The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.


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31 May 2012 | kosmasp
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| Battle Royale for the young ones
I am referring to the audience watching. Because the original Battle Royale (japanese movie) with a similar theme, was more of an adult version of this movie right here. Having said that, the idea is so good it translates to the screen, even if it is watered down a bit. Plus I was just enjoying the girls moaning and exhaling in general while watching this and finding romance even in the weirdest of situations. Throw in Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and the always reliable Stanley Tucci for some acting/weirdness weight and you got yourself a movie.

Apparently though the movie has not covered everything the novel had to offer (which should be no surprise). What should be a surprise to anyone who was living outside the US, is the fact, that this was one of the most anticipated movies in recent history (though I'm more than happy that The Avengers beat them at the total box office of course). Better drama, story and acting than Twilight, hopefully it stays that way and won't dwindle down the road ...

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Trivia

The design for the Cornucopia was inspired by the work of architect Frank Gehry.


Quotes

Seneca Crane: I think it's our tradition. It comes out of a particularly painful part of our history...
Caesar Flickerman: Yes, yes.
Seneca Crane: ...but it's been the way we're able to heal.


Goofs

During the Reaping, when Katniss yells, "I VOLUNTEER!" her hair is messed up and ruffled, however, when she states "I volunteer as tribute," her hair is combed again.


Crazy Credits

The film opens with a worded passage about the history of the Hunger Games. In the last section, all of the text fades away except for the film's title.


Alternate Versions

A rough cut of the film was submitted to the BBFC in the UK for an advisory screening, a process used by filmmakers to see how likely a film will obtain a certain rating. The BBFC explained a 12A rating would be likely if the violence was toned down. Four scenes were changes, removing bloody violence, threat and a scene of injury. These included the use of alternate footage and the digital removal of blood. When the finished film was submitted to the BBFC for a formal classification, the BBFC stated that more cuts would be needed in order to secure the 12A. Blood splashes were digitally removed from both impacts to bodies and blood on blades of weapons, achieved through the darkening of certain shots and by digitally erasing blood from the image. The BBFC then gave the film a 12A rating for cinema release. This pre-cut version was released on DVD in the UK with a 12 rating. However, the US PG-13 version was submitted to the BBFC for the UK Blu-ray release, which was classified '15' uncut.


Soundtracks

Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)
Lyrics by
Suzanne Collins
Music by T Bone Burnett and Simone Burnett
Performed by Jennifer Lawrence and Willow Shields

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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$152,535,747 25 March 2012

Gross USA:

$408,010,692

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$694,394,724

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