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For some, Darwinism boils down to survival of the fittest. It is comprised of the wealthy Capitol surrounded by 12 impoverished districts.
Only those equipped to make it in a brutal, indifferent environment will move on to the next round. After a failed uprising, the Capitol has ordered that one boy and one girl, each between the ages of 12 and 18, from each district would be selected at random and brought to the Capital for a fight to the death.
There are those who see a socio-political commentary in the film; conservatives look at the young people as the Tea Party vs.
the elitist left-leaning establishment, whereas liberals look at the young people as signifying the Occupy movement against the one per-centers.
The images are dazzling in places, but not as much as I thought it would be.
Only one of the 24 young people would survive the competition, which was televised and became known as the Hunger Games. In District 12, the coal-mining district which is one of the poorest of them all, the people awaiting the Reaping (the ceremony in which the selection of the fighters, known as Tributes, is made) with a mixture of anticipation and dread.
You are free to choose whichever interpretation you wish, or to make up one of your own.
This is meant to be socio-political commentary disguised as entertainment but Collins is wise enough to be fairly vague in who’s who. Left me ambivalent about the inevitable next film in the franchise. FAMILY VALUES: There is quite a lot of violence as well as a few disturbing images.
Somewhat anti-climactically, Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), the son of a baker, is chosen for the boys.
The two are collected by Effie Trinket (Banks), a dandified handler and whisked away by bullet train to Capitol.
There they are to be mentored by Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson), a sullen alcoholic who has the distinction of winning the Hunger Games twenty years previously.