michael gallucci

MOVIE REVIEW — THE HUNGER GAMES

In movie review on 03/22/2012 at 8:00 am

The Hunger Games

To put it in perspective, The Hunger Games falls somewhere between the last couple of terrific Harry Potter movies and all of the terrible Twilights, two other recent teen-lit hits that exploded all over the big screen. The first story in Suzanne Collins’ saga doubles as the series’ setup: In a post-apocalyptic America, the government mandates that two kids from each of the 12 districts fight to the death in a televised showdown. Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, a resourceful coal-miner’s daughter who takes her younger sister’s place in the brutal battle. But first there’s training, backstories, and personal issues to get out of the way. By the time the movie brings on the games, you’re ready for blood. It’s easy to get caught up in Collins’ narratively deep world, and director Gary Ross keeps the tone surreal, somber, and suspenseful. The Hunger Games drags a bit in the second half, as Katniss struggles for survival in the Appalachian woods, but there’s more life here than in any of those bloodless vampire movies. 

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