Rating : 6/10
Release Date : 23rd March, 2012
Time : 142 minutes
Director & Co-Writer : Gary Ross; Co-Writers :Billy Ray, Suzanne Collins (based on the novel by Suzanne Collins); Music : T-Bone Burnett, James Newton Howard
Starring : Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Alexander Ludwig, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Brooke Bundy
There have been many movies made about winners take all, losers die kind of competitions. I remember Arnold Schwarznegger in ‘The Running Man’ and even the deliciously dark ’13 Tzameti’
12 districts have to send one male and female contestant, randomly picked, to these games. There is a little bit of pride at stake here, with the district providing the winner cheering etc. But the objective of the games is not to celebrate sport or strength but rather it is a punishment to remind the districts of a failed rebellion.
The freshness of the faces is a huge positive. The eccentric behavior, clothing and mannerisms of the Capitol dwellers vs the humdrum lives of the districts could well be the difference of The Darkness and The Shining India referred to by Aravind Adiga in The White Tiger.
What I didn’t like about it was its predictability. There are twists but none that make you sit up or conceive of different endings. What I liked was its freshness, its way of combining the action with a human story and the questions it raised. Are we, in India or even the BRICS countries, progressing towards something like the Capitol vs Districts ?