She races to Peeta, who has unwittingly collected deadly nightlock berries. The Hunger Games received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its themes and messages, as well as Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss; some criticism was levelled at the film's reliance on shaky cam, especially in the action sequences, and its similarities to other works. 3 years ago | 74.1K views. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence embodies Katniss, "just as one might imagine her from the novel". Summary: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil 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. Puffy the Dog [177] The Hunger Games: Catching Fire began production in the summer of 2012. The film also achieved the sixteenth-highest opening-day and nineteenth-highest single-day grosses of all time. | Gross: $408.01M, PG-13 [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. In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. 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. [141] For her part, author Collins cites the myth of Theseus, reality television and coverage of the Iraq War as her inspiration. PG-13 [38] Ross described Lawrence as having "an incredible amount of self-assuredness, you got the sense that this girl knew exactly who she was. In his review for The Washington Times, Peter Suderman expressed that "[m]aybe it's a liberal story about inequality and the class divide. Library. [4] It made the largest worldwide opening weekend for a film not released during the summer or the holiday period, earning $211.8 million, which was just ahead of Alice in Wonderland's previous record ($210.1 million). Directed by Francis Lawrence. Log in. [47], With an initial budget of $75 million,[50] principal photography began near Brevard in Transylvania County in Western North Carolina in May 2011[51] and concluded on September 15, 2011, with a final budget reported as between $90 and $100 million, reduced to $78 million after subsidies. "[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". [63] It reached number one on the iTunes overall charts in 12 hours. "[71][72] He further added that "it's not a pop song or anything. 843,495 The Hunger Games Movies. With her district's male tribute, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol to train and compete in the games. Katniss destroys the supplies the Careers stockpiled by detonating mines guarding them, while Rue provides a distraction. But I try not to think about stuff like that. Collins collaborated with Ray and Ross to write the screenplay. "[85] The film received some criticism for its shaky camera style, but it was said to "add to the film in certain ways". 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. $337.14M, PG-13 [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. Very different, even weird, yet exciting and engaging. 2015: Dylan O'Brien vs. Will Poulter The site's consensus states, "Thrilling and superbly acted, The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious scope of its source novel." [100] Its opening weekend gross was the third highest of 2012 behind The Avengers ($207.4 million) and The Dark Knight Rises ($160.8 million) as well as the largest for any film released outside the summer season and the eighth-largest overall. [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. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. CDN$13.99. "And there's an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. Ross explained, "In the book, Katniss speculates about the game-makers' manipulations... in the film, we can't get inside Katniss's head, but we do have the ability to cut away and actually show the machinations of the Capitol behind the scenes. "[163] The uncut version was ultimately released on Blu-ray in the UK with a 15 certificate. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. It is one of just 16 soundtracks to grace the top slot in the history of the Top 200 and the first since Michael Jackson's This Is It to debut at #1. 123 min Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. [87] Also writing in Time, psychologist Christopher J. Ferguson argued that parents' fears of the effect of the film's violent content on their children were unnecessary, and that children are capable of viewing violent content without being psychologically harmed. Paperback. Despite a largely positive review, he criticized the film for being too long and noted that the film misses opportunities for social criticism. [4] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 18, 2012. It is the first installment in The Hunger Games film series and was produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with a screenplay by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray. "[159] Since none of Lawrence's male co-stars have come under the same scrutiny, Anderson concludes complaints about Lawrence's weight are inherently sexist. Haymitch persuades Crane to change the rules to allow two winners provided they are from the same district, suggesting that this will pacify the public. I thought it was totally important. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Based on the best-selling book by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is a futuristic parable that references and invokes modern struggles, raising questions of government abuse and cultural clashes. 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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. "[71][72] Arcade Fire's Panem national anthem has received strong reviews. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 68 out of 100 score, based on reviews from 49 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Despite the violence (which is, overall, less graphic than the novel's … Liam Hemsworth, Historically, among the "top 200 worldwide box-office hits ever ($350 million and up), not one has been built around a female action star". [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. The Hunger Games received mostly positive reviews from critics. [55] Most outdoor scenes, both from the arena and from the outskirts of District 12, were filmed in DuPont State Forest; the Little River, with its multiple waterfalls, provided several locations for shooting the river running through the arena. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty. She isn't passive, she isn't weak, and she isn't some random girl. Jennifer Lawrence, Haymitch stresses the importance of gaining sponsors, as they can provide potentially life-saving gifts during the Games. Based on the best-selling books by Suzanne Collins, THE HUNGER GAMES is the first film in the franchise. [65] The soundtrack track list was revealed on iTunes on February 13, 2012, and on the 14th "One Engine" was released as the second single. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 remained in first place with $67.0 million in 86 markets for a two-week total of $254.6 million. 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[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. Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. | News & interviews for The Hunger Games On DVD This Week: Mockingjay Part 2 , Daddy’s Home , Turn , and The Letters Box Office: Star Wars #1 This Weekend, #2 All-time Thresh, District 11's male tribute, overhears and kills Clove. [162], The film has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in the UK for "intense threat, moderate violence and occasional gory moments". Catching Fire: The Second Book of The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition Suzanne Collins. $424.67M, PG-13 The Maze Runner Series. [43] In April 2011, John C. Reilly was in talks with Lionsgate to portray Haymitch Abernathy. 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. "[79] Rafer Guzman of Newsday referred to The Hunger Games as being "darker than 'Harry Potter,' more sophisticated than 'Twilight'. The group composed the fascistic-inspired Panem national anthem, entitled "Horn of Plenty", an important and signature leitmotif appearing throughout the film. It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. [3][188], 1996: Adam Sandler vs. Bob Barker She's active, she's strong and she's the girl who motivates the story. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Hunger Games. [159] MTV asked for responses from audiences on the controversy and reported that most found criticism of Lawrence's weight "misguided". [174] The entire Hunger Games series was released on 4K UHD Blu-Ray on November 8, 2016.[175]. [109] The largest opening weekends were recorded in China ($9.6 million),[108] Australia ($9.48 million), and the UK, Ireland and Malta ($7.78 million). [114] Finally, according to Fandango it broke the site's single-day sales record (March 23), the mobile sales record for a weekend ( March 23–25, 2012) and the site's highest share of a film's opening weekend (Fandango sold 22% of the film's opening weekend tickets). [69] The score album was released on March 26, 2012. She runs into the Careers, with whom Peeta has seemingly allied, and flees up a tree. Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final battle that will decide the fate of Panem. [108] On its first weekend ( March 23–25, 2012), the film topped the box office outside North America with $59.25 million from 67 markets, finishing at first place in most of them. [89], In North America, The Hunger Games is the 22nd-highest-grossing film, the highest-grossing film released outside the summer or holiday period,[90] and the highest-grossing film distributed by Lionsgate. With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci. Peeta directs Katniss to shoot Cato's hand, enabling Peeta to throw him to the beasts below. [124][125] Jeffrey Weiss of Real Clear Religion, published in the Star Tribune has remarked on what he saw as the intentional absence of religion in The Hunger Games universe, and has commented that while the stories contain no actual religion, people are "find[ing] aspects that represent their own religious values" within it. Directed by Gary Ross. Votes: [43] Other actors considered for the role of Gale included David Henrie, Drew Roy, and Robbie Amell. KimRandy1178. Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week. "[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. [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. During a televised interview with Caesar Flickerman, Peeta expresses his love for Katniss, which she initially sees as an attempt to attract sponsors; she later learns his admission is genuine. Francis Lawrence Director: Maybe it's a bloody satire of reality television", but concludes the film only proposes these theories and brings none of them to a reasonable conclusion. 2012: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig Divergent Veronica Roth. The Hunger Games (2012) PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. [101] The film held the March and spring opening weekend records for four years until they were broken by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's like the Capitol's idea of itself, basically. Multiple-Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland was cast as President Coriolanus Snow in late May 2011. [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. 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