• Released
  • March 23, 2012
  • (Available in IMAX for One Week Only!)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 22 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Drama

Right on and faithful with the book!

By arielsadmirer
Written March 24, 2012
We saw this at the midnight premier in IMAX. The movie was spectacular... fast-paced right to the end. The actors brought you right into their world, the cinematography was amazing! Camera usage made you feel like you were right their watching news coverage of a live event! Special effects usage was tasteful and blended well with the rest. This is a must see. For the parent that is leary, there are some scenes of violence, even to the point that it might be labeled graphic, i.e. a kids neck broken, which was shot from a distance and not close up, and Rue pulling a spear from her stomach. There are depictions of blood, though. For those of a faith background, The story is completely devoid of any mention of faith in the books. Yet there is one epithet where Katniss exclaims "oh my God." I do not remember any cussing. All-in-all a great movie, although a little violent. Go see it!
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Wonderful dipiction of the first book!

By kcausey
Written March 23, 2012
Jennifer Lawrence is strong, sincere and riveting as Katniss. I am so glad a serious actress was signed on for this part! The casting was hands down the best I have seen on a book to movie series. Each character came alive from Haymitch to Effie to Cinna to Josh. The soundtrack enhanced the story perfectly and the writing (w Suzanne's help!) balanced nicely between the serious ness of the subject, the politics, the action and the drama, making a movie that will stand the test of time. I am a computer geek and really enjoyed the CGI effects within the "arena" and the main control center in Panem. Cinematography was beautifully done bringing alive the distressed Districts, the beauty of the wooded Arena and the majestic richness of Panem. The sorrow of the first sequence in the games when all the tributes race from their tubicles was captured without excess gore but with a soft camera hand that understood death and dying. Very Well Done! I gotta see it again.
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Awesome adaptation of the Book

By ngio64
Written March 23, 2012
The movie was riveting and stayed faithful to the book. The violence was handled well and not exploited, for the most part. The scene with Rue was done beautifully. If you liked the Hunger Games book, don't miss the movie.
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Yes - Crowd Makes It Better

By my1reed
Written March 23, 2012
Midnight show with my daughter and ger friend (7th graders) - energy was fantastic - Besides the drawbacks - it is one of the the best first book adaptations next to the 1st Harry Potter. My daughter thought Twillight had a pretty good book to film carryover as well. Will be going to see it again! Flaws - missing the Mayor and the true story behind the 'pin' - What happened to Gael's family? (that will matter in the next movie) The meaning behind the "District 11 death " is lost a bit because they sacrificed and gave more time with Peeta - not really necessary - Viewers are missing a real sense of the 'hunger' the tributes really had and why the opulence of the capitol is overwhelming - (why is it a big deal leaving the full dinner table without really eating)
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You will not be disappointed!

By Stufu81
Written March 23, 2012
It definitely lived up to the book. There were some key plot points that were omitted but even if you have not read the book, you can still follow along. It was amazing!
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