Feast and famine in the Hunger Games
Survivor. Big Brother. The Amazing Race. There's only so much action we can expect from these and the smorgasbord of other reality TV shows. And so, as was the case in 2011's Real Steel, society of the future has taken the concept one step further. Introducing the Hunger Games, an annual contest in which 24 boys and girls fight to the death until only one is left. A question more pertinent than asking who will survive is asking if you the viewer can survive long enough to find out.
There's been so much hype about this movie that I was expecting a lot more. Yes, it's all beautifully made, full of amazing sets and quirky costumes that certainly are a feast for your eyes. Sadly, the rest of it (with the obvious exception of 21-year-old Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence in the lead) is pretty much famine.
Make the end come sooner
What starts as a delicious allegory about good, evil, the haves and the have-nots, soon becomes an overstuffed blockbuster, choking on unsurprising twists and turns. And by the time the movie approaches the two-hour mark, the cinema went from being hushed in suspense to writhing in the hopes that doing so would make the end come sooner.
Of course, none of this will stop the subsequent movies in the trilogy from being made and breaking box office records around the world. I just hope they won't be as emotionally or intellectually starved.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Running Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes
Age Restriction: 13 (boys and girls gone wild)
About Eugene Yiga
Eugene Yiga is a reformed accountant, now enjoying his time as a lifestyle and entertainment writer (and Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards board member) based in Cape Town, South Africa. He also writes about personal development and is on a quest to read the 100 greatest books of all time before he turns 30. You can contact Eugene by following @eugeneyiga on Twitter or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to say, um, hello.