Games are right on target
ONE of the smartest decisions Hollywood ever made was to plunder the literary world for stories the teens are into, which can already have a strong creative vision and a built- in fan base and that ensures big box office bickies. Suzanne Collins’ trilogy comes with both the vision and the fans and its translation to the screen works better than most teen dramas have recently. It’s set in a futuristic world where a dystopian society has introduced a televised event that pits two teens from each of its 12 districts against each other in a battle for survival. From District 12 come Katniss ( Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta ( Josh Hutcherson) who are pitted against some much stronger rivals and have reservations about the ‘‘ game’’ and a society that values such behaviour. The serious subject matter is well handled and made all the more powerful by Lawrence, who proves a wise choice for lead duties. It’s a good vehicle for younger audiences to be introduced to some heavy themes and that demographic should really engage with the heroine and the story. Extras: Featurettes and interviews. NOT VIEWED.