The Hunger Games
- PG-13 (for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens)
- Running time:
- 142 minutes
Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she's pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. 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.
- Release date:
- March 23, 2012
- Quick review:
- Jennifer Lawrence stars as the bow-and-arrow-toting, brow-furrowed heroine of Suzanne Collins’ young-adult novel about a dystopian society’s televised spectacle, in which 12 boys and 12 girls battle to the death, until just one remains. The big-budget, tonally odd adaptation opts for a Vegas-meets-"Wizard of Oz" production design, as Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen and the other "tributes" prep for their lethal showdown amidst the extravagant glitz of the Capitol. And then they go into the woods, and start the killing.