Adapted from the young adult book of the same name and starring Jennifer Lawrence, (Winter’s Bone), Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson The Hunger games tells the following story:
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part 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.
Forgiving for a minute that this looks like an unapologetic mash-up of Stephen King’s The Running Man and Battle Royale for the understudy cast members of Twilight, how can the trailer be so boring? There is literally no action on display here, for a film set in the post-apocalyptic future about a sick and twisted event that throws people into perilous battles and survival situations. Nothing, nada, not even the construction of a camp fire or a shelter made out of doc leaves.