Mars Movie Reviews – The Hunger Games

Movie Info: 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. — (C) Lionsgate

Mars Review: A lot has been lost in the translation from the first book of the trilogy, which is a shame because there is the potential there for this young woman Jennifer Lawrence to fulfill. Lawrence is fantastic in the lead role and gives the audience someone to root for to survive this horrible ordeal. The musical score, costumes and makeup are the other strengths. The movie on its own terms is an entirely likable thriller, if a bit light on intelligence and personality. Maybe ‘The Hunger Games’ series will deepen with further adaptations, but the series is off to a pretty snail start.

Stars: 2 ½