The big buzz this weekend revolves around the new movie, ′The Hunger Games′. Reviews of the film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel, the first of a trilogy, are generally positive, if not overwhelming. Produced by Lions Gate Entertainment, the movie stars actress Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as her lover and team mate, Peeta Mellark. The film is set in a futuristic society of a post-apocalyptic America, known as Panem. The nation is ruled by a totalitarian government whose president is Coriolarius Snow is played by veteran actor Donald Sutherland. The story line is something along the lines of ′Gladiator′ and ′Rollerball′ meets ′Twilight′ and ′Buffy the Vampire Slayer′.

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Fans in London are excited after ′The Hunger Games′ reviews compel them to flock to the premier. Image Credit: Wenn.com.

A short synopsis is that North America is divided into 12 Districts, and each year, one young male and female from each competes in a fight-to-the-death competition. Participants, between the ages of 12 through 18, are selected by lottery, and if a family chooses to obtain extra rations of food, they can add their children multiple times. Katniss, 16, volunteers to compete when her younger sister, Primrose or Prim, is chosen by lottery or ′the reaping.′ The games are televised and there is betting and sponsors, all which make winning so much the better.

Naturally, there is a certain amount of rigging in the games. Those from the wealthier districts tend to have more advantages. But Katniss, who comes from one of the poorest districts, offs many of them early on. Her gallantry and valor begin to inspire the audience in resisting against the whims of the leaders in ′the Capitol.′ The rules of the game are changed a couple of times during the event in order to please the crowds, and to subdue them.

Some of ′The Hunger Games′ reviews cite other films like ′Blade Runner′, ′Lord of the Flies′ and ′The Running Man.′. While I do not disagree with such, I would like to add ′Rollerball′ to the mix. In that dystopian world, governments have been replaced with corporations, and each city-state, which controls a major industry, fields a team for Rollerball, a sport meant to replace war and keep the masses occupied. When a decision is made at ′Corporate Level′ for the game′s best player to be forced to retire, Jonathan refuses to go along. The rules of the game are changed during the final play-offs to kill him off.

Whether you agree or disagree with ′The Hunger Games′ reviews, this will be the hot ticket. The Lions Gates Entertainment film, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark will draw young adults and teenagers to flock to the theaters. There is no doubt that the other two parts of the Suzanne Collins trilogy will also be made into movies. The dystopian nation of Panem is a totalitarian state that our heroes challenge. So watch the movie and read the books yourself to determine if this is a warning against big government or a call to build a welfare state.

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