‘Hunger Games’ stays true to book

Rachel Hettrick, IV Leader Staff

The latest in the blockbuster book turned movie market, the “Hunger Games” stands head and shoulders above the “twilight” and even the “Harry Potter” franchises.
“The Hunger Games” is set in a futuristic country called Panem. Panem is 12 districts and a beautiful and rich capitol.
In retribution for a rebellion 75 years earlier, each district is required to send a girl and a boy between the ages of 12 and 18 to the capitol to fight to the death in the Hunger Games.
The entire games are televised across Panem. In some districts, being picked for the Hunger Games is an honor. In District 12, it means certain death. So when Katniss’ little sister Prim is picked, Katniss volunteers to go in her place.
“The Hunger Games” is one of the few books to movie adaptations that I believe got everything right. Like Twilight, the Hunger Games is told first-person from the heroine’s point of view. However, while the Twilight movies did not capture the idea of Bella’s thoughts, the Hunger Games was able to show us Panem and the Games through Katniss’ eyes. The violence is still present and real, but shown with a sense of shock. Whole sections of the movies have no music behind them, only eerie silence. Every actor in the movie is well-cast and does a phenomenal job.
Altogether, the Hunger Games is one of the best blockbusters I have seen and I give it five-stars.