Coming in strong with its weekend premiere was “The Hunger Games,” bringing in a whopping 152.5 million and breaking the record for biggest non-sequel opening weekend ever. This surpasses Twilight’s New Moon as the top grossing film of all time from Liongate entertainment.
Similar to the Twilight saga, Hunger Games is also the film adaption of a novel. It is the first of a three-part saga by Suzanne Collins. Judging by how “The Hunger Games” has done so far at the box office, the next two movies are sure to rake in big money and break even more records.
The movie takes place in a nation called Panem, which was made from a post-apocalyptic North America. Panem consists of one wealthy Capitol and twelve poorer surrounding districts. The idea of the “Hunger Games” is that one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected in an annual lottery to participate in the event, where the participants fight in an arena controlled by the Capitol until only one remains alive. To top this off, it all happens on live television! Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), from District 12, volunteers to take her sister’s place in the games as one of the participants. Now she must rely on her sharp instincts to survive, against skilled Tributes who have prepared for the event almost all of their lives.
I had a chance to see the movie this past weekend and was very surprised by how good it turned out to be. I had low expectations going into the movie, but still felt the need to see it anyway just because of how much popularity it was garnering; I ended up leaving pleasantly surprised.
Several themes come into play during the movie like survival against humanity and life against love. The idea of the movie is something new and fresh, it is a relief from how copycat Hollywood movies have gotten these days. I would definitely recommend seeing it to anyone interested by the story, or anyone who has read the books.
The movie has been praised as being well-directed and well-acted by Richard Roeper, instantly watchable by the New York Times and received 3 stars out of 4 by USA Today. Give it a chance this weekend and see for yourself.