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The Hunger Games (2012)

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Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Caesar Flickerman
... Seneca Crane
... Katniss Everdeen
... Primrose Everdeen
... Gale Hawthorne
... Effie Trinket
... Hob Vendor (as Sandra Lafferty)
... Katniss' Mother
... Registration Woman
Sandino Moya-Smith ... Propaganda Film Tribute
... Peeta Mellark
... Peeta's Mother
... Peacekeeper #1
... Peacekeeper #2
... Peacekeeper #3
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Storyline

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, rutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. Written by Suzanne Collins

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The Games Will Change Everyone See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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23 March 2012 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$152,535,747, 25 March 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$408,010,692

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$694,394,724
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Banks spent 45 minutes every day having manicures done on her fingers. See more »

Goofs

After Katniss blows up the stockpile of goods, in all future shots of the same clearing there is no indication that an explosion took place or that the mines have been dug up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Seneca Crane: I think it's our tradition. It comes out of a particularly painful part of our history...
Caesar Flickerman: Yes, yes.
Seneca Crane: ...but it's been the way we're able to heal.
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The film opens with a worded passage about the history of the Hunger Games. In the last section, all of the text fades away except for the film's title. See more »

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Kingdom Come
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Performed by The Civil Wars
Produced by T Bone Burnett
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Boring. A visibly dumbed Battle Royale down for kids.
10 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

So, after all the hype, I just watched The Hunger Games and really wasn't impressed.

It's basically Battle Royale dumbed down for kids. You could clearly see the intent to hide anything that would take it over the 12A/15 certification. Hell even Speed had more verbal and physical violence and that was a 15.

I found it boring. The majority of scenes were silence or dubbed over with gently epic music.

And, throughout, I couldn't help but feel that the whole moral premise was on par with The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE); In order to be successful, you must pander to socially acceptable rules, the way you look and are perceived are the only factors important in your social acceptance not what you can do. Which, personally, I find disgusting.


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