WYTHEVILLE, Va.—A popular book makes is now in theaters.
But is the highly anticipated film version of "The Hunger Games" any good?
Based on a book I haven't read because it didn't have pictures, "The Hunger Games" is unfortunately not about a pie eating contest, but rather a bizarre futuristic tale about teenagers forced to kill one another. Twelve districts in a make believe time and place are forced each year to give up a teenage boy and girl to participate in a twisted televised "Truman Show" type event, with the object being to outlast, if not kill, your fellow participants in a literal fight for survival.
The film's focal point is the fearless Katniss as she trains and prepares after volunteering in place of her younger sister.
But as intriguing a character as she is with her excellent bow and arrow skills and helpful knowledge of bees and berries, the film just could not hold my attention for it's nearly two-and-a-half hour run time.
The film has its moments, but they are nestled amongst a large chunk of time given to story and character development. Which is
understandable, as this film, if like the book, is just the the first in a trilogy.
And with the whole premise of the film and several scenes involving children violently killing children, I was honestly just a little disturbed by it. How this film got less than an R rating is beyond me.
Overall, if you're a fan of the book, the film is probably worth checking out. It's not all that bad, but with a long running time and a story I just could never get into, I just wasn't that impressed.
I thought "The Hunger Games" was just not that good.
"The Hunger Games" is in theaters now and rated PG-13.