The Hunger Games (12A)

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Reviewer Melmoth
13/05/2012
Enjoyable but ultimately unsatisfying sci-fi romp. There are some wonderful moments. It is all executed with undoubted skill – there are countless scenes where you want to laugh because it should be ridiculous, but somehow it works. The problem is that it never really rises above being a niche movie for the teenage girl market. Don't get me wrong - this is much better than the Twilight drivel, but if it had been darker and more adult, the biting satire could have made this into a cult classic. What a shame.
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Reviewer Darbs
25/03/2012
Watching Jennifer Lawrence's performance is the standout experience of this film, portraying a feisty moral heroine with nuance and passion and not putting a foot wrong in any scene. The film should have been great, as the story has powerful political undertones and is a wonderful satire on the drivel TV companies insist on trying to force feed their audience nowadays. However, there is just not enough back-story or detail on the fears and motivation of the other characters to really bring the film home. The first 15 or 20 minutes promises more, but other than a brief scene towards the end, when one of the doomed contestants screams how he's lived for this moment of his own death and glory, we are left disappointed.
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