The Hunger Games

I have a confession to make. I have not read the Hunger Games books. That being said, most everyone that I know has so when they wanted to go see the Hunger Games, I went along with them.

It had good parts and bad. The action was decent, although it really deserved a higher rating so that they could actually do justice to the horror of kids killing one another. The way it is, it just doesn’t have much of impact. Supposedly these are the actions of a dystopian government trying to control it’s people, but it just feel sort of flat.

Combine that with the fact that for a movie name “The Hunger Games”, there’s really no feeling that the people are actually hungry. They look well fed enough even out in the districts and look only superficially dirty at best. For a suppressive regeim, they’re really not doing so great a job. And then they have all of this crazy technology, yet people are starving. Some of that is understandable, but really–if they have the genetic ability to create those dog… things, they should be able to build a better society. Just sayin.

Also in those standard after-movie-talks that I’m sure everyone does, it seems that I’ve come up with a good chunk of the plot for both the second and third book. No, I haven’t read those either. I guess that says something for how formulaic they are.

Overall, I’ll put this one below John Carter. It may be better if you’ve read the books, but I’ve always been a firm believer that a movie should be able to stand on its own.

Ranked: 2012 Movie Reviews

  1. The Avengers
  2. The Cabin in the Woods
  3. Wreck-It Ralph
  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Looper
  7. Argo
  8. Rise of the Guardians
  9. Brave
  10. Life of Pi
  11. Skyfall
  12. Men in Black 3
  13. Total Recall
  14. Cloud Atlas
  15. Lockout
  16. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  17. Dark Shadows
  18. John Carter
  19. The Amazing Spider-Man
  20. The Bourne Legacy
  21. The Hunger Games
  22. Breaking Dawn - Part 2
  23. Snow White and the Huntsman
  24. Hotel Transylvania
  25. Mirror Mirror
  26. The Five-Year Engagement
  27. Prometheus
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