The Hunger Games trailer impacts hard
Imagine Big Brother mixed with Battle Royale, that's the feeling from The Hunger Games trailer for the film adapted from the series of novels which is undoubtedly the American version of the aforementioned Battle Royale.
The trailer looks powerful and gets through a number of key concepts and ideas easily that suggest the film is going to be much more thought provoking than you might at first glance believe. Twenty four teenagers fighting to the death in The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games is adapted by Billy Ray and Gary Ross, who also directs, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Donald Sutherland and tells the following story:
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
It's an interesting idea, and the comparisons with Battle Royale are going to be obvious and unavoidable, but what the trailer suggests is that this one will have more thought behind it and the battle sections may be much less then the whole of the film.
The training could bring the Big Brother type feel to it, combined with the idea of the girl becoming a figurehead for something much bigger outside of the event itself, and that's where we could start making The Running Man comparisons.
I've said it before that I hate making comparisons of one film to another for each stands on its own, unless it's a sequel, prequel or remake. However it's hard not to here for the concrete ideas behind the story have been seen in a few iconic films already. What The Hunger Games has to do is find its own path away from that, and from the looks of the dramatic trailer it's done just that.