Let the games begin, commands Suzanne Collins' teenage thriller, The Hunger Games, a post-apocalyptic adventure that is part
"Survivor," part "American Gladiator." After the United States falls to ruin, a new fascist country emerges that demands an
annual tribute from each of its twelve territories - 24 young men and women selected by lottery to compete to the death in a
televised spectacle known as The Hunger Games. Among them, Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers in place of her sister, and uses
her courage and survival instincts to change the game. With a script co-written by Collins herself, The Hunger Games is a
faithful adaptation of the book and features a mesmerizing performance by rising star, Jennifer Lawrence. Even though the
film plays it safe, is entirely too predictable, and regurgitates common themes like humanity vs. entertainment, it has all
the imagination and youthful exuberance to become the next franchise to catch fire.