“Happy Hunger Games”.

With the final chapter of ‘The Hunger Games’ in theatres now, I thought it was reasonable to go back to where it all started with the first film in the popular movie series.

At first, I didn’t even know what ‘The Hunger Games’ were or what was it all about. A game or competition of eating food? The first trailer gave nothing about what the film is about, clouded in mystery, as it featured a girl that could shoot an arrow. My next guess, is this the live-action version of Pixar’s upcoming film, at the time, of ‘Brave’? But, my friends took me to see the film, and fell in love with the world, the characters and the story, as it was something I never saw before. And here I thought this was the next ‘Twilight’, with the exception of hinting a love triangle, it was nothing like ‘Twilight’.

There are 12 districts, and every year, kids between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected at the Reaping, one boy, one girl, and must compete in the Hunger Games, battling it out with other districts, 24 players, but only 1 victor must emerge the deadly games as champion.

The film’s world is built perfectly, allowing all the districts to compete in the annual games, as the districts are poor, unlike the Capitol, where people with money are living in luxury. The film showcases some real world themes, such as the manipulation and the control of media, the set-up of reality television and how far will humanity go for entertainment and power. ‘The Hunger Games’ showcases it all, and reflects perfectly in the world we live in, today.

The acting performances are great, with each role perfectly cast, with praises towards Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks being the strongest out of a very talent ensemble cast.

There are a few faults, such as the overuse of shaky cam, but the film’s story, message, themes and acting performances shine above, providing a powerful and entertaining first chapter in a brilliant franchise.

‘The Hunger Games’ hits the target.