by Shane White
Today I went out to see The Hunger Games Movie for the first time. I would say that overall the special effects and acting were excellent. The story was very interesting and kept me holding my bladder through most of the 2 hour and 15 minute movie. I would have to say that I could tell that they had cut a lot out of the book (I have yet to read the book) to make the movie fit in the allotted time frame. I would have enjoyed some of the implied back-stories that were probably everywhere, but I guess that is why they still make books.
I am sure you have seen many reviews of this movie already, however, so I want to give you a different perspective on this movie.
This movie places 24 aged 12-18 people in a large arena with pretty much everything they need but at the same time a rule that they must all kill each other. This movie has some good tips in it for the observant survivalist that can be applied to any doomsday situation.
First, if you know where all the stuff if that you need and everybody else does too, I would consider this to be a bad place to be. If you are thinking of going there to get a few things, odds are that there are others thinking the same thing. I would avoid this place like the plague and spend my time trying to survive.
Second, if there is a group of people who are guarding this and are also planning to kill you, it would definately be in your best interest to do something that would destroy most of all of this equipment. It is much easier to do this than to sneak in at night or do some kind of an assault to get a few things. You are far better off destroying this stuff and then scrounging for supplies from the rubble after they have abandoned it.
Another thing to take into account, you probably should not trust anybody for long. Any allies you make will ultimately have to kill you at some point. I would not think it is good to have people around who might possibly be considering killing you at any given time. While you think you know someone, you can never know what they are truly thinking.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and thought all the main characters handled themselves pretty well. I would rate the movie a 8 out of 10 stars.