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May the odds be ever in your favour, as the famous series ‘The Hunger Games’, written by award winning author, Suzanne Collins is brought to life.
It’s clear that Gary Ross (director) shoots to aim high when creating suspense throughout the film, which is achieved by a combination of his professional directing skills, as well as the phenomenal cast performances.
The Annual Hunger Games is a televised event throughout the nation of Panem, purely aimed at the 12 districts as an act of punishment for once rebelling against the Capitol – home of the government and wealth. Each year, two young representatives from each district are randomly selected to take part, where they are forced into a matter of life or death, eliminating each other until there is only one person that remains alive.
Hunter, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) bravely volunteers as a tribute, saving her elected sister. Joined along side her, is Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) the Bakers son, who secretly has had long term feelings for Katniss.
Unlike the books, the developing relationship between these two characters is not what makes the film a success, in fact, for a second, we almost forget that there is a love story at all. Instead, it’s Lawrence’s strong female protagonist performance which won me over. From her facial expressions, to the way she holds herself throughout the film, Lawrence is the key success to The Hunger Games and fans will certainly not be disappointed.