The Hunger Games: Cute Girl Gets the Right Guy After Killing Off His CompetitionLionsgate. It was perhaps the most eagerly awaited science fiction film without the words "Stars Wars" in the title in many years. Based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins, "The Hunger Games" (2012), directed by Gary Ross from a screenplay by Ross, Collins and Billy Ray, takes a common theme of fiction - people hunting each other - and projects it into the future as a way to create artificial drama. A massive box-office hit, "The Hunger Games" will generate a sequel set for release on November 22, 2013, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and sequels on November 21, 2014 ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1") and November 20, 2015 ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2"). Well, at least they didn't put "Saga" in the sequels' titles. "The Hunger Games" continues the recent trend of capitalizing on a film's success quickly by cranking out a sequence of sequels within a short span, a practice perfected by Summit Entertainment with the five "Twilight" movies. That way, the same actors can be used before they outgrow their characters (Jennifer Lawrence is 20 and not getting any younger) or get more expensive. "Hunger Games," like "Twilight," is the modern version of the movie serials of the 1930s, a "Flash Gordon" for the 2000s, only so far, it is far more successful.
|Katniss and Peeta making eyes at each other|
|The Capitol building looks more than a little like a Fuhrer rally|
|Be careful, you might put someone's eye out with that thing|
|Cato, the heavy because he is not self-sacrificing|
|Katniss and Peeta in their gaudy combat suits|
|Katniss on the prowl|
|Katniss introduced to the city by Caesar with Katniss doing the typical female frown that is so popular|
|For some reason, people are upset when Rue dies, but not when the other 21 people bite it|
|President Snow and Seneca, the one with the crazy whiskers|
|It's all movie magic|
Below is the official trailer of "The Hunger Games."