Filmophile: The Hunger Games

Disclaimer Warning: Spoilers ahead.

The first thing that crossed my mind when the credits started rolling:

Must. Read. Book.

It’s 24 teenagers brutally fighting each other in a battle of wits, physical agility and luck to the death for the sake of their own lives.

I personally felt sucked into the movie from the beginning. The suspense was crazy! You could cut the tension in the cinema air with a knife.

The film did remind me alot of In Time:

1) A dysotopic world where the anti-government rebels are oppressed.

2) Poor are constantly fleeing for their life while the rich plunder and watch them scuttle.

3) Time, or rather a lack of it, is the unmoving suspense factor.

4) There is one unlikely beacon of hope that manages to override the system against all the odds.

There are a lot of good things about this movie. The filming, editing, dialogue, acting, design and even costume and make-up was very well done although I do feel sorry for whoever got picked as the cast of the pompous retards of Capitol. However I must commend kudos to the marketing team. Months before its release I kept seeing the flaming mockingjay everywhere on Tumblr and trending on Twitter.

Soon after I heard the soundtrack sung by Taylor Swift which got me piqued even more. The closer it got to opening day the more I heard whispers of the words “Hunger Games”. I don’t know how they did it, but they managed to penetrate every form of social networking site in a matter of months so much so it was impossible to ignore.

In the end, even though I had no idea what the movie was about, curiosity alone got me to seat G9, Cinema 5, GSC Sunway Pyramid. It’s no wonder they reached the highest grossed opening-weekend debut of any non-sequel film in history.

What I didn’t like about the film:

It was a gory bloodbath of kids killing kids. Plus my favourite character dies.

What I liked about the movie:

His beard. Oh, his beard.

I love the concept. It’s sick. It’s twisted, true. Yet, for me, I chose to watch because there was something even in the chaos of a community that could very well be ours in the future to want to see how such a world could operate.

SUMIE RATING:

♦♦♦♦◊

Why not 5 stars? It’s still a little creepy to force 24 kids to fight to the death on an annual basis.

I read a few reviews regarding the film. See, at first glance, many judge this film as ethically/politically/mentally/ morally/humanitarian-ically incorrect. Which sicko enjoys teenagers killing teenagers? I admit I felt a portion of revulsion when I saw a boy beat his competitor to death with a brick.

But what a lot of people don’t know is quite a similar story had taken place in our history.

In 73 A.D., 15,000 Roman troops had cornered the Jewish Zealots in the Masada fortress intending to strike at dawn. Rather than allow themselves the humiliation of being captured as prisoners to the Romans, the Zealots drew lots and chose 10 men to slay the rest. Then the remaining 10 drew lots on who should kill the other 9. The last standing one set fire to everything else and proceeded to commit suicide. The following morning when the Romans walked in, they only found a quietly burning fire and 1,000 dead bodies. Only a handful of people survived the mass suicide to tell the story.

“When the Romans saw the mass of slain, they were unable to take pleasure in the sight, even though the people were their enemies.”

Flavius Josephus

One a side note: I’ve got mail!

Her drawings are so cute

Congrats to the happy couple

*throws confetti in the air*

She must be the only friend alive I have who still loves sending snail mail. It’s true that with technology the very form of communication is faster, but there’s just something about getting a letter in the mail that gives me that warm tingly feeling.

Thinking of: Monica’s Take Him Back, Rachel McAdams in The Vow, cabbage and dried prawns, the day I can finally tango, Javier’s Crazy, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, how we sit next to each other but email more than talk.

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