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What to know: Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.
Recommended age 10-18
142 minutes
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This movie is based on a book and after seeing the movie I am going to read the book because the movie was so cool. This movie had so much action and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole movie. It was really interesting to see how they live their lives and to see what happens. This movie is all about a girl named Katniss who steps in for her sister Prim as tribute to the annual Hunger Games. Kids from 12 districts compete in the Hunger Games every year; one boy and one girl from each district. They fight to the death and only one person wins. Some of the main characters in the movie are Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne, Effie Trinket, and Haymitch Abernathy. My favorite characters are Katniss and Peeta. They are my favorite because they are the two fighting from District 12 and they both are trying to win for their district. I like them both a lot because they are really strong and they never give up. I also like them a lot because even though they are in the games fighting they still care about others. My favorite part in the movie is when Katniss and Rue work together to blow up all the food of some of the other competitors. They are working together to bring Katniss down and so she and Rue decide to get back at them. Rue goes around lighting some fires to draw the other people away from the food pile and Katniss sneaks down to try to blow it up. She shoots an arrow at a bag of apples but misses the first time. Then she shoots one more time, hit the bag of apples, and they fall down and hit the dynamite piles. The whole pile of food and supplies explodes. It was really cool! I would recommend this movie for ages 10 and up because there is a lot of violence and killing in the movie. There were a few parts in the story that really scared me and so I don't think any kids younger than 10 should see this. This story was really awesome and I really hope they make another one. Go out and see this movie in theaters now! Anthony Aranda, Age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. OMG, the Hunger Games is a MUST SEE! Adapted from the first of three novels, written by Suzanne Collins and directed by Gary Ross, this film brought such an adrenaline rush of excitement that I couldn't sit still watching it. Set in a not too distant future, where North America has been replaced by Panem, where there is a Capitol and 12 Districts. The movie is about the struggles of a nation divided, where the districts must fight for survival and where the Capitol controls all of the districts. Each of the 12 districts must have one boy and one girl enter the "Hunger Games", where they represent their District in a battle for their life, while their citizens watch the action live as it happens. Twenty-four entrants, but only 1 will survive. Its reality TV at its absolute worst. The main characters that we learn most about are Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), who are from District 12, the poorest of the 12 districts. They are also my favorite characters. I like Peeta, because he is the underdog of all underdogs, and he wanted to stay true to himself and not let the games change him in any way. I love Kat, because she is a great role model for young girls like me. She is smart and courageous and she is always looking out for those who need her. She shows that just because you may not be the richest, or best looking, or most liked person, if you have the will and fight to survive, you can overcome any obstacle. I love this movie so much, it's hard to pinpoint any one scene I like the most. The scenes leading up to game really set the tone of the movie. Then you have the training scenes, which too are very well done. I would say the scenes during the actual Hunger Games are my favorite, as that is where the most action occurs. The way the Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley, Gone) controls the Games using hi-tech computer technology, was fantastic. This movie had me on the edge of my seat and had my emotions all over the place. The cinematography in the Capitol and the arena was amazing. One of the best special effects was how they made it look like Kat and Peeta were on fire as they entered the arena, and then later in the interview, they again made it appear that Kat's dress was on fire when she spun around for the crowd. While the movie contained some graphic violence, it was necessary to stay true to the storyline. It was no worse than a lot of video games that kids play today, it's just difficult to watch kids killing other kids. For me, I not only want to see the film again, but I started reading the books as well, so I can compare them when the next film is released. I think this movie is appropriate for ages 11 and up, though for some younger kids, the few short instances of violence are intense and graphic, but they are short lived. I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars, but only because I can't give it more than that. Even my dad stayed awake throughout the whole movie and that never happens! This has been a review from Julianna Noone, reporting for KIDS FIRST! "May the odds be ever in your favor!" Julianna Noone, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.
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