UK Cinema Release: 23rd March 2012

Okay, so I will admit I haven’t read the novels which the film is based on and I have no intention to, but the trailer makes The Hunger Games seem like a film I might be interested in.

The plot, what I can tell from the trailer, seems pretty basic. We have our hero, or heroine in this case: Katniss, played by the beautiful and talented Jennifer Lawrence. She is seemingly forced to run from her home and then forced to fight in these famous ‘Hunger Games’ as a representative of her district. Catch is, only one of the 24 competitors is allowed to survive. We’ve all seen similar stories before so we can guess the ending already. Katniss survives perhaps? But it is how she does it and what happens to her friends that will keep the audience interested.

The action scenes from the trailer don’t look too intriguing and the supporting cast don’t really seem to impress me either, albeit this is only a trailer, I imagine and hope that stronger performances are given in the actual film. But it will be interesting to see Jennifer Lawrence headlining a mainstream cinema release. She first came to mainstream attention as Mystique in X-Men First Class last year, despite being nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Winter’s Bone.

I look forward to seeing the movie and hopefully being entertained as it seems like a bit of a popcorn flick rather than a ‘thinker’.