Well-paced, well-directed and extremely well acted entertainment.
In theaters: Friday, 23 March 2012
Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Brunosaid on Saturday, April 28, 2012 1:37:39 PMI started ginvig the film a bit more attention the more news that trickled and then when this trailer arrived I thought screw it, I was able to get all three books for less than $10. I just finished the books now and I rather liked them. I don't think they're the best books out there nor do I think it's as good as Battle Royale but they were an entertaining read. There was always something for me to like through all three. But looking at the film trailer now ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I can't say it looks quite as interesting now. I'm not quite sure what it is but I can't help but think that something has been lost from the translation from book to film.
Morgansaid on Friday, April 06, 2012 6:38:45 PMI was so excited by just the trailer that I went out and bought the books. After reading them I was even more eager to see the film adaptation, to be honest at first I was reserved to see how the director would pull off such a fantastic book. And to my great surprise I was not dissapointed. I love the accuracy of the film and the development of the plot. The actors portrayed the characters wonderfully and the graphics used were superb. Hats off to Ross for a fantastic film really anticipating the next installments.
Dan Skip Allensaid on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 12:49:47 AMThis is my review of The Hunger Games From the Fourth Row!
Lynn Stephen said on Monday, April 02, 2012 12:54:03 PMMe and my husband thought it was going to be great and we were very disappointed it was so slow we nearly fell asleep not at all what was advertised they made it seem like there was action from the get go and nada waste if money
Dan Peterssaid on Sunday, April 01, 2012 11:53:16 PMHungerFAIL
Wow. This was annoyingly poor - I say annoyingly because I really Wanted to like it. I don't mind that the premise is unoriginal - we've seen elements of this before with 'Logan's Run', 'The Running Man', 'The Most Dangerous Game', and more recently (and blatantly) 'Battle Royale'...so, this Should work effortlessly (like zombie movies: done to death but that doesn't mean good ones still can't be made)...But what Horrible execution here - I don't know where the $100million was spent, I didn't see it on the screen - this looks like it should have cost half that. By the time the characters are finally dumped into the games 'arena' we have no sense of any boundaries or scale of this place, nor of any of the 'rules' or logistical constraints (other than random fire-walls and cloned(?) attack dogs inserted at will by the controllers)...I'm sure the book is less unclear - but a movie should stand on its own legs a bit more than this......................?and, I might have even given these discrepancies a pass if the movie was at least interesting to look at - but I was baffled at how ineptly it was Shot. Literally 90% of the shots are closeups - I wanted to scream at the director/?cinematographer to ZOOM OUT! ....Holy Fuck, I can't remember when I've felt this claustrophobic at a movie - my kingdom for a fucking wideshot! ......And all of this tightness just made the 'sets' even more underwhelming - even the woods were uninteresting and poorly scouted - not visually exciting one bit (and this is the bulk of the story we're talking about here)........No sense of Time either (how long were they there anyway?), no sense of Fear or Desperation in the characters - nor did I even sense any HUNGER, which supposedly was a big element there I'm told............................and the actors/characters?: Elizabeth Banks looks like she's in the wrong movie (she belongs in Potter next to Rita Skeeter and Delores Umbridge); Harrelson delivers his usual comic relief persona; Wes Bentley is vacant and unconvincing; Sutherland is good but underused; Tucci drifts into caricature too easily; Josh Hutchinson has zero charisma..... What's good? Jennifer Lawrence earns her money and does what she can despite some cringe-worthy scenes she's forced to perform through - it's never a good sign when I'm rolling my eyes or snickering at 'dramatic' moments whilst people beside me are wiping away tears (really? we've known this character all of 12 minutes and you're crying at her death?).....some interesting colorful art direction in the early city scenes as well (during the rare moments when the camera pulled back and let us actually See where the characters were), otherwise, not much positive going on with this....Big dissapointment, I was kind of excited going in.
Billysaid on Sunday, April 01, 2012 12:54:17 AMJust checked this title out. Was not as impressed as Mr. Roeper, but would not totally disagree with his review. A bit of a snoozer, but at the same time was well executed. I did not read the books, but have a feeling they would be a cut above what the movie offered. One last comment, I wouldn't have a problem proclaiming, The Hunger Games, as over-hyped.
Yolanda Leonardstonsaid on Thursday, March 29, 2012 5:56:10 PMI am so glad that it's getting good reviews! It deserves all of them; the books and movie were so marvelous!
David Jordaosaid on Sunday, March 25, 2012 8:39:21 AMJust watched this movie yesterday. Never read any of the books, but I enjoyed it. Defiantly agree with this review.
Tom Carleysaid on Saturday, March 24, 2012 11:25:36 PMI wish people would quit saying these books are for teenagers. I read The Hunger Games 4 years ago, and I am a 35 year old man. The themes in the books are dark and tragic, a lot like Shakespeare. You have games set up by an adult government as a way to punish the adults by making them watch their own children kill each other. It doesn't get much darker than that..so quit making it so simplistic and driving the adult audience away from watching something they need to see.
Kevin Klawittersaid on Friday, March 23, 2012 12:25:44 PMI haven't read the books, but I found the movie to be damn good, but not quite as good as it could have been.