The Hunger Games
March 22, 2012 1:16 pm at 1:16 pm #90872
Opens tonight at midnight:
And we’ve got some tickets to give away:March 22, 2012 4:25 pm at 4:25 pm #488920
I want to go… the books are AWESOME!March 23, 2012 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm #488921
So yes, the film has some of the conventional elements of a love-triangle. But what’s truly startling about the movie, then, is its implicit politics: Ordinary folks are good, government is bad–really bad. There are no evil corporations in this movie; the bad guys are bureaucrats and TV hosts.
Taken literally, Hunger Games is a black-helicopter-ish portrayal of state power. But taken figuratively, the film is an Anthem (novella) for our time, a well-crafted cry from the heart against top-down injustice and oppression. Nobody has made a rallying-cry of a movie that’s this effective in a long, long time.March 23, 2012 9:55 pm at 9:55 pm #488922
The murderers, then, come off as mere pawns in the Games, and even their chief manipulator, head Gamemaker Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley), can’t be blamed—he’s punished for cutting them too much slack. President Snow, Donald Sutherland’s smugly detached autocrat, ostensibly calls the shots, but his involvement is too opaque to feel especially threatening. The real culprit, you get the sense, is the system, in which a small minority—1 percent, let’s say?—ostentatiously oppresses a vast majority. Sound familiar?March 24, 2012 8:33 pm at 8:33 pm #488923
You can find my review through the CU Rave eXtreme article here… https://www.columbusunderground.com/rave-polaris-18-goes-extreme-for-the-hunger-games or go directly to my review at http://www.movieshateyoutoo.com/2012/03/hunger-games-review.htmlMarch 24, 2012 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #488924
What was missing from the Hunger Games? Corporate sponsorship of course!March 24, 2012 9:52 pm at 9:52 pm #488925
I’m not really planning on seeing this film… but really interested in how it compares to Battle Royale:March 24, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm #488926
What was missing from the Hunger Games? Corporate sponsorship of course!
My SO dragged me to the Grandview Highschool ‘cakewalk’ yesterday (long story)…in the children’s division they had multiple cakes with a ‘hunger games’ theme. Most looking like this:
there has to be some irony…March 25, 2012 9:57 am at 9:57 am #488927
One deus ex machina after another = terrible fucking writing.March 26, 2012 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #488928
I’m not really planning on seeing this film… but really interested in how it compares to Battle Royale:
And I’m interested in seeing how it compares to The Running Man. 8-)March 26, 2012 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm #488929
And aside from “Battle Royale” in 2000, there was “Series 7: The Contenders” from 2001
Trailer on YouTube Embedding disabled.March 26, 2012 8:16 pm at 8:16 pm #488930
This movie was a 2.5 hour steaming pile of boring turd.March 26, 2012 8:21 pm at 8:21 pm #488931
They couldn’t make it a 1.5 hour streaming pile of turd? Bummer.March 26, 2012 8:23 pm at 8:23 pm #488932March 27, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am #488933
Is this anything like Logan’s Run?
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