Of upcoming movies this is the one I am most looking forward to – The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games is the NY Times best selling opening novel of a trilogy by writer Suzanne Collins. The story follows sixteen year-old Katniss Everdeen in a post-apocalytic world where a central government rules the outlying districts with a cruel firm hand.
Katniss is a strong young girl who dreams of being free in a world where freedom barely exists for the animals much less the citizens of District 12, the place where young Katniss lives and her father died.
The Hunger Games is an annual event where each of 12 districts sends one boy and one girl, ages 12 – 18, to compete in a televised battle where there can be only one winner. Twenty-four go in – one comes out. The selection of the competitors is by raffle in a big ceremony in the district center. When Primerose Everdeen, Kat’s 12 year-old sister is selected, Kat volunteers to represent the district effectively saving her sister from sure death.
What follows is a rapid fire sequence that carries Katniss and her counterpart from District 12, Peeta Mellark, a baker’s son she knows from school from the Appalachian mountains where she’s lived her whole life to the glitz and glamour of The Capital (Formerly Denver) to prepare for the games.
Her mentor in the process is Haymitch Abernathy, victor of the 50th Hunger Games 24 years in the past. The question is can Abernathy stop drinking long enough to be of much good to Katniss and Peeta?
As the game preparations begin she quickly learns of the disadvantages she will face against the older, stronger competitors from the other districts who have prepared for the tribute role all their lives. Katniss has one thing they do not. A reason to live and two men who love her, one of which she may have to kill to survive.
Josh Hutcherson takes on the Peeta Mellark role. Hutcherson is another standout young performer with critical performances in Bridge to Terabithia, Journey to the Center of the Earth, RV,and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant.
Other cast members include Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland as the ruthless President Snow, and Lenny Kravitz as stylist Cinna, the fashion mastermind behind transforming young Katniss for a glamorous introduction.
I’ve read the trilogy and anticipate the whole series endingup on the big screen before it’s all said and done. Move over Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen has arrived.
Hunger Games opens in theaters everywhere in March 23.