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Hunger Games, The (2012)
Friday, March 23, 2012
For intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks
Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games.
Hunger Games, The (2012) | Review
Lessons from Japan
Battle Royale has received both acclaim and disdain over the years. The film based on the 1999 novel by the same name, written by Koushun Takami, was directed by the late legend Kinji Fukasaku. The film, a top 10 all-time blockbuster hit in Japan, is a thought provoking yet horrific story. There are times the film is gory, and a unique characteristic of the film is the occasional comedic moment. The action is virtually non stop, and while I personally enjoyed Battle Royale over the more contemporary Hunger Games, that takes nothing away from The Hunger Games as it is a quality movie; but I can see why Quentin Tarantino stated that Battle Royale is his favorite movie of late, stating: "If there's any movie that's been made since I've been making movies that I wish I had made, it's that one." This grindhouse type of film is filled with meaning and graphic, horrific images.
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Meanwhile, The Hunger Games has had the 3rd largest opening grosses for a feature film, and the largest non-sequel opening grosses of all time. Based on the 2008 book by the same name by Suzanne Collins, the movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where there are 12 districts. There is a random lottery draw which has a young child or teen male and female from each district compete in a nationally televised game where the contestants fight until the death. The Hunger Games is well filmed, well acted, and deserving of the studio hype and success it has received. The comparisons between Battle Royale and The Hunger Games are well known, and while many critics are critical of The Hunger Games for its apparent similarities to Battle Royale, I don't think the comparisons end there; and most notably, in many ways, the theme of violence among children goes back even further than these two films. The film that comes to mind for me is the classic The Lord of the Flies, first published in 1954 and turned to film in 1963. To negatively critique The Hunger Games for lack of creativity is a little disingenuous as it is likely the themes that come about from these movies are rooted deeper in history than many acknowledge.
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