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The Hunger Games – movie review
Release date: 23 March
Director: Gary Ross
Starring:Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson
What's the story?
Every year in post-apocalyptic America, 12 boys and 12 girls must fight to the death in a sadistic reality TV tournament. Sixteen-year-old Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is one of them...
What did we think?
Suspenseful, subtly smart and perfectly pitched, The Hunger Games emerges as one of the most surprising sci-fi teen blockbusters in some time. Fleshed from the pages of author Suzanne Collins' bestseller trilogy, roles like bow-wielding heroine Katniss don't come around too often - and neither do actresses like Jennifer Lawrence.
The opening scenes could have been cut from Winter's Bone, the terrific backwoods indie which handed Lawrence her Oscar-nominated debut. From shooting woodland creatures to feed her starving family, expert archer Katniss (Lawrence) and smitten baker-boy Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are taken to an extravagant futuristic city.
A celebrity makeover. Some killer training. Then Katniss is back in the woods - and plunged into a startling bloodbath. Unsettling sound design and shaky camerawork presses us regularly inside Katniss' point of view, as Seabiscuit director Gary Ross holds for a 12A rating by conveying the horror without squeezing the ketchup bottle. There's very little cheese here either: cringy direlogue, whooshing slo-mo and plywood performances are nowhere to be seen.
Along with slashing blades, killer wasps and snapped necks, we also get a subtle, softcore satire of vulgar modern culture - and even Hollywood itself. It's only the love story that doesn't really punch, with Katniss' ambivalent romance with Peeta failing to pull into focus. But if The Hunger Games never quite lets rip, it never loses momentum either.
Sporting devastating wigs, Woody Harrelson (as Katniss' boozy mentor) and Stanley Tucci (as a grotesque TV host) are standouts in a vivid support cast that includes Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland. But, with a rare combination of vulnerability and fight, Lawrence threatens to act them all off the screen. Ssh. Can you hear that? It's Twilight fans. They've gone really quiet.
Game on. Ready? Fight...
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