The Hunger Games tells Suzanne Collins' amazing story about a future dystopian North America where every year one teenage male and female from each of Panem's 12 districts are forced to participate in a televised fight to the death as entertainment for the ruling Capitol. The movie has minor changes but accurately portrays the story without ruining it or changing any major aspects (as writers often do when turning a popular book into a motion picture) The sets were incredible, the sound editing amazing and I wouldn't be surprised if the make-up artists won an Oscar. Where the film disappointed me was the acting. Jennifer Lawrence in particular was horrible, I mean you couldn't tell that she had emotions. An actress should not get a half-million dollar paycheque for keeping a blank face and reading a script. The overall impression of the movie was great, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. But I'd expect one of the most anticipated premiers of the year to have exceptional acting, at bare minimum good. Yet, the Hunger Games acting was passable, nothing more. I speak as an actor myself. My first thought, coming out of the theatre was a 10 but the acting lowered that to an 8. My review states a 9 because of Cinema Clock's rating system. This movie is without a doubt a must see.
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