The Hunger Games (12A)
2012, 142 mins.
So here we are with another adaptation of a series of hugely popular young adult books, this time from author Suzanne Collins. Twilight anyone?
But before you reach for your garlic and silver take note that director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) has crafted a mildly intelligent, highly thrilling and faithful reworking.
In a dystopian future we follow young heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as she’s “forced to take part in the televised Hunger Games, in which children from twelve districts fight to the death in tribute to the ruling Capitol. Whisked off to the big city in the company of fellow pugilist Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Katniss finds herself completely out of her depth.” (Time Out)
“What follows is a gripping satire on social inequality, totalitarian rule and the depths to which the media will plunge for the sake of entertainment. True, this is oft-covered sci-fi territory – see Battle Royale, The Running Man and Blade Runner. But presenting a society this barbaric from a teenager’s point of view for a teenage audience gives it a fresh twist.” (Film4)
Hunger Games is an exciting start to a promising trilogy and more importantly, Jennifer Lawrence has joined the likes of Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton as iconic leading ladies in science fiction.
Review by Jack Whiting