The Hunger Games


Hello everyone! I'm sure you all have ever heard about the Hunger Games. Yes, I'm going to tell you about it!

Directed by
Produced by
            Nina Jacobson
            Jon Kilik
Screenplay by
            Suzanne Collins
            Gary Ross
            Billy Ray
Based on
by Suzanne Collins
            Jennifer Lawrence
            Josh Hutcherson
            Liam Hemsworth
            Woody Harrelson
            Elizabeth Banks
            Lenny Kravitz
            Stanley Tucci
            Donald Sutherland
Edited by
            Stephen Mirrione
            Juliette Welfling
Running time
142 minutes
$78 million
Box office
$694.4 million

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The Hunger Games is a 2012 American film based on a novel of a same name written by Suzanne Collins. When the film was released, it set records for opening day ($67.3 million) and opening weekend for a non-sequel. At the time of its release, the film's opening weekend gross ($152.5 million) was the third-largest of any movie in North America. It is the first film since Avatar to remain in first place at the North American box office for four consecutive weekends. The film was a massive box-office success by grossing over $694 million worldwide against its budget of $78 million, making it the third-highest-grossing film in the United States and ninth-highest-grossing worldwide of 2012.

The story takes place in a dystopian nation of Panem. Selected boys and girls in the age of 12 to 18 must take part in the Hunger Games, an annual event where the participants are required to fight against each other and nature until one survivor is left. The main District focused in this film is District 12. Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister's place. With Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol. There, she was trained for the Hunger Games under the guidance of former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson).

The nation of Panem includes 12 Districts in it which is called by its number. Its activity is under a “central government” called the Capitol.

The Capitol forced the nation of Panem to send two tributes, a boy and a girl aging 12-18, from each district to fight in the annual event, the Hunger Games. In District 12, the chosen girl was Primrose, Katniss’ younger sister, and for the boy was Peeta Mellark. Loving her sister, Katniss volunteered to take her position.

Katniss volunteered to take Primrose's place

Then Katniss and Peeta were escorted to the Capitol by chaperone Effie Trinket and mentor Haymitch Abernathy, a former winner from District 12. Haymitch taught them how to survive in this game, impressing on how important it was to gain sponsors so that food and supplies could be provided well in the upcoming game.

Katniss performed very well in the training, while Peeta did the opposite. She impressed everyone by her ability in archery, but Peeta could only do body painting.

In this training, some televised interviews were done. Peeta and Katniss took this attempt to earn sponsors. He expressed his love for her publicly – and somehow it helped them.

And the day of the Game had come. Firstly Katniss grabbed supplies from the Cornucopia, the stuffs place, where the contestants started. But then Katniss decided to move away from the others by hiding up in a tree. The Head Gamemaker, Seneca Crane, noticed this and sent a fire to the forest so Katniss had to move. She searched for Peeta and at lastn joined the Careers, Peeta’s alliance. She hid up in a tree again. Surprisingly they tried to kill her, until then Peeta adviced them to wait till she came down.

The next morning, when the Careers and Peeta were sleeping, Katniss noticed Rue, a young girl from District 11, hiding up in a tree too. Rue gave the idea to Katniss to cut the branch so that a nest of poisonous tracker jackers, wasps that can cause hallucinations and death, would fall onto the Careers. Some of them died, but Katniss was also stung. Rue helped Katniss until her consciousness recovered and they became friends.

Katniss told her that she wanted to destroy the Career’s food supplies, which were placed together with some mines. Katniss worked together with Rue and succeeded. When the security boy was distracted, Katniss arched the food supplies and they fell down, causing the mines to blow up and destroyed their supplies.

Katniss went from there and found out that Rue was caught in a trap. She freed her but then she was killed by Marvel, another contestants, by spear. Katniss killed him in the heart. Rue didn’t make it to stay alive. Katniss made her a little gravery and put some flowers around it. The Capitol realised that the Game wasn’t running well.

Rue's death

In the middle of the Game, the rules changed. There could be two winners if they were from the same district. Katniss searched for Peeta, finding him hiding at the roots of a tree by drawing his body. He was wounded because of the Careers. They found out that he was going back to her. Katniss and Peeta searched for a safe place so that Peeta could rest.

When they had found one, there was an announcement that what they need will be provided in the Cornucopia. Katniss left to take medicine for Peeta. There, she was attacked but then District’s 11 male tribute saved her life because of Rue.

She brought the medicine to Peeta. He was healed.

For the final of the Game, when four survivors were left, Crane sent beasts to the arena and killed one of them. Three were left – Katniss, Peeta, and Cato, the leader of the Careers. They fought and at least Katniss aims an arrow at Cato which killed him.

They thought they have won but then suddenly Crane changed the rules. There would be only one victor. They decided to eat a poisonous berry. Just before that, they were mentioned to be the winner of the 74th Hunger Games.

Haymitch told Katniss that she had made many enemies by her actions in the arena.

I really recommend you all to watch this film! All details of the film makes a great sense to the audience. Imaginary settings were displayed like a real ones – perfect editing. A great idea of governance from Suzanne Collins and all the acting make the film has the world itself. I really got the feeling of how nervous and terrifying it was to be in the Hunger Games arena without imagining it – the actors make the feeling itself. This film is a great summary for its novel.

Okay, that’s all for this post. Do you have any different opinion about this film?

Thank you for reading! :))x

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