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The Hunger Games  


Katniss Everdeen: Jennifer Lawrence
Peeta Mellark: Josh Hutcherson
Gale Hawthorne: Liam Hemsworth
Caesar Flickerman: Stanley Tucci
Cinna: Lenny Kravitz
Haymitch Abernathy: Woody Harrelson
Seneca Crane: Wes Bentley
President Snow: Donald Sutherland
Effie Trinket: Elizabeth Banks
Primrose Everdeen: Willow Shields
Review March 2012

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.

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