Full Movie Reviews
cinegeek.de - wrote on 04/08/2016
Wie in so vielen Science Fiction Filmen, muss die Zukunft als Parabel gelesen werden und zwar für die Gegenwart. Nachdem die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika durch eine Katastrophe zerstört wurden, wuchs eine Zivilisation namens Panem aus den Ruinen hervor. Regiert wird in der gewaltigen Hauptstadt, dem Capitol. Die zwölf Districts stellen nicht mehr als Satellitenstaaten dar - ohne Macht. Der Film beginnt mit der jährlichen Eröffnung der Hunger Games. Jeder District muss ein Mädchen und einen Jungen entsenden. Die 24 Finalisten bekämpfen sich in einer Arena, die überall von beweglichen Kameras umgeben ist, bis zum Tode. Das Spektakel wird als TV Show gesendet, um die Bevölkerung ruhig zu halten. Brot und Spiele. Ein Vergleich zum Fast Food verzehrenden Reality TV süchtigen …
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/22/2015
In a future society, the extreme division between the haves and the have nots causes a revolution that is quickly quelled, resulting in an annual tradition for which teenagers are chosen at random to fight to the death in a reality TV show. The Hunger Games is yet another variation of the "Running Man" story based on a popular teen novel. As usual the central character is a feisty heroine who is inevitably torn between two handsome love interests and most of the film resembles a cross between a photo love story and extreme orienteering. My biggest problem with The Hunger Games was that much of the most interesting aspects of the story happen off screen; violent popular uprising and the machinations of Donald Sutherland's sinister President go largely unseen while we watch a bunch of …
Gabe - wrote on 09/23/2012
They get 2.5 stars for trying, but what a bad film compared to the book. Major liberties were taken, some for time, which I understand to a certain extent. But some I don't know why. The head gamesmaker played a huge role in the film, he's basically non-existent in the book. This was done so people that didn't read the book could figure out what was going on, but I didn't like it. However, my least favorite part of the film was the musical score. It sounded like a really bad knock-off of the Princess Bride. Except, The Princess Bride was supposed to be cheesy. The makers of this film actually thought that this was a good idea.
This film wasn't bad enough that I would tell you not to see it. But, if you don't want parts of the books to be ruined, then this might be better off …
Lee - wrote on 08/11/2012
One of the best book to movie adaptations i have seen in a while!! Nice to hear some of the corwd within the theatre cheer at the end. When i originally heard that they were making the big screen version of this immediatly 'Twilight' came to mind and i cringed thinking although liking the books the movies crapped out. Then the trailers and all the movie clips slowly started to come out making me leery of the cast they had hired. After finally seeing the film it all fell into place and was amazing! The cast was great, Lenny Kravitz in his first big screen role as lead charector Katniss's stylist Cinna. Casting Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen was brilliant as she made us think she was who she was portraying mostly due to her facial expressions etc.
Now i'm thinking of …
smeagol - wrote on 08/07/2012
A bit dissapointing this movie to be honest. its feels like a twlight movie but with a darker concept of young people having to kill eachother in order to win the game.
This film has a similar story to the japanese movie battle royal but that movie is much more real and grapthic and disturbing and leaves this one feeling like a typical waterd down mainstream release.
you dont see much of the killing The start of the killing is ruined by music backing and camera work that is designed for you to not be absorbed into what is actually happening, the lead actress seems to act like nothing matters like she's out for a day at the zoo , ithe romance side of the movie just adds more softness to what already feels very watered down i.e twlight.
its twlight meets battle royale. ok at best.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 06/14/2012
Katniss Everdeen takes the place of her sister during the games while Peeta Mellark was also selected. So many characters and yet some uninteresting which prolongs the film with dull dialogue. Soundtrack was not effective and enticing while the antagonists were not as challenging enough. With better action and character development, it would have been better in most aspects. It was baffling for this kids to fight like assassins and the lack of detail in terms of the time/era was evidently noticeable. On a positive note, the performance of Jennifer Lawrence was sincere and authentic. The Hunger Games is a descent and sometimes cheese sci-fi whose premise is similar to the more violent/character driven Battle Royale. Unfortunately, this is less entertaining as well.
Alex - wrote on 05/01/2012
Not sure where to start. Dialog is awful, virtually the exact same story has been told at least 2 other times in the last 25 years..and this is the worst version of it. This is about as cheesy as it gets. The names are ridiculous - Katniss, Peta, Prim, Eberndean. Not good. Harry Potter and Twilight both had better names and better character development. The only redeeming quality is the ability for the movie to build suspense at times.
The story: An interesting concept...if I had not seen it before. You know the story if you have seen running man or battle royal. This adds nothing to that storyline.
The Musical Score: Sounded like sheet music or something that someone would use when filming a dramatic commercial. I was shocked at how bad this was. Most videogame music is better …
MikeInMotion - wrote on 05/01/2012
The hype surrounding The Hunger Games was immense. The first book was published in 2008, and just 4 years later it is coined to be the next big young adult film franchise. With the Harry Potter series coming to an end and the Twilight series ending soon, the call for the next young adult blockbuster was being made. The Hunger Games book series is fantastic and has millions of fans, so it’s safe to say the film had a lot to live up to. The end result is a film that doesn’t quite reach the heights of the source material, but is still able to shine regardless of its shortcomings.
The film takes places in a nation called Panem, which is located in a post-apocalyptic North America. It consists of 12 poverty-stricken districts that are all controlled by one tyrannical district, the …
MovieAddict - wrote on 04/30/2012
Happy Hunger Games and May the Odds be ever in your Favour!
In my perfect world of movies, I want character development and I want some "soul" in the storyline. What I got was a whole lot of action, hand to hand combat, body count, gore, romance, intrigue and some girlish moments. There's also some MTV like shaky-cam cinematography but I can live with all that.
By now everyone is familiar with the premise of this film which reminded me of the "Running Man" (except with teens) and those TV reality shows. The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve poorer surrounding districts. As a punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol by the districts, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each …
Zeljka - wrote on 04/30/2012
Ok, many reviews of The Hunger Games already, so one more won't make any difference. I've read the book, and just like with the book, I have no intention to see the other two movies and read the other two books - somehow this one sufficed and I'll satisfy myself just with reading the summaries of the other ones. Movie was good, although in some things quite different from the book (Peeta is for an example much better in the book, and I think blonde Hutcherson was a mistake - that guy is very cute and here seems so miscast; and the weird warg-like creatures in the end had more ominous origins in the book), but same as in the book, I found the premise bloody dumb (not even in ancient Rome was such a practice, actually never anywhere, just because it is plainly dumb), and the teen love …