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The Hunger Games (U/A)

  • Starring :
    Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks
  • Language : English Genre : Action
  • Synopsis :

    In the evil nation of Panem are some twelve odd districts. And there are some twelve ‘tributes’ competing against one another in the Hunger Games. So who will be the winner?

  • Director :
    Gary Ross
  • Duration: 2 hrs & 22 mins
  • Reviews (72)

Synopsis

In the evil nation of Panem are some twelve odd districts. And there are some twelve ‘tributes’ competing against one another in the Hunger Games. So who will be the winner?

Critic's Review

The expectations are pretty high on this one. No prizes for guessing why. The Hunger Games, the movie, is based on the bestselling young adult novel by Suzanne Collins. Naturally then, like the book, the film raises some thought provoking questions often read between the lines all throughout its screenplay. Will the next World War be all about food? Are most of the government strategies all about playing big brother to the common man? Will the on-going crisis the world over -- Iraq, Syria, Somalia, to name some -- ever reach a fruitful conclusion? Are reality games tweaked to pump up TRP ratings? How much is too much when it comes to seeking all that audience support (votes) in a reality show? Will survival of the fittest be the only driving force in the world that lies ahead? Whatever it is, Greek mythology gets all contemporary (and topical) in here.

The annual Hunger Game event held in the ruined city of futuristic North America, now Panem (Rome anyone?), forces a teenage boy and girl from District 12 to compete in it along with similar pairs from other Districts. The games, of course, are a nationally televised event in which tributes must fight with one another until one survivor remains (the Roman gladiator games anyone?). One such tribute is none other than huntress Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) working sharply on her physical as well as mental skills to get the game bang on (the future Theseus of Greek mythology anyone?). Her aim is to return home - District 12 -- victorious, but before that it's a pick-and-choose game she needs to excel in: the may-you-win-against-all-odds game against her opponents and the game of love, courtesy Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

It's actually Jennifer's preparation for the big game that holds your attention as she pits against some highly-trained tributes who have prepared for these Games since time immemorial. That's another story, nothing seems to intimidate our PYT (Pretty Young Thing) -- not even her lack of confidence when it comes to getting people to like her. Watch her strike the apple for the first time she is all out to make an impression and ensure she is 'remembered' amongst those who matter. She scores a perfect eleven! And then there are more of Jennifer's expertise with the bow and arrow coupled with her moments of anger, desperation, will power and vulnerability. She successfully portrays just what every 16-year-old girl would want to be. A perfect ten, we say! Next is Stanley Tucci (as the talk show host), Donald Sutherland (as President of the evil nation. Wish we had more of him), Woody Harrelson's Haymitch (as the 24X7 drunk mentor and father figure) and Elizabeth Banks's Lady Gaga-inspired Effie Trinket who not just escorts tributes, but brings in ample comic relief.

For the rest, there are swords, bows and arrows, knives, deadly bees, dense forests, computerized beasts multiplied by the click of a mouse, tree climbing, balls of fire, fire fashion statements, do or die instincts, a (not-so-happening) romantic plot....

Reviewed By - ALLEN O' BRIEN, TNN.

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  • Rating 4.55

Review posted within last 6 month

good one ...waiting for d 3 oneee

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted within last 6 month

Slow in the beginning though still enjoyed the movie later on, nice action in the second half.

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted within last 6 month

Good movie with a difference, watchable once

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

i loved this movie

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than a year ago

BORING AT THE BEGINNING BUT ENTERTAINING SECOND HALF

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Innitially quite dragging and boring. But if you can survive that, its will soon catch the pace and wont let you move..

  • Rating 1.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Nothing new.....lots of similarity with the moview 'The condemened, '

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than a year ago

Quite good ..

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

a masterpiece, must watch for story, acting and direction... a complete package...read the book too!!!!

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than a year ago

Quite good

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

i think this movies are so good

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than a year ago

quite good

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

The concept of games like olympics but here the life is on the table where two lovebirds from the same area wins.

  • Rating 1.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Terrible, waste of time.

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than a year ago

thought provoking

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

A nice action movie with a nice concept of conflict !

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

A nice action movie with a nice concept of conflict ! Good to watch !

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than a year ago

Reminded me of the "Death Racer" movie...

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

amazing and stimulating movie

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than a year ago

Not what i expected after x-men.

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than a year ago

Jennifer Lawrence beautiful, otherwise typical American Hollywood teen-angst rubbish. I will wait for the Raymond Shevsky movie to come out...

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than a year ago

Battle Royale owns Hunger Games by 100x times. Read the japanese novel 'Battle Royale' and watch the film if you want an R movie with clinical massacre rather than a tame PG rated Hollywood movie. Nothing like Japanese, Korean or Thai cinema for thrills.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

an exeptionaly directed movie containing the presence of true love,humour,friendship and cool actions at some places.

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Yep, a very amateurish review. I can't even call this a review. The guy forgot to REVIEW the movie. As far as the movie goes, I haven't read the book (on purpose), as I wanted to watch the movie first. I was aware of the hype, and surprisingly was not disappointed. For what it was, this movie was exceptionally good. The acting, the story line, the background score, the way it looked...fantastic. It moved me, and kept me interested throughout. Jennifer Lawrence has earned my respect with this one. Although, I have to say that the Katniss-Peeta romance (?) didn't do much for me. Yes, this idea isn't absolutely original...get over it! No ideas really are. IMHO, originality is overrated, and just made too big a deal of these days. I don't care about Ancient Rome, I know I liked what I saw, and left the theater satisfied.

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than a year ago

nycccc movieee

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Its a one time watch for those who loves hollywood movies. Nothing much for us. OKAY movie.

  • Rating 15

Review posted more than a year ago

After seeing this movie u will start banging ur head to a wall.. after seeing trailer u will expect some cool action but believe me u will not find any a single moment in the movie where can say wowww.. very slow paced story line ..nothing new .. boring..

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than a year ago

There is nothing new in the movie...there have been better books and movies both than this one and on the same topic and I don't quite understand what the noise about this one is. It is just the same story in a different setting with a different set of charcters. Please don't immortalise the movie by telling that it gives hope and blah and blah..The first seventy minutes is very slow and when the movie finally picks up it is too late. I didn't like it at all..watch it when it comes on TV..make sure you have a Plasma or LCD/LED. This Hunger Games is just a marketing success.

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Fabulous

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

It is not that much bad dude..

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than a year ago

ok

  • Rating 15

Review posted more than a year ago

grrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Rating 15

Review posted more than a year ago

Worst ever

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

Poor Indian. Hungry Indian. Long live subhash ghai. Yaadein was awesome. Reminded me of the hunger games.

  • Rating 15

Review posted more than a year ago

Dark, disturbing, viloent, distateful.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

I bet you loved Agent Vinod.. I went to a psychiatrist for post effect treatment.

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

:)

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than a year ago

LUCK (Sanjay Dutt / Imran Khan / Shruti hassan) was a far better and thrilling movie than Hunger Games

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Come on guys... while rating please don't go by how accurate the movie has been to the book, this is a rating just for the movie. I have not read the book, and frankly I didn't like the movie much- just average... And didn't anyone notice the SHAKY CAMERAWORK, I almost had a headache... Could not feel any connection to the characters whatsoever, no real violent scenes, and the movie kind of didn't pay that much contrasting attention to hunger...

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than a year ago

owsm

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Common TOI! Get your facts right! Its 24 tributes and not 12 :-P

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

great movie must watch

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Enjoyed difficult to to do movie after the books. Sequels can be more difficult to narrate on screen. Nice beard seneca crane

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

Firstly, Panem is not an 'evil' nation. It is simply a totalitarian one. I highly despise this review for it does not capture the heart of the story. The reviewer seems to focus too much on Jennifer Lawerence's character of Katniss, than the themes surrounding her. If you were to wake up and do a proper review, you will understand the brilliant chemistry between the characters, amazing cinematography and also the attention to detail in regards to the book.

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

nice acting by sharukh khan. best movie of his. srk roxx.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

brilliantly directed, from a reader's point of you, obviously there were a lot of things missing but overall the movie is epic.

  • Rating 1.55

Review posted more than a year ago

for once, a sane guy with a sane view. now thats what i call a great analysis. u really have a point harry. me you fan!!!

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

than twilight series

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted more than a year ago

total waste of time n money. Watch at your own risk..!!

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Nope. 2 tributes from each of 12 districts = 24 tributes dumbo

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than a year ago

amazing movie ...almost as good as the books...

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

Go if u like narnia,harry potters etc...characters acting was awesum.. And the cinematography is brilliant.. Nice movie to re-energise you.. Have fun,in the midst of romantic comedies and thrillers,this sci-fi is charming.. I hadnt read a novel,but really enjoyed hunger games

  • Rating 15

Review posted more than a year ago

Dont waste your time for the movie even if someone take you free... and if u want to watch dis kinda movie den watch Paranormal Activity far better than this movie... pathetic

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than a year ago

i think movie is ok only 1 time watch if ticket is purchased by some one else

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than a year ago

I am a huge hunger games fan and had been dying for the movie to release! I totally loved the movie and reccomend teens to not miss this on

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than a year ago

dont watch english movie dude ur nt mature enf 2 understand

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than a year ago

Paranomal Activity is Supernatural Horror and The Hunger games is Sci-fi Action drama. I don't understand how u compare movies between different genres ?? If you don't like sci-fi action genre, then do not watch it.. simple

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than a year ago

Good one.. Ofcourse Vikas.. There is no connection b/w Hunger games nd Paranormal activity


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