Snow, oversees an annual lottery where two youths, 12-18 years of age, are chosen from each district to participate in a "reality" televised show, The Hunger Games, in which only one will survive. The Capitol residents eagerly anticipate the games, a diversion from their pompous and self righteous world, whereas the people of the Districts watch in fear of death and with the excitement of a possible win. Elizabeth Banks, is terrific as Effie, wearing an outlandish vibrant pink outfit, pink hair and with painted bow lips similar to the Red Queen in Tim Burton's, Alice and Wonderland. Stanley Tucci, Caesar, is a clone of Ryan Seacrest from American Idol. Woody Harrelson, Haymitch, plays a drunk and bored coach to the District 12 contestants - Katness & Peeta. Lenny Kravitz, Cinna, a stylist and friend.
The film is violent, thought provoking, Lostlike and Twilightesq between Katness, Peeta and Gale. The games are eerily reminiscent of a Roman gladiator arena where the audiences applauded and cheered on multiple deaths and victory. The back stories of the contestants for the The Hunger Games is no different than reality TV shows in 2012 where drama and soap opera antics have audiences clinging to ever word and scene. Finally, the drastic lifestyles between the poverty stricken Districts and the materialistic Capitol of Panem could signal a revolt in the future. The next two films in the The Hunger Games, trilogy series by Suzanne Collins, will surely answer the question. Captivating film from beginning to end.
"Hope tis the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous." "Hope" President Snow