I’ve watched the last full show of this movie on its opening night last month, and all I can say is that, it’s like a Big Brother house with a twist. Not just simple twists but complicated ones. Suzanne Collins created this world from her young adult novel which was published last September 28, 2008.
The story focused on two major characters: Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson), when they represented District 12 in the annual “Hunger Game” event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive. Although on Katniss’ slot, she was just a replacement to save her little sister from the upcoming danger.
I find it interesting because in every scene it lets the audience think how it is related to the title or to the concept of the movie, which in turn entice the mind to look forward on the next big thing that will happen. At first, I thought it’s something like a game show (a typical show in television), but hey wait, as I am seeing the scenery of the characters’ homeland and the situation they are facing, I anticipated that the title “The Hunger Games” is more like of a metaphor on the premise. Later on, I realized I was wrong because it is something bigger than that. Thus, it’s about how they pay respect to Panem’s (their country) tradition.
Collins was able to create an enchanted post-apocalyptic world; a totally unique, in a rare sense that in the future, aside from the notion of high end technologies, she was able to conceptualize as well how the people could possibly change their intuition on tradition and how they could preserve that belief sacredly.
Violence (having a rating of PG-13 in the Philippine movie houses) is what makes the audience feel the word ‘hunger’ in the context. However, one may also see it as sacred. These two words are completely opposite, but the story was able to justify its meaning and relation to one another. You’ll see what I mean when you’re in the middle of watching it.
Before the official start of the Hunger Game, participants are presented to the public and they are treated as warriors of their respective districts. They also went a rigorous training prior to entering the arena and during these times, they need to impress the audience moreover the members of the elite society so that they can receive assistance through sponsorships once the game started.
There is too much brutal scene at the start of the game but once you have surpassed that, you can get used to striking bloods and doomed situations. The reason why I said it’s like a Big Brother House it’s because after the participants entered the arena, the game organizers from time to time, were the ones updating them on the status of the game (i.e. who has been killed, any precautions, etc.) including the next instructions on how one can win the game.
Although the twists that I pertained to were sometimes predictable because of the game organizers, still it’s the participant who made every situation complicated with their responses to it.
For me, I don’t feel good at the ending of the movie because although Katniss and Peeta were declared as winners, it’s still so pathetic knowing that in their reality, winning the game is more like just prolonging the agony, making their lives more miserable. If I were on their shoes, I’d rather choose to be killed in a battle than faking everything in front of the public. Who knows, their fate might change on the other two books of Collins (Catching Fire and Mockingjay). Of course, I’m not going to read that because I’ll wait for it in the big screen. I am looking forward to the succeeding two parts of this Hunger Game trilogy. (AAP)
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