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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

movie review by David Blackwell
142 minutes, Rated PG-13
STUDIO:  Lionsgate/ Color Force/ Larger Than Life Productions/ Ludas Productions
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  3-23-2012

THE HUNGER GAMES is the latest in the adapting popular current books to movies trend.   The movie has performed beyond expectations as it has taken in $155 million in the opening weekend in North America.   You will have the fans of the book crying foul or hating the movie when they cut some stuff out.  Movies and books are different mediums.   Books can be a very internal medium while movies are an audiovisual medium.   THE HUNGER GAMES does faithfully create an exciting adaptation that has its flaws.   Then again book to movie adaptations are never meant to be perfect.  An adaptation is a  new version of the original story.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is living in District 12 with her mother and younger sister Prim.   Ever year, one male and one female between the ages of 12 and 18 are picked from each district at the Reaping and then they are to participate in the Hunger Games where only one out of 24 will survive in this game of death.  Katniss enters multiple times for the Reaping in hopes that she will be selected and not her sister (this is her first year to be entered for the Reaping).   Katniss does all she can do even hunt beyond the electric fence (that doesn't work) to support her family.  On the day of the Reaping, Prim's name is picked and Katniss volunteers as Tribute to spare Prim.  The male (who is picked) is Peeta, the son of a baker.   Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol to be in the Hunger Games.  The Hunger Games is a way of control since they quelled a rebellion decades ago.   Katniss must try to win the Hunger Games, but her actions may start something that is beyond her control.


THE HUNGER GAMES is based on an entertaining and engaging Young Adult novel (the first of a trilogy) written by Suzanne Collins (who co-wrote the screenplay with the movie's director).   THE HUNGER GAMES film does have a good pace, but they do cut out a lot of material.   The beginning leading up to the Reaping is rushed and I wish the story was developed for five to ten minutes more to showcase more of life for Katniss in District 12.   Her friend Gale is barely featured and it underplays the possible love triangle in the film.  If you haven't read the book, would you care for Gale and his feelings for Katniss?   It is like director Gary Ross and the producers wanted to get to the Hunger Games and the training leading up to it quicker.   That part of the film is great, but it is lessened by the music score of James Newton Howard (who was a replacement for Danny Elfman who had to bow out of the project due to a scheduling conflict with another film).   Sometimes the score works and sometimes it shows that Howard isn't my favorite composer in the world.   Part of it can be blamed on where Gary Ross wants to place the music in the film too.


Given that THE HUNGER GAMES has taken in $155 million in the opening weekend, Lionsgate's plans to shoot the sequel (this fall) are going ahead.   THE HUNGER GAMES is a faithful adaptation in what time they had for the movie, but they did lose a few things that some fans are complaining about.  My only major dislikes as described above are a rushed beginning and the music score.   Jennifer Lawrence and Lenny Kravitz, and the girl who played Rue were the best cast in the film.   I hope the sequel is a little bit better and focuses more on Gale.   I also hope Lionsgate doesn't split the third book into two movies.   THE HUNGER GAMES isn't a perfect adaptation, but it is on fire when Jennifer Lawrence is on fire as Katniss, the Girl On Fire.


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