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Hunger Games Trailer Arrives Online
And this one explains the plot!

14 November 2011  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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The first full trailer for The Hunger Games is here and there's good news for those who haven't read the books, because this one actually comes close to explaining what's going on. The good news for those who have read the books is that it looks pretty darn close to what you've read, which bodes well for the toughest teen franchise out there and its chances on the big screen.

The story centres on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a teen in a post-apocalyptic future who hunts to supplement her mother and sister's meagre rations along with her friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth). When her sister is chosen for the Hunger Games, an annual contest to the death that keeps the outlying (and potentially rebellious) Districts under the control of the technologically advance Capitol, Katniss takes her place - and faces 23 other teenagers in a fight to the last survivor. Like, bummer. 

 

 You'll glimpse most of the rest of the featured cast here: Josh Hutcherson is fellow sacrificial lamb Peeta; Elizabeth Banks is District 12's Games coordinator Effie Trinket; Woody Harrelson is former Games champion Haymitch; Lenny Kravitz is fashion designer Cinna; Stanley Tucci is Caesar Flickman, the Capitol's answer to Wogan; Donald Sutherland is the sinister President Snow, and Wes Bentley is Games co-ordinator Seneca Crane.

The Hunger Games is out on March 23 next year. Ignore anyone who tells you it's just like Twilight; this has much more death.

 


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Solid 3 star entertainment
I like the look of this film but, rightly or wrongly, it will be aimed squarely at the tweenagers and thusly alienate us "grown ups"! More

Posted by Bubba76 at 11:05 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hunger Games Trailer Arrives Online
Why do kids like such god awful books nowadays. More

Posted by spamandham at 22:42 on 16 November 2011 | Report This Post

I haven't read the books, but the trailer makes me want to, because I don't really think it explains why things are going on. Why does she have to get her legs waxed and put a nice dress on if she is going to fight to the death? Apart from areas of confusion I think it looks quite good. More

Posted by empireclover at 12:11 on 16 November 2011 | Report This Post

Battle Royale for teens.
I've never read the books and don't intend to, however it does look good. It looks neither moody, nor dull. There obvious comparisons to both The Running Man and Battle Royale and whilst the former can be gladly forgotten, if this shares even a bit of the uncompromising nature and lack of condenscension as the latter, this could be brilliant. Of course, there's little doubt it's going to be more teen oriented but that doesn't mean it can't still be as gritty as the story suggests. Lets just say, More

Posted by evildave69 at 19:31 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hunger Games Trailer Arrives Online
Looks good - sets everything up whilst not givng anything away beyond the basic premise of the story.  As for the Royaleisons I was a little put off at first by these but having read the trilogy it's really only in the basic idea of teenagers being forced to fight to the death, the execution is very different. If anything its more ancient rome that is the basis for the whole thing.  More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 08:07 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hunger Games Trailer Arrives Online
Looks quite good! I'm about a quarter of the way through the first book, watching that has made me want to get a wriggle on! More

Posted by Super Hans at 19:22 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

THIS LOOKS AMAZING! :D!!!! More

Posted by FridayJack1 at 18:49 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Seriously?
Are people complaining about a movie in which kids have to kill one another being DULL? Are you people dememnted? Is there supposed to be a surpluss of smiles and laughter in a movie with these themes? Yes, it's like the Running Man and Battle Royale. But only in story. And the story in both those films/books was bleak and nothing to smile about. 'Mooody'? A bit. I'd be in a foul mood if there was a twenty-three to one chance I was going to die at the hands of a fellow teen. Dull? Again, incomi More

Posted by willkillyoulast at 18:03 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Hunger What?
I'm afraid Battle Royale beat this film to the punch eleven years ago, and i highly doubt Battle Royale will be bettered. More

Posted by mike87 at 17:55 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Dull
How underwhelming does that look?! More

Posted by XViking at 17:13 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

TO THE TRIBUTES!
I think the trailer has captured everything every HUNGER GAMES reader would want to see. Fantastic! Impressive! I can't wait for the film. More

Posted by effie26 at 16:08 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

I make no apologies.
Totally looking forward to it. And am I the only one that thinks The Running Man for teenagers sounds awesome? More

Posted by kickpuncher at 15:53 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Look pretty awesome...
...let's just hope they don't fuck it up! More

Posted by madboynutter at 15:50 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

As expected
It's The Running Man for the Twilight generation, moody and dull. More

Posted by Taz69 at 15:45 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

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