between The Hunger Games and Battle Royale as novels have now arose once again, however they have been mostly regarded as coincidence and unimportant when contrasting with how there themes also differ.

The film contains many possible allegories to issues such as politics, religion and how the world may work in general, these are seen to be intentional as the original novel is said to be taken from themes of reality television, Roman games and the Iraq war, yet none are brought to an indefinite conclusion.

So far, Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) has won two CinemaCon Awards - 'Breakthrough Performer of the Year' and 'Next Mega Star'. At the moment, the soundtrack is in fact one of just 16 soundtracks in billboard.com's top 200 albums. 

In conclusion the film is a semi-violent tale with underlying themes that however being executed very well and in good taste may not be suitable for minors,  A sequel based on the second book in the trilogy is scheduled for November 22nd 2013 I myself am already waiting in excitement, however hoping it doesn't become a Twilight-like gimmick.

You can still catch The Hunger Games at FACT until tomorrow. Book tickets online, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 0871 902 5737.