Sci Fi Movie Podcast The Hunger Games

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Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Ian Fults and Jonathan Colbon

Podcast length: 1:21:19

Sci-Fi Movie Podcast - The Hunger GamesThis week on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, Rem, Ian and Jonathan dig deeper into The Hunger Games from 2012 and directed by Gary Ross.

Adapted from the Suzanne Collins novel, The Hunger Games tells a story in a dystopian future where children are forced to fight to the death in a competition when only one emerges alive and victorious.

The Positive
The film benefits greatly from the involvement of Suzanne Collins in the adaption of her novel to the big screen. Rem, Ian and Jonathan agreed the movie featured strong performances by Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks. The story line is well played and the majority of graphic violence is played off camera.  It’s a very good start to the 3 films that will follow.

The Negative
Ian found the pace of the movie to be slow, likely because some of the book content may not have been translated well to the screen. Jonathan could have done without some of the religious imagery using bread in many instances.  Also, many found the used of ‘shakey cam’ was at best irritating and at work nauseating.

Overall
The Hunger Games is a good start to the 4 movie series. It’s an interesting storyline with a strong cast.

Storyline
In the fractured country of Panem, 12 districts, as punishment for a failed rebellion, must send 2 children, (a male and a female), to compete in a harsh, televised, gladiatorial battle to the death called The Hunger games.  The children are selected by lottery…unless someone volunteers..

Director: Gary Ross

Writers: Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray

Novel: Suzanne Collins

Cast

Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss Everdeen

Stanley Tucci – Caesar Flickerman

Wes Bentley – Seneca Crane

Willow Shields – Primrose Everdeen

Elizabeth Banks – Effie Trinket

Woody Harrelson – Haymitch Abernathy

Donald Sutherland – President Snow

Lenny Kravitz – Cinna

Links

The Hunger Games Trailer

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Sci Fi Movie Podcast The Hunger Games