2016: Ryan Reynolds vs. Ed Skrein The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. The novels were all well received. "[71][72] Arcade Fire's Panem national anthem has received strong reviews. After her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for the 74th Hunger Games, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen of District 12 volunteers to take her place. 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The film also achieved the sixteenth-highest opening-day and nineteenth-highest single-day grosses of all time. Suzanne Collins adapted the novel for film herself, with screen writer Billy Ray revising it. "[153] Erik Kain of Forbes saw the controversy as a way to appreciate the value of free speech. [35], The Gamemakers' control center, about which Katniss can only speculate in the novel, was also developed as a location, helping to remind the audience of the artificial nature of the arena. For her sake, a rescue mission is mounted that succeeds in rescuing Peeta, Johanna and Annie. Katniss becomes disoriented from being stung a few times. [82] Simon Reynolds of Digital Spy gave the film four stars out of five, calling it "enthralling from beginning to end, science fiction that has depth and intelligence to match its pulse-racing entertainment value". Development of The Hunger Games began in March 2009 when Lions Gate Entertainment entered into a co-production agreement with Color Force, which had acquired the rights a few weeks earlier. [30], J.C. Maçek III of PopMatters stated, "While the film saga does capture the action of The Hunger Games, the novels are most assuredly the heart of the story. 1999: Ben Stiller vs. According to Spin, "'Horn of Plenty' pulls off the neat feat of sounding both exactly like Arcade Fire and exactly like a futuristic anthem. [43] Other actors considered for the role of Gale included David Henrie, Drew Roy, and Robbie Amell. The film was released on March 23, 2012. [3][37] On March 16, 2011, it was announced that Jennifer Lawrence (who was at the time filming for X-Men: First Class) had landed the coveted role. Demolition plans at the former manufacturing and distribution facility at The Grounds at Concord are planned to begin within the next 30 days. [53] The movie was shot on film as opposed to digital due (in part) to the tightness of the schedule; as Ross said in an interview with The New York Times, "I didn't want to run the risk of the technical issues that often come with shooting digitally—we simply couldn't afford any delays. Praise has focused on the addictive quality, especially of the first book, and the action. [122] The Huffington Post reported that Penn Badgley, a supporter of Occupy Wall Street, saw the film as a social commentary on the movement. District by district, the citizens of Panem begin to stage uprisings against the Capitol. She and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark are escorted to the Capitol by their chaperone Effie Trinket and mentor Haymitch Abernathy, the Games' only living winner from District 12. On a tired night, Collins says that while she was channel-surfing the television, she saw people competing for some prize and then saw footage of the Iraq War. Ross doesn't give the film a glossy, romanticized 'Hollywood' feel, but rather plays everything very realistically and stark, as Katniss must endure these outrageous and horrible scenarios. She feels three key elements create a good game: an all powerful and ruthless government, people forced to fight to the death, and the game's role as a source of popular entertainment. [16] The casting of Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, and Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith, soon followed. [102] It remained in first place at the North American box office for four consecutive weekends, becoming the first film since Avatar to achieve this. 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[40] She added that Lawrence was the "only one who truly captured the character I wrote in the book" and that she had "every essential quality necessary to play Katniss". [21] John Green of The New York Times compared The Hunger Games with Scott Westerfeld's The Uglies series. Despite Peeta's vehement opposition, Katniss leaves to get medicine for him, but she is ambushed and overpowered by Clove, who gloats about Rue's death and prepares to kill her. [145][146][147] In a Jezebel article published March 26, 2012, Dodai Stewart reported that several users on Twitter posted racist tweets, criticizing the portrayals of Rue, Thresh and Cinna by African American actors. [137], Charles McGrath, writing for The New York Times, said that the film will remind viewers of the television series Survivor, a little of The Bachelorette, and of the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson published in 1948 by The New Yorker. The winning tribute and his/her home district are then rewarded with food, supplies, and riches. "People should not have to register at every possible public and private provider in … [60] The idea was to create clothing unique for every character and to differentiate strongly the people in Capitol and in districts [61] Grey and blue prevailed in the color palette for the district, while the people in Capitol were chosen to look bright in theatrical hats, flowers, ruffles, with powdered and eyebrowless faces. Florida emergency manager: "I know it feels like 'Hunger Games' out there because there's a little vaccine and there's a lot of people that want it." Aggregations of these comments, like the Jezebel piece, expose people for what they are. What ultimately is created from the Hunger Games is a hierarchy where most of the people in Panem have someone to make fun of or look down on. [30], Collins adapted the novel for film herself,[25] in collaboration with screenwriter Billy Ray and director Gary [94][95][96] For its opening weekend, the film earned the No. Katniss ultimately learns—to her surprise—that she had inadvertently been an integral part of the rebellion all along; her rescue had been jointly planned by Haymitch, Plutarch Heavensbee, and Finnick Odair, among others. [93] On its opening day, it topped the box office at $67.3 million (including midnight showings), setting opening-day and single-day records for a non-sequel. The authorities are furious at being made fools of, and the only way to try to allay their anger is to pretend that her actions were because of her love for Peeta. A darker, more mature franchise has come to claim your throne. 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[105] On April 20, 2012, Lionsgate and IMAX Corporation announced that due to "overwhelming demand", The Hunger Games would return to North American IMAX cinemas on April 27 for a further one-week engagement. "Although it’s... aimed at young adults, it presents potentially quite subversive ideas of mass revolution, economic sabotage and the populist fight against oligarchy. [6], A prequel novel, titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, about the early days of the Hunger Games, featuring a young Coriolanus Snow as protagonist, was released on May 19, 2020.[7]. Snow announces a special 75th edition of the Hunger Games—known as the Quarter Quell—in which Katniss and Peeta are forced to compete with other past victors, effectively canceling the wedding. [83] However, film critic David Thomson of the magazine The New Republic called it a "terrible movie", criticizing it for a lack of character development and unclear presentation of the violence, describing the latter as "un-American". 99 $10.99 $10.99 [138] It reminded an author at Salon of the 1932 film The Most Dangerous Game. Thresh, District 11's male tribute, overhears and kills Clove. Time critic Mary Pols considered that the film was too violent for young children, even though the violence had been toned down compared with the novel,[86] while critic Théoden Janes of the Charlotte Observer found that "[...] the violence is so bland it dilutes the message". Alli Shearmur and Jim Miller, president and senior vice president of motion picture production at Lionsgate, took charge of overseeing the production of the film, which they described as "an incredible property... a thrill to bring … Quentin Tarantino has built his career on this principle. 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[10][103][104] On June 10, 2012 (its 80th day in theaters), it became the 14th movie to pass the $400-million-mark. Maybe it's a libertarian epic about the evils of authoritarian government. Also selected from District 12 is Peeta Mellark. The trilogy's narrator and protagonist Katniss Everdeen, lives in District 12, the poorest region of Panem, located in Appalachia,[9] where people regularly die of starvation. [3][42], Contenders for the role of Peeta other than Hutcherson included Alexander Ludwig (who was later cast as Cato), Hunter Parrish, Lucas Till, and Evan Peters. The Hunger Games received mostly positive reviews from critics. However, at what is supposed to be Snow's execution, Katniss instead kills Coin with her bow. "[71][72] He further added that "it's not a pop song or anything. 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He spares Katniss once, for Rue's sake. [115], Interpretations of the film's themes and messages have been widely discussed among critics and general commentators. Comparisons were also made between The Hunger Games premise of children killing each other, and the child soldiers of the Lord's Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony. They discover "Foxface", District 5's female tribute, dead from eating what she assumed were edible berries from watching Peeta. [166], Screening of The Hunger Games was delayed indefinitely in Vietnam. Katniss and Haymitch cast the deciding votes in favor of the scheme. 1 Abroad in Unspectacular Fashion, Drawing $59.3 Million", "The Hunger Games: Is It Already the Biggest Thing Ever?! [120], The film has drawn varying interpretations for its political overtones, including arguments in favor of left-wing, right-wing, and libertarian viewpoints. There is a film version of the prequel that is in progress with Francis Lawrence as the director. [11], A contemporary source of inspiration was Collins' recent fascination with reality television programs. It was one of those things where you just glimpse your whole movie in front of you. [28] The studio, which had not made a profit for five years, raided the budgets of other productions and sold assets to secure a budget of $88,000,000—one of its largest ever[29]—for the film. 2000: Keanu Reeves vs. Laurence Fishburne "[54], Virtually all production photography took place in North Carolina, with Lionsgate receiving tax credits of around $8 million from the state government to do so. Coin then asks the surviving victors to vote on a final Hunger Games, involving the children of high-ranking Capitol officials (including Snow's granddaughter). [70], Arcade Fire also contributed to the movie's original score. [118] Katniss is also seen as defying normative gender roles: she exhibits both "masculine" and "feminine" traits equally. And then she came in and read for me and just knocked me out; I'd never seen an audition like that before in my life. More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the [Hunger] Games. Production Details • Directed by Gary Ross • Produced by Nina Jacobson • Based on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins • A co-production from Lionsgate and Color Force • … President Snow threatens to harm Katniss' family and friends if she does not help to defuse the unrest in the districts and marry Peeta. 2007: Gerard Butler vs. Robert Maillet, 2008: Sean Faris vs. Cam Gigandet 2011: Robert Pattinson vs. Bryce Dallas Howard and Xavier Samuel [151], Fahima Haque of The Washington Post, Bim Adewunmi of The Guardian, and Christopher Rosen of The Huffington Post all reiterate the fact that Rue and Thresh are described in The Hunger Games as having dark brown skin, as well as Collins's assertion that they were intended to be depicted as African Americans. [23] Mockingjay was praised for its portrayal of violence,[24] world building, and romantic intrigue. [4] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 18, 2012. Save Load Season Your History Save Statistics. Katniss destroys the supplies the Careers stockpiled by detonating mines guarding them, while Rue provides a distraction. Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in the adaptation, while Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth play Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, respectively. The screenplay expanded the character of Seneca Crane to allow several developments to be shown directly to the audience and Ross added several scenes between Crane and Coriolanus Snow. However, Peeta has been brainwashed to kill Katniss, and he tries to choke her to death upon their reunion. Peeta advises the Careers to wait her out. In the arena, Katniss allies with Rue, a young tribute from District 11 who reminds Katniss of her kid sister. "[34] Ross and visual effects supervisor Sheena Duggal were keen to use the omniscient view that the setting provided to justify the literal dei ex machina Katniss experiences in the arena; Duggal explained that "we really didn't want to have to explain things... how do you get compelled by these [animals] that just appear at the end of the movie? The District 12 survivors find shelter with them. She lives in the fictional District 12 where jobs are based around coal. When all of the other tributes are dead, the rule change is abruptly revoked. It follows Coriolanus Snow when he was 18 years old. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence embodies Katniss, "just as one might imagine her from the novel". One: you may be a racist—congrats! [148][152][153] Adewunmi remarked that "it comes to this: if the casting of Rue, Thresh and Cinna has left you bewildered and upset, consider two things. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was released November 21, 2014, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 was released November 20, 2015. [176] In November 2011, Lionsgate entered negotiations with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to adapt the novel for screen, since the post-production schedule for The Hunger Games was too crowded for Ross and Collins to adapt the next film as originally planned. Two: you definitely lack basic reading comprehension. [130] Jonathan Looms of The Oxford Student argues that it is "unfair that the film is only drawing comparisons with Battle Royale" but that it "is a veritable pastiche of other movies" as well, comparing it to The Truman Show, Death Race, the Bourne films, and Zoolander, and that it is common for artists to borrow from and "improve on many sources. [46] Fireman's Fund Insurance Company insured the production, but as part of the underwriting process insisted on a thorough risk analysis of hazards as diverse as wayward arrows, poison ivy, bears, bugs, and a chase across fast-running water. When Rue is killed, Katniss places flowers around her body as an act of defiance toward the Capitol. Set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, where a boy and a girl from each of the nation's 12 Districts are chosen annually as "tributes" and forced to compete in The Hunger Games, an elaborate televised fight to the death, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister's place. She runs into the Careers, with whom Peeta has seemingly allied, and flees up a tree. [78] Empire magazine said "Lawrence is perfect as Katniss, there's very little softness about her, more a melancholy determination that good must be done even if that requires bad things. [84], Eric Goldman of IGN awarded the film four out of five stars, stating that director Gary Ross "gets the tone of The Hunger Games right. [171] Three weeks after the release of the movie to home media formats in the US, over 5 million DVD units and 3.7 million Blu-ray Disc units have been sold. 1. [136] Steve Rose of The Guardian refers to the film as "think Battle Royale meets The Running Man meets Survivor". But I try not to think about stuff like that. Peeta regains his sanity. [8] At the time of its release, the film's opening weekend gross ($152.5 million) was the third-largest of any film in North America. [25], The series received criticism regarding its reality TV "death game" theme being derivative of earlier works, particularly Battle Royale,[26][20] as well as The Running Man, The Long Walk,[20] The 10th Victim,[27] and Series 7: The Contenders. Katniss is tried, but the jury believes she was mentally unfit, and she is sent home to District 12. 1997: Fairuza Balk vs. Robin Tunney Mockingjay was praised for its portrayal of violence, world building, and romantic intrigue. Sure, many hide under the cloak of anonymity, but many others cannot or choose not to. 2002: Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker vs. Hong Kong gang [3][188], 1996: Adam Sandler vs. Bob Barker [60], The soundtrack album for The Hunger Games contains songs inspired by the film; only three of them ("Abraham's Daughter", "Safe & Sound", and "Kingdom Come", respectively) appear in the film itself, during the closing credits. 2003: Yoda vs. Christopher Lee [164] In the United States, the film was granted a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)[165] for "intense violent thematic material and disturbing images—all involving teens"; as Collins had originally anticipated. I thought it was totally important. Katniss, after seeing first-hand the destruction wrought on her district, agrees to become the "Mockingjay", the symbol of the rebellion. Cato gets Peeta in a headlock and uses him as a human shield against Katniss's bow. "[161] Los Angeles Times writer Alexandra Le Tellier commented that "[t]he sexist commentary along with the racist barbs made by so-called fans are as stomach-churning as the film's cultural commentary, which, in part, shines a light on the court of public opinion and its sometimes destructive power to determine someone else's fate". She says they are like The Hunger Games because the Games are not just entertainment but also a reminder to the districts of their rebellion. RELATED: 'Hunger Games' … Afterward, Haymitch warns Katniss that she has made enemies through these acts of defiance. [111] According to first tracking, unaided awareness for The Hunger Games was 11%, definite interest was 54%, first choice was 23% and total awareness was 74%. As a result, Ruiz contends the novel is better than the film. Lionsgate Entertainment acquired worldwide distribution rights to a film adaptation of The Hunger Games, produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force production company. Harris County, Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo tells Ayman how randomized and equitable waitlist processes can help alleviate vaccine distribution problems.Jan. [179][180][181][182] On May 6, 2012, it was reported that Michael Arndt was in talks to re-write the script for Catching Fire. Anderson of Slate states that "[j]ust as living in a world with abundant calories does not automatically make everyone fat, living in a dystopian world like Panem with sporadic food access would not automatically make everyone skinny. On the journey home, Peeta is dismayed to learn of the deception. [107], With regard to ticket sales, The Hunger Games broke the record for first-day advance ticket sales on Fandango on February 22, 2012, topping the previous record of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.