The Hunger Games

Long Awaited Book Adaption Lives Up To It’s Name

Being one of the people who had not read the book, ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins, I was querying as I walked into the cinema whether or not the film would bring to life the adventure which so many had talked about after reading the novel, or if I would understand the story given the fact that the film may have left vital parts out.

This was not the case however as the plot for the story was gripping and easy to understand and the actors really get you into the story and have you rooting for them.

The plot is based around a competition called ‘The Hunger Games’ which happens every year where youths between the ages of 12-18 are picked at random to fight each other to the death for the amusement of a television audience. When the younger sister of central character Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence – X-men: First Class/Winters Bone) is picked, Lawrence volunteers to take her place as to save her life. Josh Hutcherson (Journey To The Centre Of The Earth/Zathura) is also picked, and gradually throughout the film these two are put up against bloodthirsty teens and wild animals.

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games

Although the violence and blood has been cut down as to approve for a younger audience, the idea behind what is happening in ‘The Hunger Games’ makes this quite a hard hitting film, it’s not everyday you see a film about kids killing kids…especially when no remorse is shown. It makes you think how far some will go to prove themselves.

The film was directed by Gary Ross who directed such other films as Pleasantville and Big with Tom Hanks. Ross really brings the ideas in the book alive as ridiculously outrageous costumes are worn by the cast in the upper-class parts of the story. Along with Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins (the book’s author) helped write the screenplay for the film which is always good to see when a novel is adapted into a film.

This is the first adaption from a trilogy of books and if like me you have not read the others then you will also be wanted to find out how the story continues…and ends.

The Hunger Games is in cinemas now.