Watch The Full HUNGER GAMES Trailer Now

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Watch The Full HUNGER GAMES Trailer Now
Lionsgate are counting on Gary Ross to turn The Hunger Games into a major franchise for the financially troubled studio and today we get our first significant look at whether or not he may succeed in doing that. After an interminable string of cast announcements and a minute long tease the first full trailer has just arrived.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
After the twentieth or so of those casting announcements I went out and picked up the first novel to see if they were worth all the noise and found that they are essentially Battle Royale rewritten for the Twilight set. Which means bland for me but in the eyes of The Boy - who is ten - they're one of the greatest things ever. How many parents will allow their tweenage kids to watch a movie about teenagers killing each other remains to be seen, however. Take a look at the trailer below.
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cuckooNovember 14, 2011 11:10 AM

"Battle Royale rewritten for the Twilight set"...that's awesome, Todd. Thanks for boiling it down for us, sounds like a must-miss.

James MarshNovember 14, 2011 11:22 AM

Uncanny! I just described it as "basically BATTLE ROYALE for the TWILIGHT set" just a few minutes ago. I finished the first novel yesterday and found it to be fairly entertaining, and definitely light on the graphic violence, although there is no getting around the fact that, like you say, the plot focuses on teens forced to murder other teens. I think it's pitched pretty well for the younger audience, but whether or not the film can achieve the same result - after all, the film will have to actually SHOW the deaths - remains to be seen, but my goodwill-o-meter is pretty high for this one right now.

Todd BrownNovember 14, 2011 1:11 PM

I'm not at all surprised we made the same comparison, James. I think anyone familiar with Battle Royale at all will make the connection.

Kurt HalfyardNovember 14, 2011 2:24 PM

Yup! It's unmissable, actually!

Ben UmsteadNovember 14, 2011 4:11 PM

If you know BR the similarities here are unmistakable, yeah. Other than that I was actually surprised by the fact I did not balk at this trailer in disgust. Granted I haven't read the books so who knows if it appears to be a faithful adap, but the design of the film (which feels to be recalling Truffaut's 451 adap, THX and Logan's Run) kind of has me intrigued. Now the fact that nobody actually looks like they're starving is a whole other story...

MartenNovember 14, 2011 9:05 PM

While we're on the subject of BR, I'd like to give a big F.U. to Anchor Bay for sitting exactly a year on Battle Royale 3D after acquiring the rights to it and not doing anything with it. End of mini-rant.

MartenNovember 14, 2011 9:33 PM

This is a rather dignified cheese-free trailer. This might turn out half-decent. Hoping for an R rating but I doubt it.

Kurt HalfyardNovember 15, 2011 8:43 AM

It's PG-13. Sorry about your luck.

Todd BrownNovember 15, 2011 8:46 AM

Which is fine, actually. The book is written about that level. You'd be altering the source material pretty dramatically to go for an R.

Todd BrownNovember 15, 2011 8:48 AM

I believe they're still waiting to have materials delivered by the Japanese producers. I know for a fact that a number of festivals that booked the film have had to show it off of a BluRay or go with the 2D version because Anchor Bay hasn't been supplied with materials yet. Or hadn't been then, at least. They wanted it out quick to take advantage of the press just as bad as fans wanted it out quick.