If one is into reality shows like Big Brother, X-Factor, Survivor Series, Amazing Race and more—The Hunger Games is a welcome treat. Indeed the film is engaging because it allows the moviegoers to feel what it is to be in such a competition. There has been a film with the same premise—the 2007 American action movie titled The Condemned, which was written and directed by Scott Wiper, and it starred Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones, Robert Mammone, Madeleine West and Rick Hoffman.
In The Condemned, it centers on ten convicts who were forced to pit against each other till death as part of an illegal reality game broadcasted to the viewing public, but in latest flick The Hunger Games—it is different as it is a legal and annual event in which a boy and a girl of age 12 to 18, picked from a lottery, from the 12 districts surrounding the highly advanced metropolis that holds absolute power of the entire nation—The Capitol. In total there will be 24 tributes competing on a televised battle and still one will be declared victor—killing the rest 23 others.
Contrary to the film The Condemned, The Hunger Games’ participants are skilled youngsters or at least they all have their unique expertise since it is their only way to survive and win the title.
The female lead Katniss Everdeen is portrayed by the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence. She volunteered to take the place of her sister Primrose to compete in the latest yearly much-awaited spectacular event and she was joined by fellow youth from District 12, Peeta Mellark acted out by Josh Hutcherson. What is brilliant about the story is that, the author Suzanne Collins has successfully captured the winning formula of a young adult novel. The American television writer and novelist played the two main leads—Katniss and Peeta as two young individuals that were forced to come and be allies—and submit themselves to becoming the subjects of the hungry audiences for a great story.
Amidst the competition, the two tributes from District 12, already knew how to outwit the rest of their rival district tributes. Both were faced with much death-threatening challenges and got wounded, but still went on for the new-found hope they forged with each other. It was a hope that was already leaning towards love and attraction.
Hutcherson has grown into a handsome actor since his days as Jess Aarons in the 2007 film Bridge to Terabithia. His portrayal as the weak Peeta was truly effective to motivate Katniss to go for the ultimate goal of becoming the sole winner of the said tragic game. Collins was also successful in injecting the kind of move that the popular Romeo and Juliet consummated death—that led the two to defy all rules.
Another reason why the film drew much attention was the inclusion of the hunky Australian actor Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Katniss original love interest. In order to provide a more interesting mix of actors—The Hunger Games also featured Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Dwayne Boyd as Peacekeeper #1 , and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss and Peeta’s trainor. Gary Ross directs the said film on love and survival that brought in $152.5 million on its opening weekend in North America.