Katniss’s younger sister, Primrose, has entered her name for the first time, now that she is of age and has had non-stop nightmares of being chosen. As luck would have it, Primrose is chosen, but before she makes it to the stage, Katniss comes forward and volunteers herself in order to save her sister. We follow Kat and her fellow team mate, Peeta Mallark (Josh Hutcherson), through the preparations of entering the arena and accepting that they most likely will not make it out alive. Some see this as a sign of bravery and others see it as the true tragedy that it has always been.
Many fans of the book series said they enjoyed the action and the fact that the film stuck so close to the book. Of course, the fans of the series will always tell you that the novel Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is always better. Many fans did not fail to state that there were pieces of the book that were left out, but the added scenes not from the book found a way to fill in the gaps. The action scenes during the games were amazing, as they kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what new destructive device will pop-up. However, it is not suggested that younger kids see this film due to some of the graphic depictions of death.
The all star cast included Lenny Kravitz as the only inner city dweller that Kat may be able to trust, Woody Harrelson as the alcoholic former champion of District 4, who coaches Kat and Peeta, Stanley Tucci, who plays the broadcasting host, and Donald Sutherland as President Snow. The movie leaves you wondering what will happen after this year’s Hunger Games champion returns home. Overall, the film did great according to both critics and fans. The film also did great in the box office, with an opening weekend that had some individuals returning for second and third viewings.