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The F’in Hunger Games

Alright, besides being a pretty obvious rip off of the foreign film “Battle Royale” (see my post on American remakes to see how I feel about that), the “Hunger Games” is one of those movies that makes me shake my head. The kids in this movie (or the book) range from 12 to 18 and they are pitted together in a death match. So where are the outraged parents or the ever-enraged Christian Coalition? It’s not that I have a problem with violence…but honestly, WTF?

One of the first death scenes is a kid spitting blood onto another kid’s face because he’s just been stabbed in the back and killed. Granted, this is from the book and it is yet to be seen if it is going to be in the movie, but do me a favor: whenever a kid gets killed in the movie, replace the kid that killed them with an adult. Picture Jason or Freddy or that creepy guy that lives on your street. Is the scene still ok? Can you watch a movie where an adult is murdering a bunch of 14 year olds? I can’t.

People threw a huge fit at some scene in Harry Potter where the villains killed and ate a unicorn…

Why isn’t anyone saying anything about a movie where the entire plot is kids killing kids? Unicorns and evil wizards are completely imaginary and people flipped out! Come on people! Where the heck are the people who care?

By the way, people get pissed off when they see a couple of 15 year old characters in a movie get a little sexual. Why? Why do people get more upset with kids (by kids I mean teens) acting out of good feelings then they do when they see a movie where the whole plot is kids brutally slashing other kids?

Somebody please say something! I won’t be seeing these films.

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4 thoughts on “The F’in Hunger Games

  1. I think the violence isn’t getting a lot of backlash is because it’s very clear that the games and the violence that occurs as a result of them, are an awful thing. The games are a punishment by the government to remind the people they are powerless to protect their own children from the government’s will. The main characters are all horrified by the killings. Katniss is a hero because she is able to form friendships even during the game and she is willing to die if it means someone she cares about will live. Also, she only kills when it is to protect someone she cares about or in an indirect manner. She really tries hard to get out of the games with as little blood on her hands as possible.
    I think the film and the books does a good job of making it clear that violence has horrible consequences. That said, while the film is rated PG-13, I wouldn’t recommend parents taking children under the age of 13 to see this movie or letting kids that young read the books. They are intense.

    • Thank you for your comment. I can see that the main character’s trying to avoid bloodshed can be highlighted as a source of conscience for an audience to latch onto, it just seems tome like the entire story could have been done with adults. Why does it have to be kids?

  2. I had the same conversation with a co-worker who hadn’t read the books, and I think in the world of the Hunger Games, it highlights the power the government over its people. We can take your children and you’re powerless to protect them. We can make your children fight each other for our amusement, like toys, and we can make you watch. But if you want to be cynical, the books’ target audience is teens, so it helps to make the main characters teens themselves.
    The sequel strays from the children killing children theme, if that makes any difference.

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