The Hunger Games

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Intense adaptation is violent, thought-provoking for teens.

PG-13 2012 142 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 273 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1294 reviews

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age 13+

One of the most important movies...

To start, this movie is one of the best I have ever seen. I LOVE the books, and this is probably one of the best book to movie adaptations I've seen in a long time. But before you go letting your 9 year old watch it, let's go over the story, as well as the pros and cons. 16 year old Katniss Everdeen lives in a dystopian world. The shining Capitol is surrounded by 12 districts. 74 years ago, the districts were defeated in a war against the Capitol, and as punishment for the uprising, they must send a girl and a boy, between the ages of 12 and 18, to participate as tributes in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Katniss regards it as a death sentence when she takes her sister's place in the games. In order to survive, she must choose between her own survival and humanity, life against love. And through it all, what is reality, and what is the game? Positive massages:4/5, Many of the haters of this movie are disturbed at the teens killing teens aspect of the story, but I think that is the point. This movie shows us the horrific violence that ensues when you dehumanize people. The movie also shows what happens when you allow a totalitarian government to take control. In addition, this movie also promotes courage, loyalty, selflessness, and friendship. Positive role models:3/5, Katniss is a resourceful heroin who selflessly volunteers for her beloved sister, Prim. Throughout the whole movie, Katniss is courageous and selfless. Peeta, a fellow tribute, is a loyal friend to Katniss. Violence:3/5, The movie starts off slow. You don't see any blood until Katniss is aboard a train, on her way to the Capitol. In this scene, she is watching a replay from a previous Hunger Games, and it shows a boy bashing another tribute's head with a brick, and you catch a glimpse of the blood-soaked brick, as well as the dead tribute, who is also covered in blood. There is pretty much no more violence until the Games begin, (although there are a couple scenes in the training center that shows tributes throwing knives/spears at dummys.) But once the Games begin, the blood level picks up. By far, the most violent scene is when the Games first start, and the tributes are all killing each other. Blood spurts from open wounds, impact, blood-covered weapons, and in the aftermath, you see dead bodies littered around the space. However, the camera moves so fast during the fighting that you can't see much, just some flashes here and there. A little bit later, there is a scene with fire, and you see some pretty realistic burn wounds on someone's leg. One character is stung to death by mutant wasps, and you catch a prolonged glimpse of her distorted body, (this for me was the most disturbing scene.) There is an explosion some time later, and a tribute breaks another tribute's neck. A spear impales someone's stomach, you see a bloody leg wound, one tribute slams another against a metal object, killing her, and lastly, a last tribute is attacked and killed by mutant dogs. This being said, while the violence is somewhat bloody, it is not gory, it is not prolonged or tortuous, and not all that graphic. Drinking/drugs/smoking:2/5, One character, who is haunted by his violent past is addicted to alcohol, but there is nothing else. Swearing:1/5, A few uses of hell and damn. Sexy stuff:1/5, Peeta admits he had a crush on Katniss since they were kids, the two kiss once. To sum it all up, it is one of my all-time FAVORITES! The story is intriguing and well thought out, the violence is fairly bloody but not overly gory, swearing and sexy stuff are kept to a minimum, and the alcoholic character sobers as the movie goes on. There are great messages and lessons we can learn from this movie. I think it is appropriate for nearly all teens, but it's an iffy choice for anyone under 13 years old.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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Violence 4/5 Sex 0/5 Language 0.5/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 1/5
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