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The Hunger Games 2012 full movie portrays a future that we’re invited to read as a parable for the present
Like many sci-fi tales, The Hunger Games movie depicts a future that we’re invited to read as a parable for the present. After the existing nations of North America are destroyed by catastrophe, a civilization named Panem rises from the ruins. It’s ruled by a huge, wealthy Capitol inspired by the covers of many sci-fi magazines and encircled by 12 “districts” that are powerless satellites.
1. The Hunger Games full movie is starting
As the story kicks off, the annual ritual of The Hunger Games is starting; each district must supply a “tribute” of a young girl and boy, and these 24 finalists must fight to the death in a forested “arena” where hidden cameras capture each and every single move.
This results in a television production that apparently holds the nation spellbound and keeps the citizens content. Mrs. Link, my high school Latin teacher, will feel proud that I remember one of her daily quote, “panem et circenses,” which explained the Roman formula for creating a docile population: Give them bread and circuses. A vision of present-day America is summoned up, its citizenry glutted with fast food and distracted by reality TV. How is the population expected to accept the bloody sacrifice of 24 young lives each year? How many have fallen in our recent wars?
The story centers on the two tributes from the dirt-poor District 12: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Our heroine hunts deer with bow and arrow to feed her starving family; he may be hunkier but appears no match in survival skills. They’re both clean-cut, All-Panem types, and although one or both are eventually required to be dead, romance is a possibility.
On contrary to these healthy young people, the ruling class in the Capitol is effete decadents. Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), bedecked in eccentric costumery and laden with garish cosmetics, leads the annual drawing for tributes, and the world gets to know the finalists on a TV talk show hosted by Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), who implies what Donald Trump might do with his hair if he had enough of it.
2. The Hunger Games 2012 full movie similar to many parables
The executive in charge is the gamemaker, Seneca (Wes Bentley), who has a beard so bizarrely designed that Satan would be envious. At the top of the society finds the president Snow (Donald Sutherland), a sagacious graybeard who carries deep dark thoughts. In interviews, Sutherland has equated the younger generation with leftists and Occupiers. The old folks in the Capitol are no doubt a right-wing oligarchy. My conservative friends, however, equate the young with the Tea Party and the old with decadent Elitists. The Hunger Games similar to many parables, will show you exactly what you look for in it.
The scenes set in the Capitol and dealing with its peculiar characters have a completely different tone than the scenes of conflict in the Arena. The ruling class is painted in broad satire and bright colors. Katniss and the other tributes are seen in earth-toned realism; this character could be another manifestation, indeed, of Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-nominated character Ree in “Winter’s Bone.” The plot even explains why she’s good at bow and arrow.
However, one thing I overlooked was more self-awareness on the part of the tributes. As their names are being drawn from a fish bowl (!) at the Reaping, the reactions of the chosen seem rather subdued, considering the odds are 23-to-1 that they’ll end up dead. Katniss volunteers to take the place of her beloved younger sister, Primose (Willow Shields), but no one explicitly discusses the fairness of lethal combat between girl children and 18-year-old men. Apparently the jaded TV audiences of Panem have developed an appetite for barbarity. Nor do Katniss and Peeta reveal much thoughtfulness about their own peculiar position.
3. The Hunger Games full movie 2012 is a great entertainment
The Hunger Games full movie is a great entertainment, and J-Law is strong and convincing in the lead role. But the picture leapfrogs obvious questions in its way, and avoids the chances sci-fi provides for social criticism; compare its world with the dystopias in “Gattaca” or The Truman Show. Director Gary Ross alongside his writers (including the franchise’s author, Suzanne Collins) clearly think their viewers wants to see tons of hunting-and-survival sequences, and has no interest in people talking about how a cruel class system is using them. Well, maybe they’re right. But I found the movie too long and deliberate as it negotiated the outskirts of its moral issues.