Review: The Hunger Games (2012)

I have finally kept my promise, got around to reading the book so here’s the much awaited (hopefully?) review.

Based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games story is set in a dystopian future in the nation of Panem, which consists of the Capitol and the 12 surrounding districts. As a punishment for the past rebellion against the government and a way of keeping people in line, every year the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to be a part of the Hunger Games: a televised event in which the boys and girls have to fight to death and there can only be one winner or victor.

The heroine, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen offers herself as tribute when her sister is picked to be part of the Games. If you read the book then you understand why Katniss does this, because she loves her sister more than anything else or in her own words “the only person in the world I’m certain I love”.

The choice to play Katniss was Jennifer Lawrence, starring now in her second film adaptation after Winter’s Bone. If you haven’t read the book yet maybe you won’t be so quick and willing to praise her talents and performance, but if you have then you’ll understand why I am.  She exudes the exact confidence, harshness and power Katniss has on paper. She also plays it perfectly during the reaping scene, showing utter desperation as her sister’s name is called out, confusion as her sudden decision sinks in and ultimately fear of knowing what’s next.  Continue reading

Review: Gone (2012)

After returning home from work and noticing her sister has disappeared, Jill (Amanda Seyfried) is convinced that the same man who kidnapped her two years ago has taken her sister Molly aswell. The only problem is that the police don’t believe her story, thinking she made it up in the first place and so she sets to find her sister on her own.

Truly the only thing that saves this movie from being a complete disaster is Amanda Seyfried’s performance. She’s a talented actress and gives her character and this movie some believability. She plays it so that you’re never really sure if her character is indeed crazy and made everything up or there IS a criminal on the loose.

It’s nothing new; it’s doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat, there isn’t any character development, the dialogue is boring, the whole story is too fast paced and the ending is a let down and confusing. Continue reading