The Hunger Games

  • 12
  • Gary Ross (2012)
  • US
  • 136 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

In this impressive action thriller, faithfully adapted from the first book in Suzanne Collins's bestselling trilogy, a failed revolution in what used to be called America has led to the creation of 12 downtrodden districts that serve the wealthy Capitol. As penance for the uprising, every year two young people from each district are drafted to fight to the death in a televised combat spectacle. Although pitted against far stronger rivals, resourceful heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) fans the flames of working-class unrest with her iron will to survive. Despite well-worn ideas culled from the likes of The Running Man (1987) and Battle Royale (2000), and such obvious targets as reality TV, the idle rich/revolting poor divide and social control through the media, director Gary Ross (Pleasantville) keeps the sci-fi themes vivid and relevant, the camerawork jittery and involving and the action speedy and thrilling. Bolstering Lawrence's magnetic performance are marvellous turns by smitten fellow competitor Josh Hutcherson, jaded mentor Woody Harrelson and smarmy TV host Stanley Tucci. The dystopian design is also inspired, in a surprisingly serious franchise start-up that will please fans of the books and newcomers alike.

Plot Summary

Futuristic action thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence. In annual retribution for a failed uprising in the totalitarian state of Panem, each of 12 districts is forced to select a young boy and girl to take part in a televised fight to the death. When her younger sister is chosen, the resourceful Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place.

Cast and crew


Katniss Everdeen
Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Peeta Mellark
Josh Hutcherson
Gale Hawthorne
Liam Hemsworth
Effie Trinket
Elizabeth Banks (2)
Caesar Flickerman
Stanley Tucci
Haymitch Abernathy
Woody Harrelson
Claudius Templesmith
Toby Jones
Primrose Everdeen
Willow Shields
President Snow
Donald Sutherland
Seneca Crane
Wes Bentley
Lenny Kravitz
Mrs Everdeen
Paula Malcolmson
Amandla Sternberg
Alexander Ludwig
Isabelle Fuhrman


Gary Ross

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Lionsgate UK
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Mar 2012
Certificate 12