“They don’t own me. If I’m going to die, I want to still be me.”
Tonight our eyes were witness to The Hunger Games for the first time, and yet, it was as if we had been here before. A parody of present day, this movie was like looking into a mirror of the world – and seeing ‘ugly’ in its true form. And yet on the other side of that mirror, was hope and the compassionate will to keep what little good that existed – alive.
Set in a futuristic North America – in a landscape littered with the ruins of a rebellious war brought to an end with the rise of “The Capitol,” The Hunger Games eerily resembles many of today’s reality TV shows (though to a greater extreme), as well as the polarizing disparity between countries and those who have – and those who have not. The remaining insurgents in the outlying regions of this new version of North America are divided into twelve camps – each with the purpose of serving The Capitol. The Capitol has everything – food and riches in abundance, while the camps fight over food portions. To give them food and freedom is to give them strength – and to keep the chance of a future revolt at bay, each district must send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games – a televised event where only one will survive.
We loved the addition of a new heroine for 2012 with Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence. She brings to the screen a tough, but big hearted character – serving as a smart contrast to the many Hollywood women-roles, who if tough, are often also portrayed as less than caring.
We’re also reading the trilogy. Once you’ve watched the movie or read the books, feel free to tell us your opinion. Do you see the same ‘ugly’ we spotted – resemblances to present day – and if so, what are your thoughts? Conversely, do you also see the hope and goodness and reason for continued compassion? Leave your comments below – or message us on Facebook or Twitter.