It has been difficult to escape The Hunger Games over the last couple of months. As buzz for the film has steadily grown, discussion has often turned to whether or not the films could fill the void soon to be left by the conclusion of the Twilight series. With the release of the film on Friday, anyone expecting a cloying romance along the lines of Twilight, is going to be surprised as The Hunger Games is tense, exciting film-making that packs a real emotional punch.
Set during an unspecified future date in what was once North America but now known as Panem, The Hunger Games are an annual event where each of the twelve districts of Panem provide one teenage boy and girl to participate in a nationally televised contest. The contest involves twenty four contestants fighting in a constructed woodland environment until the last one is left standing, ie, twenty three of them will cease to be living.
When, on her first time in the draft, 12 year-old Primrose Everdeen is selected to enter the Games, her elder sister Katniss selflessly volunteers to take her place. After a lengthy period of grooming, combat training, and television appearances, Katniss enters the arena with the twenty three other contestants, with only her survival instinct to rely on to keep her alive.