Gary Ross brings this intense adaptation of Suzanne Collins bestselling novel to the screen. Young adolescents that have read the novels will be thrilled to see this excellent film. However, there is a difference between reading content and seeing it on camera. The plot of this film involves 24 children between the ages of 12-18 to battle in an arena until one child remains.
There is some thought-provoking themes throughout the film, involving death, loss of family members, totalitarian government and poverty. In Australia, the film warns viewers of 'Mature themes and violence'.
The main issue in the film is violence. At the start of the battle, 24 tributes are launched up into an arena, where they use various weapons to kill one another. There is some blood splattered onto the ground, but the blood is only seen for approximately 2 seconds. The tributes die from spears, arrows, knifes, deadly insect bites, genetically modified monsters and poisonous berries. Several of the deaths in the film are not seen on camera, or implied. Some characters have there necks snapped or broken. There is a short flashback to a previous battle.
There is some very mild coarse language, but there is nothing to be concerned about. There are approximately 2 uses each of 'damn' and 'hell'. 'God' is uses several times throughout the film as well.
There is some mild drug usage, but there is nothing to be concerned about. For half of the film, Haymitch is often drunk, he has a drink in his hands frequently. Gradually, Haymitch becomes more focus and less drunk, and a trustworthy companion. Several dinner scenes involve adults and teens drinking a brightly coloured beverage/cocktail.
There is some very mild sex in the film, but there is nothing to be concerned about. Katniss and Peeta share several kisses during the climax of the film. Peeta also reveals that he has had a crush on Katniss for a long time. Two teens (boy and girl) are seen cuddling together in sleep, fully clothed, this scene is very un-noticeable on you might miss it.
Overall, if you're children are wanting to see this film, then remember that this film is not suitable for children under the age of 12. So, if you're child is under 12, I would not recommend admitting them to see the film.
This film was classified M (12+), it contains Mature themes and violence.