The Hunger Games premieres on March 23, 2012 nationwide, and is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 23.5 million copies in print in the United States alone. The story will seem very original to many of you, and that’s because for the most part it is. It stars Academy Award® nominee Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman that just wants to get home, but must “make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.” She joins Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and many more in a young, but talented cast.

The film has plenty of action to keep fast-paced thrilling movie enthusiasts entertained, dramatic moments for those who love to get into a great story between characters, and because it’s based in a fictional world “in a not-too-distant” future, the Sci-Fi fans in us all will also get their fix as well.

In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Directed by Gary Ross, the film is set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television. When she discovers that her younger sister has been chosen, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the match, and must train and fight to survive.

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