Trailer Watch: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was a pleasant surprise for me. In retrospect, I should have read it earlier as the people who were recommending it were by no means devout followers of Twilight. However, I was wary of a similar story of forbidden love and annoying dialogue. I kick myself for this now.

The novels follow Katniss Everdeen, a contestant from District 12 who volunteers to fight in the yearly Hunger Games, a battle to the death amongst young people in penance for an earlier, failed revolution. The books are well written with Katniss the polar opposite of Twilight‘s Bella, in that she is strong, capable and own woman.

I was initially a bit worried about the films. Of course there is a desire to recreate the popularity of Twilight, so would director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) sacrifice any of the novels’ storytelling to focus on the romance? Judging from this full trailer (which amusingly debuted on Good Morning America), we have nothing to worry about.

I’m a little disappointed we get only a brief look at Woody Harrelson, as his character is one of my favorites, but the cast looks dead on. Lenny Kravitz was my biggest worry, but the moment he and Jennifer Lawrence share has quashed that. Overall, I think we’re looking at a faithful adaptation that will please fans and newcomers alike.

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 stars Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland and a host of others and opens on March 23, 2012.

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 11:27 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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