I was very excited to learn that I’d been invited to the premiere screening of The Hunger Games thanks to Roadshow Films.
It was a rainy Tuesday night in Sydney and I heard about all the hype surrounding the release of the ‘new Twilight’. I was intrigued more than anything, I’ve never really been into books that have been turned into films. For example, I’m ashamed to say that I have never read a Harry Potter book or glanced sideways at Lord of the Rings or Twilight (this isn’t to say however that I don’t like to read – I do love to get stuck into in a good book!)
So I took along my partner and we took our place in the VMAX screen at the Event Cinema at George Street. Now unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, I’m sure you’ll have heard something about the film: ‘Hunger Games’.
If not, here’s a little synopsis for you:
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. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 26 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.
The film by all accounts (all 214 minutes) was a great film. I was riveted from the beginning and was bought into the characters, specifically Katniss played by the stunning Jennifer Lawrence. (Film fact for you: Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games hair cost $30,000)
Our very own Liam Hemsworth (aka Mr Cyrus) makes an appearance (albeit fleeting in the film) however I have a hunch that he’ll be back playing a more prominent role in the sequel!
I love the action of the film, in some parts however it is ruined by the love story – this ca be a but cheesy at times. Hunger Games provide the perfect two hours of escapism and I urge you to watch for yourselves!
Showing times can be found here
Here’s the trailer for you: