September 27, 2020

By REYHAN ENVER

Whether or not fans read the book beforehand, the movie adaptation of the best-selling novel The Hunger Games did not disappoint.
The story was easy to follow even if you did not have the background from the books. That being said, the almost two and a half hour movie included almost everything that Suzanne Collins created and imagined in the novel.
The film is about the 74th Hunger Games, a televised event that the land of Panem hosts each year. Civilization as we know it is destroyed and all that is left are 12 districts. The “government” is the Capitol, the richest part of the land. All other districts are lower class; the higher the number, the less developed the district.
Each year, a boy and a girl between 12-18 years of age are chosen at random to participate in the Hunger Games – a fight to the death where only one person survives and becomes victor.
Katniss Everdeen, an experienced hunter, played by Jennifer Lawrence, volunteers as a tribute after her younger sister is chosen. A boy from her past, Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson, is also chosen from District 12. The immediate sadness is evident when it is realized that only one of them may come out alive.
The characters are well-developed throughout the film, making you fear and feel pity for each person who must be involved in the Hunger Games.
The movie ends on a note that makes you expect a sequel – which you should, since the series is a trilogy.
The film invokes every emotion and keeps you intrigued the entire length of the movie. There are no slow or dull scenes.
The movie had the biggest non-sequel opening to date, raking in $155 million its opening weekend.
I give the film five out of five stars.