Games are right on tar­get

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - EGuide Dvds -

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.

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