“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.