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The Hunger Games

Release Date: March 23rd, 2012

DVD Release Date: August 18th, 2012

PG-13 |2 hr 22 min

Plot Summary

In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland

Director: Gary Ross

Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

Production Co: Color Force

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Dark, Underdog, Emotional, Survival, Love, Sister, Sacrifice, Death, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 85
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    There's action here, too, and a great deal of vitality that feels true both to the spirit of Collins' book and to the idea of movie entertainment as it exists. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    As she did in her breakthrough film Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence anchors this futuristic and politicized elaboration of The Most Dangerous Game with impressive gravity and presence, while director Gary Ross gets enough of what matters in the book up on the screen to satisfy its legions of fans worldwide. show more

  • 75
    Bob MondelloNPR

    The Hunger Games' pacing is brisk, its stakes as high as stakes get, and its leading lady engaging enough that the odds - at the box office at least - will be ever in its favor. show more

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