Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
Just before watching this adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel I took the time to properly read the source material and have an informed view on Gary Ross’ adaptation of the whole thing. Let’s call a whore a whore and get to the truth that the novel written by Collins is a very good teenage literature that is well conceived and full of parallels with Reality television, the Olympics, propaganda, and all the things that make television one of the most evil inventions of men. However, The Hunger Games isn’t a denunciation of television or the violence that it often depicts. It is about the involvement of teenagers and sometimes child in the ways of bloodthirsty governments in their way to keep the power and its oppression on his people. As subtle as it can be. Or in the case of the Hunger Games as bold as it can be.
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) takes the place of her little sister when the poor girl is picked to participate to the murderous games. Coached by the only winner of her district, Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and supported by the governor Effie Trinket (Elisabeth Banks) she will be brought along with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) as the tribute to pay to The Capitol in competing in the Hunger Games. Sadly, as efficient and detailed as the novel was, the movie adaptation skips and jumps in many elements of the story of the original material. Moreover, it is Gary Ross’ inapt directing and uninspired mise en scène that didn’t hold up enough the story and its heart. The deaths of the concurrent are difficult to follow and if I haven’t read the book I’m not sure I would have really understand much of what was happening during many scenes of the film.
It is a very difficult film to follow because its action isn’t well balanced and the too many cuts of the story make it an almost total mess. The Hunger Games is just an okay adaptation for its readers and it doesn’t is much more. The quality of the film lacks in desire and except the presence of many respected actors it wouldn’t be that worth for the average moviegoer.