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What grade would you give this film?
A 46%  46%  [ 18 ]
B 23%  23%  [ 9 ]
C 10%  10%  [ 4 ]
D 13%  13%  [ 5 ]
F 8%  8%  [ 3 ]
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 The Hunger Games 
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I kinda loved it.

But I just didn't get the end... was she just prettending to like him? cuz what she said to him at the train back home was to forget it.


We were just talking about that :P. Yes, she was. Though I'm hoping she actually does have some feelings for him.


apparently the book it made it quite clear that she was playing along for the 'game'.

However in the cave, it looked like peeta and katniss had a 'moment' when he was applying the salve on her head wound.

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I haven't read the books so I'm curious what will happen in the future books/movies with the love story aspect. Personally it worked for me and I would like to see Peeta and Katniss together.


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I really liked it. It's a good movie and could have been a great one if the shaky cam wouldn't have annoyed the hell out of me so many times. Lawrence was just fantastic and the perfect choice for Katniss. B+


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i didnt really like the movie that much but the shaky-cam was actually something I thought was fine. Not so much in the first half of the film, but during the actual games. It added to the whole reality-TV element of the film I thought.

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i didnt really like the movie that much but the shaky-cam was actually something I thought was fine. Not so much in the first half of the film, but during the actual games. It added to the whole reality-TV element of the film I thought.


Yeah I didn't mind it in the actual games, They had to make the fights look violent, since they didn't show much of the actual combat.

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Seeing this in IMAX, the shaky cam makes for a very nauseating experience. I randomly started feeling queezy a little over halfway through the film :dizzy:

But yeah, there are a lot of good parts and it is very entertaining, but as a stand alone film, there is a lot that doesn't work. There was so much that didn't really make sense/seemed like something was missing, but adding more time/detail to the film would have made it feel too long. So as someone who never reads the books, but is an avid film goer, I am definitely a bit disappointed.

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I do expect to like this one much more when I see it at home where the shaky cam isn't that annoying. And I really hope they release a extended version on Blu-Ray. About 20 minutes more and I'll be happy.


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I liked it; looking forward to the sequels.


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I really didn't like the relationship angle. Seemed way forced. And it seems like she doesn't care about him, even at the end.

Exactly. She was trying to win favor with the audience so she could potentially win.

It's interesting the film completely jettisoned this in favor of it just being a full-on love story.

I thought it was pretty clear that she was acting for the ratings.

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Have you read the novel?

IMO, the movie suggests it (the affection, on her part) may begin as a ploy for ratings, but is "real" by the end. There is nothing in those final moments to suggest Katniss isn't in love with Peeta.

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No. Have't read the books.
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but i have a feeling Peeta is gonna become the villain when he realizes that Katniss doesn't really love him. am i right?

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I really liked it. I thought the pre Hunger Games scenes in particular were excellent. Great job with the characters and actors in general IMO. Hutcherson as Peeta was perfect casting. And Lawrence of course delivers. The sequels are set up well because the characters are likeable enough to draw in viewers without the Hunger Games

I enjoyed the book and read straight through it, but as mentioned because it reads like Katniss herself wrote it, it has no sense of descriptions and setting. So I actually feel the movie does the story better because the dystopia world comes to life far more, especially pre Hunger Games. They do have a harder time explaining exactly what's going with the Peeta relationship though (In the books they portray that Katniss assumes all of Peeta's blubbering and kissing is an extravagant play for the sponsors and only after the Games starts to realize he meant it - while here I could see non readers assuming both think it's real in the cave)

The only scene I wish was a little better was the bloodbath at the start. Understandably Katniss isn't there for a lot of it but I was looking forward to a good 3-5 minutes of brawl to the deaths

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The only scene I wish was a little better was the bloodbath at the start. Understandably Katniss isn't there for a lot of it but I was looking forward to a good 3-5 minutes of brawl to the deaths


But wouldn't that be too exploitative and present the games as the gore-hound feast the movie criticizes them as? I thought the muted presentation was an excellent way to portray this scene.


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Entertaining but extremely safe. It's hard to believe The Running Man made 25 years earlier has a much more accurate look at the media then in this film. My main gripes is the way games are shown around the world, and it's just not interesting, and the scope is severely lacking. Outside of the establishing scenes and a few commentaries by Tucci it just doesn't do anything. There's just not a lot to this film when you look at it.

The characters are fun though and the action is serviceable. Maybe my gripes are with the source material. The Running Man with Kids just sounds a hell of a lot more awesome in my head then on the screen.

B+ I enjoyed it while I was in there.

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I liked the look, I liked the themes, I even liked the first half. Then it turns into the most boring blockbuster I've seen in at least a decade. The complete lack of any tension kills the movie.

More head-on brutalness between the kids would've helped the film quite a bit. The point of the story feels kind of neutered, and what might have worked in the book and in a reader's imagination, doesn't work when it's realized here.

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The only scene I wish was a little better was the bloodbath at the start. Understandably Katniss isn't there for a lot of it but I was looking forward to a good 3-5 minutes of brawl to the deaths


But wouldn't that be too exploitative and present the games as the gore-hound feast the movie criticizes them as?


Considering its a movie, yes, it should've been more exploitative. Instead it feels manipulated, which is ironic with the the themes of the movie in mind.

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The only scene I wish was a little better was the bloodbath at the start. Understandably Katniss isn't there for a lot of it but I was looking forward to a good 3-5 minutes of brawl to the deaths


But wouldn't that be too exploitative and present the games as the gore-hound feast the movie criticizes them as? I thought the muted presentation was an excellent way to portray this scene.


I kind of feel that would fit thematically, as if turning the movie audience into the real Hunger Games audience (by their enjoyment of the killing) proves the point about our obsession with sadistic violence. (Which is exactly what the Hostel movies attempted, though more distastefully) Though I kind of got the sense that neither Collins or the directors are as interseted here in making some sociopolitical message as much as using the HG games as a plot that will make an exciting action book/movie and roping in 16 year olds looking for the next franchise and love triangle (Team Peeta/Team Gale?) to talk about. She came off as trying to be Stephanie Meyers more than trying to be William Golding. For example the Careers and Cato in the book are basically stock villians saying silly shallow lines whenever they speak. Someone taking a Golding like perspective instead of creating the HG games for an appealing "good guys fight bad guys" setting probably wouldn't do that. Perhaps the 2nd and 3rd ones attempt a bit more from the perspective of saying things about us.

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Solid cast and concept but cheap looking, under-produced and badly edited. B, or so. It need a lot better exposition earlier on and more effective suspense later.

Also I didn't get any sense that Katniss was faking for the cameras in the private scenes with Peeta during the actual game, like when they kissed and she fed him soup and all that. It may have been in the books but wasn't on the screen.


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Also I didn't get any sense that Katniss was faking for the cameras in the private scenes with Peeta during the actual game, like when they kissed and she fed him soup and all that. It may have been in the books but wasn't on the screen.

She'll need to convey that in a medium that we the audience can access but that they the audience in the story can't access. In the book, there's the monologue of her inner thoughts, but in the movie, what we see is what they see, so if she acts differently for us, it would not be a convincing fake for the Capitol audience. I think they did the best they could under those constraints with the private message from Haymitch that came with the soup. He's reminding her to keep up the act, and that's our cue that it's still an act.


Anyway, I think the pacing is a bit off (pre-Game dragged a bit and the Game felt rushed) and I didn't like the camera work in District 12. But it is otherwise a good adaptation. Great performance by Jennifer Lawrence. The things that were removed or changed made sense and were necessary given the constraints. So... A-.

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Watched it again and it was great.

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On a side note I read the trilogy now and wonder how bad will the first part of Mockingjay be?.

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As someone who has no stake whatsoever in this so-called franchise, I found it a load of poorly made, cheap-looking nonsense.

I thought I'd written a review for this bland bit of product, but I agree with trixster - - there's no there, there.


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Watched it again last night. Still loved it.

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Rewatched it on Blu-Ray the other night and I loved every single minute. Like expected, the shaky cam didn't bothered me at all at home. But I'm still surprised it grew that much on me at home. Upping my grade from B+ to a straight A.


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This is a Battle Royale rip-off, plain and simple. The only thing THG has going for it, is the acting, which is really strong.


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