Heading to screens in 2012 is the highly anticipated film adaptation of the Suzanne Colins’ novel The Hunger Games. The film is the first in a planned trilogy of films. I admit I’m not familiar with the novels. But what I see in this trailer looks interesting, and has potential for drama and action. The film’s premise is already garnering comparisons to the Japanese classic film Battle Royale. Both films feature a futuristic contest to the death by youths for the amusement of the public. I’ve read that the similarities between the movies end there. That both pieces are dramatically different. Save for the public fight to the death.
Personally, I find it fascinating how many artists choose to portray the future as amoral and blood thirsty. Which is VERY possible. But I feel like social media has actually made humanity more sensitive to public injustice. Things that used to be hidden and covered up are now brought to the forefront and spark outcry like never before. If anything, I can see the moral compass swinging POSSIBLY too far the other way, as EVERYTHING in society becomes more and more public. But that’s a discussion for another time.
The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland. The film is directed by Gary Ross and written by Gary Ross, Billy Ray and Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games is scheduled for release on March 23, 2012.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.