The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

DVD - 2012
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Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she's pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives. She must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Publisher: [United States] : Alliance Films, 2012.
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION HUN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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I think the hunger games is cool even though it’s pretty violent.

Dec 05, 2017

One of the few series of films I keep coming back to. Very true to the books and high quality productions.

Jun 22, 2017

I watched it again after a few years and I still like it. Well done. Not a big fan of the sequels though. Book is worth reading. More detail.

Apr 10, 2017

I LOVE EVERYTHING about this movie...the romance,the action, & the acting!!!

One of the most intriguing stories ever. Highly recommended.

Mar 09, 2017

this movie was the best I love watching


Dec 05, 2016

I recommend this movie series to adults. The Mockingjay is the main character. She is a teenager from a poor village. This is a love story. The script is about a dictatorship having an abundance of food while the poor are starving. The government oppresses the poor. Lots of violence happens. There is subtle sexual scenes. This movie is not good for children. For adults, it will be fast moving with lots of action. The script is the struggle for the poor to survive. The poor abused stand up for their rights. The Mockingjay is their beacon of courage to ask for change and dare to demand respect.

Oct 12, 2016

plot sometimes doesn't make any sense, still it is for me the best fantasy movie

Jul 20, 2016

The Hunger Games is a film on an interesting idea which when looked at literally can seem gruesome but through the lens of the author and director seem acceptable within that society. Casting doesn’t seem to be a problem for me especially since I didn’t end up reading the series of novels it was based off of. However even though I didn’t have any expectations prior to watching the film the acting seems decent although it was odd that people living in complete poverty could look as good as Jennifer Lawrence did at times. The movie itself portrays a social segregation of wealth classes gone to another level in which a teenager of each gender is chosen from each district (poor areas) and are pinned against each other in a televised battle to death which the rich enjoy watching. The whole premise of the film is already captivating as it brings up questions in our society and what we watch on tv and it brings up questions on where to draw the line on what is acceptable or not. I recommend this for a bit of a more mature audience as someone younger might not understand it as well. Overall the movie was done very well production wise, the acting was great as far as I know, and the movie did a good job at grabbing my attention. Overall I’d recommend watching the movie as it was very entertaining. 3.5/5 stars
- @magicsoup of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is the first movie that was made out of the hunger games series. It entails a strong female protagonist, Katniss Everdeen and an evil antagonist, President Snow who but heads a lot through the course of the movie. The casting for this movie was done to perfection. Jennifer Aniston, who plays katniss, played her part beautifully, capturing the true character of Katniss Everdeen. I also really enjoyed the graphics in this movie. The way that the Hunger Games were portrayed is extremely well done and very accurate to the book. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would definitely watch it again. The story displays family love, heartbreak, and manipulation, which lead to major plot twists in the movie. I advise people the watch the movie and if you like it you will be happy to hear that there is a sequel!!!
- @BakerBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The hunger games is a creative book series, written by Suzanne Collins, that was inspired by Battle Royale with some twists. I think the movies are really fun to watch especially if you’re someone who’s too lazy to read the books, but the books are fun to read if you take the time. The book came alive in this movie with almost everything exact but there are some slight differences. Everything mostly revolves around Katniss Everdeen, in this movie (the first one) being that she was forced to fight in the games in place of her sister. I think this movie is one of the best and it’s never boring to watch more than once. However I wouldn't recommend it for young children because it involves weapons and some blood. I would rate it 5/5 stars.
- @Canija of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 23, 2016

I like this movie even though lots of people died.I am sad the little girl who nursed katness back to health died though.I like Katness and Peta a lot. They are both pretty smart.

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Nov 21, 2016

Violence: So much violence. the other movies are less violent though.

me_tis_awesome Mar 07, 2016

Violence: Duh, if you read the hunger games you'd know what I mean.

Oct 03, 2015

Sexual Content: A few kisses.

Oct 03, 2015

Coarse Language: A few mild words.

Oct 03, 2015

Violence: Teenagers stab, strike, pummel and generally kill each other with knives, swords, spears, arrows, and their own hands. A girl is stung to death by wasps and her disfigured face is quite disturbing. Only four wounds are actually shown--two leg wounds, a nastily scratched face, and blood from a spear wound on a dying twelve year old's shirt.

Oct 03, 2015

Other: Frightening killer dogs make an appearance. A supporting character is perpetually drunk.

Oct 03, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Painful wounds and the threat of deadly peril are constants in this movie. The girl stung by the tracker jackers and the dying twelve year old are particularly upsetting.

Dec 09, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There's some blood, they don't show much though, and there is one scene where they show a dead body.

Black_Dog_300 Jul 14, 2014

Violence: like really... you want an explanation?

Dec 30, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Blood...

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Jun 20, 2015

"Go on. Shoot. Then we both go down and you win. Go on. I'm dead anyway. I always was, right? I just didn't know that until now." -Cato Hadley, District 2

"Well, I'll see you tomorrow"--Peeta Mellark

Nov 02, 2014

I volunteer.I volunteer as a Tribute

Dec 30, 2013

"Thank you for your Consideration," - Katniss
"Nice shooting sweetheart," - Haymitch

Sep 24, 2013

"Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favour!"

Jul 22, 2013

"May the odds be ever in your favour"

Apr 27, 2013

Peeta:" I keep wishing that I could think of a show the Capitol that they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their Games." Katniss:" I just can't afford to think like that."

Nov 03, 2012

cCngratulations, you just killed your first placemat

Oct 18, 2012

Katniss to Gale "There's 24 of us Gale and only one comes out"

Oct 06, 2012

Peeta Mellark: "...You're supposed to tell us how to get sponsors and give us advice." Haymitch Abernathy: "Oh. Okay. Ummm... Embrace the probability of your imminent death... and know, in your heart, that there's nothing I can do to save you." Katniss Everdeen: "So why are you here, then?" Haymitch Abernathy (holds up a glass of whiskey): "The refreshments."

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Dec 23, 2015

I'll try not to give too much away, for those of you yet to see it! Indeed, I'll stop using actual names, further along.

__ Katniss volunteers for the games, to spare her 10 year old younger sister. She and her neighborhood baker's son, Peeta, find themselves whisked from semi-rural poverty, onto a 200 mph train, flashily attired with crystal chandeliers, flashy food, a garishly garnered gathering of a made up white faced, dress and jacket [yellow and pink?! I couldn't look! :-{ ], constantly ranting woman (Effie Trinket) "Aren't you so lucky to be on this train, such a smooth ride, all this flash food and furnishings! (Never mind you're off to your probable deaths!) May the odds always be in your favor"! Haymitch arrived, drunk and didn't dispense advice. He was able, however, to prevent an attack from Peeta, with a well placed foot onto his chest. Latter, a very concerned Katniss missed stabbing his hand by 2cm. Effie: "THAT'S MAHOGANY"!! Haymitch admonishers Katniss - she needs to win friends - for influence and sponsorship. They arrive, meet other contestants. Haymitch stays off the booze, briefs and gives them advice.

__ For instances:
_ One district has academy that trains fighters, who then volunteer for the Hunger Games.
_ Contestants jumping the start gun get killed by the organizers.
_ Keep away from the goodies pile at the start - turns into blood bath.
_ Go uphill and find water supply.

__THE GAMES START__. (I will stop using names). A brawl at the pile. Contestant 4 goes and grabs bag that had left the pile. Then gets bowled by another contestant, who changes her mind and they back apart, run off. Contestant 4 makes for the boundary. At 1.5km, the controllers set off a forest fire, with fire balls, to chase Contestant 4 back, leaving her with large burn to leg. Brief scene: Haymitch talks to wealthy couple. Contestant 4 receives paragliding robot, carrying curing balm. Contestant 4 sees Peeta has joined the Academy force, who go around killing other contestants, 5 on 1. They corner Contestant 4 up a tree and wait her out. Contestant 7 points out GE Wasp (hallucinogenic and possibly deadly sting) nest to 4. Who got it to fall on Academy, who run away. Contestant 4 then wanders, hallucinating from the Stings Contestant 4 received. Contestants 4 and 7 launch plan to get goodies from academy but C7 killed. Her district riots and rebels! Academy have surrounded goodies pile with mines. Contestant 4 knocks over goodies setting off the mines and wreaking many of the goodies. In Control Room, Chief Games Controller has another organize attack dogs to go after Contestant 4 - who does so with an Excessively Sadistic Delight! President Rose tells Chief Controller only one contestant is to survive - no sympathy or playing to public's appeal for underdogs - of whom there are far too many. (Haymitch had pitched letting two survive, as underdogs, to Chief Controller). I very much like President Rose and intend to start a committee for his re-election!! Back at the games, Mr Academy has a cry, tells other survivors he has nothing to loose because only knows how to kill! I'll end my summary here.

__ Written in main 08:50 30/11/15

Dec 23, 2013

In the Distant Future lies the ruins of North America. What remains of North America is called Panem, home to the Capitol and all it's 12 districts. Dating back to the Dark Days where the Rebels tried to take over, the Capitol "maintains" control over the districts by forcing their districts to choose 1 boy and 1 girl to participate in the Capitol's Annual Hunger Games. The hunger games is a televised arena death match that airs live on TV. There can only be 1 victor in the Hunger Games.

Jun 26, 2013

a girl name katniss everdeen goes to the hunger game,and survives

aaa5756 Nov 26, 2012

Definitely a Chick Flink!!!!! For adolescent girl 15 and under!!!

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