Friday, April 13, 2012
Well, it's really awkward that I don't blog again this time. So, I'll give you a (sorry if it too) long post about... Hunger Games! Don't know about it? Really? Oh my God! It's my favorite movie around this time, also my favorite books.. haha. SO, LET THE GAME BEGINS!
WHAT IS HUNGER GAMES?
The Hunger Games is a 2012 American science fiction action drama film directed by Gary Ross, based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The novel consists of 3 books which are The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. All written by Suzanne Collins.
The story is about the nation of Panem, which was formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve poorer surrounding districts. As a punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol by the districts, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected by an annual lottery (known as the "Reaping") to participate in the Hunger Games, an event in which the participants (or "tributes") must fight in an arena controlled by the Capitol until only one remains alive.
Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl from the coal mining region of District 12, volunteers for the 74th annual Hunger Games in place of her 12-year-old younger sister, Prim. Peeta Mellark, a baker's son who once gave Katniss bread when her family was starving, is also selected.
Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol where their drunken mentor, former victor Haymitch Abernathy, instructs them to watch and learn the talents of the other tributes, including a group of "Careers," who have been trained from birth to compete in the Games. During a pre-Games interview with TV personality Caesar Flickerman, Peeta unexpectedly reveals his feelings of love for Katniss. Katniss is outraged, believing this to be a ploy to gain crucial audience support for themselves, as audience members may "sponsor" tributes with gifts of food, medicine, and tools. The Games begins with half of the tributes killed in the first 8 hours, while Katniss relies on her well-practiced hunting and outdoor skills to survive. Peeta forms an alliance with the "Careers", including Cato and Glimmer, to track Katniss, whom they pursue into the woods. Katniss develops an alliance with District 11 tribute Rue, who points out a tracker jacker nest which Katniss uses to kill one of the Careers, Glimmer. The alliance is short-lived: Rue is killed by District 1 tribute Marvel, whom Katniss kills in return. Katniss sings her a lullaby as she dies, then spreads flowers over her body. When Rue's death is televised, a riot takes place in the agricultural District 11.
With Katniss and Peeta established as "star-crossed lovers" - and the Gamemakers trying to avoid inciting further riots - a rule change is announced midway through the Games, stating that two tributes from the same district can win the Games as a pair. Upon hearing this, Katniss searches for Peeta and finds him, wounded by a sword. As she nurses him back to health, she portrays herself as deeply in love with Peeta to gain audience favor and sponsorship. When Katniss tries to retrieve medicine for Peeta, Clove attacks her, but Thresh kills Clove for Katniss in memory of Rue. "Foxface" accidentally kills herself by eating highly-poisonous nightlock berries. A pack of hellish hound-like creatures are released, killing Thresh and forcing Katniss, Peeta and Cato toward the Cornucopia, which they climb onto to get away from the beasts. After an intense fight, in which Cato gives a shaky speech about honor in life and death, Katniss shoots Cato with an arrow and Peeta pushes him off of the Cornucopia. Katniss shoots him again, killing him to spare him a prolonged death. The Gamemakers then reverse the rule change in an attempt to force Katniss and Peeta into a dramatic duel, where one must kill the other to win. Katniss, betting that the Gamemakers would rather have two victors than none, reveals a cache of nightlock berries and gives Peeta a portion. Upon realizing that Katniss and Peeta intend to commit suicide, the Gamemakers announce that both will be the victors of the 74th Hunger Games. The head Gamemaker, Seneca Crane, is later locked in a room with only nightlock berries, forced to commit suicide for failing to produce only one victor.
Although she is treated to a hero's welcome in the Capitol, Katniss is warned by Haymitch that she has now become a political enemy after defying her society's authoritarian leaders so publicly. As Katniss and Peeta return back home to District 12, President Snow ponders what to do about the joint victors and the feelings of rebellion that they may have inspired. (adapted from Wikipedia.org)
Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is the 16-year-old protagonist of the series. Normally quiet, she lives with her mother and her younger sister Primrose in one of the poorest district of Panem, District 12, which is in charge of mining coal for the Capitol. Her looks are typical for someone from the Seam (the slums of District 12): long black hair, which she wears in a single braid down her back; olive skin; and gray eyes.
Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson) is the male tribute from District 12 in the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. He is a baker's son, very shy but confident, and he states in an interview after the Reaping that he has been in love with Katniss since the first day he saw her. His relationship with Katniss grows throughout the novels.
Gale Hawthorne (played by Liam Hemsworth) is an 18 year old who lives in District 12. He is Katniss's best friend and her hunting partner. They met when Katniss was trying to hunt for her family (about 6 months after her father was killed in a mining accident) and when she killed an animal, Gale accused her of stealing from his trap.
CHARACTERS FROM CAPITOL
Haymitch Abernathy (played by Woody Harrelson) is a "paunchy, middle-aged man" who was the victor of the 50th Hunger Games, which occurred 24 years before the beginning of the first book. After winning his games, he became an alcoholic and has spent almost all of the next 24 years intoxicated to the point of embarrassment. Being the only surviving Hunger Games champion from District 12 (one of only two in the history of the games), Haymitch was forced to mentor all of its tributes, which consumed him with guilt by being forced to participate in the games that he hated.
Effie Trinket (played by Elizabeth Banks) is a Capitol-born chaperone who was assigned to oversee District 12's tributes in the Hunger Games, specifically Katniss and Peeta in the 74th and 75th games. She must carry out such tasks as drawing the tributes' names at the reaping and escorting them to the Capitol.
Cinna (played by Lenny Kravitz) is Katniss's stylist, responsible for her public appearance. After designing the spectacular outfits of the opening ceremony, which include igniting Katniss and Peeta's costumes with synthetic fire, he nicknames Katniss, "the girl on fire."
Marvel (played by Jack Quaid) : In the top 8 he kills Rue when he stabs her with a spear in her abdomen, and Katniss shoots an arrow through his neck in retaliation. He is a Career.
Glimmer (played by Leven Rambin) : She is described as very beautiful, being tall with long blond hair and emerald green eyes. She dies, along with the girl from District 4, when Katniss drops a tracker jacker nest on the Career alliance. Afterwards, Katniss retrieves her bow and arrows.
Cato (played by Alexander Ludwig) : Katniss considers Cato to be her and Peeta's most fearsome opponent because of his size and strength, skill with many weapons, and savage pleasure in killing. Like most Careers, Cato has complete confidence in his abilities and expects that he will be the victor. Katniss believes he is not completely sane after seeing his reaction to the destruction of the Careers' food supply. He is the last tribute to die. During the finale of the Games, he is pushed off the Cornucopia to the wolf muttations—fearsome creatures created in the Capitol—who prolong his death to the point that, when Katniss finally shoots him, he is nothing more than a gnawed and bloody hunk of meat.
Clove (played by Isabelle Fuhrman) : She is arrogant, strong, and can use many weapons, especially knives, and she is known to never miss her target. Katniss attempts to kill her with the tracker jacker nest. Like Cato, she enjoys killing, as evidenced when she pins Katniss to the ground at the Feast and plans to give her the most torturous death possible. Before she can continue to cut Katniss, Thresh catches her and dents her skull with a rock, which kills her.
DISTRICT 3Male tribute (played by Ian Nelson) : He is able to rearrange and reactivate the land mines at the start of the Games to protect the food the Careers have gathered, resulting in them allying with him despite his not being a Career Tribute. Katniss manages to blow up the food with his mines, and Cato kills him for it by snapping his neck.
Female Tribute (played by Kalia Prescott) : She died on the first day, most likely during the Bloodbath at the Cornucopia.
DISTRICT 4Male Tribute (played by Ethan Jamieson) : He died in the Bloodbath, on the first day, in the Cornucopia. He is called "unfortunate" by Katniss, since all of the Careers usually make it through the initial Bloodbath at the Cornucopia. He is not part of the Careers in the film, leading to him to hide in the Cornucopia before being killed by Cato after an attempt to flee.
Female Tribute (played by Tara Macken) : She was killed when Katniss dropped the tracker jacker nest on the careers. In the film, she is not a part of the careers and is killed during the bloodbath.
DISTRICT 5Male Tribute (played by Chris Mark) : The male tribute dies in the initial bloodbath at the Cornucopia.
"Foxface" (played by Jacqueline Emerson) : Katniss gives the female tribute the nickname "Foxface" after seeing her on TV when they announce the contestants of the Hunger Games, describing her as "a girl that looks like a fox" because of her red hair and thin face.She dies after surreptitiously stealing some of Peeta's food, which happened to be a type of poisonous berry called Nightlock. Katniss believes her to have been the smartest of all the tributes, and later remarks that "If, in fact, we had been setting a trap for her, she'd have sensed it and avoided the berries."
DISTRICT 6Male Tribute (played by Ashton Moio) : Dies in the bloodbath in the Cornucopia on the first day. In the film, he and Cato get into an argument at the Training Center, with Cato believing the boy stole his knife, however Rue is shown with Cato's knife in the rafters. He is then killed by Cato during the bloodbath.
Female Tribute (played by Kara Petersen) : Dies in bloodbath in the Cornucopia on the first day.
DISTRICT 7Male Tribute (played by Sam Ly) : Dies in the bloodbath the first day in the Cornucopia.
Female Tribute (played by Leigha Hancock) : Dies in the bloodbath the first day in the Cornucopia.
DISTRICT 8Male Tribute (played by Samuel Tan) : Dies in the bloodbath the first day in the Cornucopia.
Female Tribute (played by Mackenzie Lintz) : She is killed during the first night in the woods near Katniss. The fire she starts attracts the attention of the Careers and Peeta, who attack her. She does not die immediately, forcing Peeta to go back and kill her.
DISTRICT 9Male Tribute (played by Imanol Yepez-Frias) : He is killed the first day when Clove throws a knife in his back at the Cornucopia while he is fighting with Katniss over a backpack. Upon retrieval of the backpack, Katniss uses it to block the knife Clove throws at her. The knife sticks in the backpack, which gives Katniss a weapon.
Female Tribute (played by Annie Thurman) : Dies in the bloodbath the first day in the Cornucopia.
DISTRICT 10Male Tribute (played by Jeremy Marinas) : He is described as having a bad leg, and being quiet. He is one of the last ten to die in the Hunger Games.
Female Tribute (played by Dakota Hood) : Dies in the bloodbath the first day in the Cornucopia.
DISTRICT 11Thresh (played by Dayo Okeniyi) : He has the same dark brown skin and golden brown eyes as Rue, but is not otherwise similar in appearance. Katniss refers to him as a "physical wonder" as he stands easily over six feet tall and is very well-built, possessing "muscles like an ox" which give him immense strength. Enraged, he grabs Clove just as she is about to torture Katniss and kills her by smashing her skull with a rock. He lets Katniss live after she explains that she was allied with Rue and sang to her as she died and decorated her corpse with flowers. Thresh then leaves, taking his pack and the District 2 pack to ensure Cato will chase after him and not Katniss. In the book, Thresh, in fifth place, is killed two days later by Cato. In the movie, he was killed killed fourth last by the wolf muttations.
Rue (played by Amandla Stenberg) : She and Katniss become allies. She is 12 years old, with dark brown hair and skin, and "golden brown" eyes. She is similar in size and demeanor to Katniss' sister Prim, which is a major factor in Katniss' decision to team up with her.While Rue is acting as a decoy and Katniss is destroying the Careers' food, Rue runs into trouble with the boy tribute from District 1, Marvel. He spears Rue through her abdomen while she is caught in his trap, provoking Katniss to kill him with an arrow to the neck. Katniss sings a lullaby to Rue as she dies, and covers her with flowers, an unconscious act of rebellion, before letting the hovercraft retrieve her. Katniss's actions are rewarded by a gift of bread from District 11 in thanks.
Caesar Flickerman (played by Stanley Tucci) is a popular Capitol reporter who is famous for having conducted interviews for the Hunger Games for more than 40 years. Described as wearing a "ceremonial suit, midnight blue dotted with a thousand tiny electric bulbs" and having a heavily powdered face and hair that is a different color for each Hunger Games, he is somewhat freakish in appearance to Katniss's District eyes. He is easygoing with most, if not all people, and is excellent at making the tributes "shine."
Claudius Templesmith (played by Toby Jones) is the famous game announcer in all of Panem. He is usually associated with Caesar.He is the one that made Katniss look for Peeta in the game, when he announced there can be two winners, but they have to be in the same district.
Seneca Crane (played by Wes Bentley) is the Head Gamemaker during the 74th Hunger Games. He is executed because he lets both Katniss and Peeta live. The book gives no details; in the movie Crane, escorted by Peacekeepers, is locked in an opulent room containing only an elegant bowl of fresh Nightlock berries for him to consume.
President Coriolanus Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) is the main antagonist of the series, President Snow is the autocratic ruler of the Capitol and all of Panem. Though seemingly laid-back, his demeanor hides a sadistic and psychopathic mind. He initially appears in The Hunger Games when he crowns Katniss and Peeta as victors, but he does not speak to Katniss face-to-face until Catching Fire, when he pays her a visit at home and tells her that he is angry that both she and Peeta were allowed to survive the Hunger Games, as their act of defiance (preferring joint suicide to the prospect of one killing the other) has ignited rebellion in several of the Districts. She is too prominent to kill, but he threatens her family and Gale unless she proves to the Districts that her act of saving Peeta was merely that of a love-crazed teenager and was not related to any desire to defy the Capitol.
Primrose Everdeen (played by Willow Shields) which is nicknamed "Prim", is Katniss's younger sister. She was 12 years old in The Hunger Games and 13 in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Like her mother, she has blonde hair and blue eyes.
At the Reaping for the 74th Hunger Games, her name is pulled by Effie Trinket. Her older sister Katniss volunteers to take her place. As she leaves for the Capitol, Prim receives a promise from Katniss that she will do all that she can to win the Hunger Games. This promise guides many of Katniss's actions in the game.
Mrs. Everdeen (played by Paula Malcomson) is Katniss's mother. She was raised in town as the daughter of an apothecary, and consequently had a fairly comfortable life. She gave it all up to marry Katniss's father and move to the Seam, where she lived in impoverished and starvation-level conditions. She goes into a deep depression when Katniss's father dies in a mining accident. She does not talk for quite a while, causing Katniss to step up and be Prim's caretaker. She eventually recovers enough to set up an apothecary in District 12 - it is not until after her first Hunger Games that Katniss finally forgives her mother for not offering any support to her and Prim during her depression years.
"Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor"
Too long? I'm sorry. But I really in love with this movie. Can't wait for the next trilogy, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The Catching Fire will be on cinema in November 2013, why it's so long!!??? Never mind.. So, enjoy the post!