The Hunger Games
Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz
Directed by: Gary Ross
Running Time: 142 minutes (approx.)
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 3 September 2012
I recently received The Hunger Games on 2 DVD’s for review. The first disc is the film while the second disc is packed with special features and bonus material. This film is based on the hugely successful trilogy of books The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Disc One – The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is set in the future in a city called Panem. For their penance in the rebellious uprising each of the 12 districts must offer a male and female, called Tributes, aged between 12 and 18 at a public “reaping”. They are then transferred to the Capitol where they are paraded, trained and transferred to a public arena to fight to the death until only one remains! This pageant is known as The Hunger Games. This is an annual event broadcast live to the country for the entertainment of the wealthy.
In District 12 live Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), 16, and her younger sister Primrose. When the “reaping” comes to their district Primrose is chosen as the female Tribute so Katniss volunteers to go in her place.
Katniss is an excellent shot with a bow and arrow and hopes this will be able to help her survive. The public arena is an enclosed forest and they she has to use her wits and skills just to survive the elements as well as watching out for the other 23 Tributes trying to kill her.
Disc Two – Extras
This bonus disc is packed with special features:
Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenon featurette
The World is Watching: Making The Hunger Games – an eight part documentary
Letters From The Rose Garden featurette
Controlling The Games
A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell
Preparing For The Games (Blu-Ray Only)
Overall, I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable film. With an excellent storyline and strong cast, Lawrence is an excellent actress, the time flew by. The Hunger Games is a story that mixes war, violence, poverty and reality television. I would highly recommend not only watching this film but owning a copy as it is something I think will be watched again and again. An excellent quality action drama. I enjoyed it so much that I have now purchased the trilogy of books and am looking forward to reading them.
Available on DVD and Blu-Ray from 3 September 2012 – buy from Amazon here.