I watched “The Hunger Games” this weekend with my wife.
The film is basically about a futuristic reality TV show where 24 kids have to survive in a forest and basically kill each other until only one is left alive. There’s some survival elements in the movie, the heroine of the story is a bow hunter and knows how to gather food, set traps, etc. Her mentor explains the importance of shelter and water and early in the movie she ends up with a kit that includes matches, crackers, beef jerky, sleeping bag, NV goggles, snare wire, rope, iodine, water flask and the backpack itself which she uses to stop a knife thrown at her that she manages to secure as well.
But whats in my opinion even more relevant is the idea of a totalitarian government that eventually kills people for control through fear, while using it as entertainment with the masses cheering in approval. Given the mind numbing stupidity and insanity of reality TV shows and how governments keep taking away people’s rights, this kind of fiction movie hits a bit too close to home.
The Hunger games is actually a novel trilogy but it seems more oriented to teens and its not the type of book I´d waste my time reading. Still, it makes an ok movie. The flick is pretty decent, mostly thanks to the solid performance by Jennifer Lawrence, the same girl from “Winter’s Bone”. Thumbs up.
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