— by CHERRY BELL DAMASCO-FARRINGTON —
The first clip from director Gary Ross’ adaptation of “The Hunger Games” was released on the film’s online community, CapitolTV.
After being groomed and going through training with different specialists, each tribute must go before the Gamemakers individually, starting at 1 through 12, to show off their abilities and other special talents — if they have any. Each combatant is assigned a score from 1 to 12 based on their “performance” in this show and tell type of display. The problem, though, is that after 23 tributes, the Gamemakers are either already bored or too inebriated to pay any attention to the later combatants on the list.
By the time Katniss enters the training circle to show off her archery skills, she soon realizes she must do something drastic to make a lasting impression on the Gamemakers.
“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual ‘Hunger Games,’ a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games, but Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”
The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Isabelle Fuhrman, Donald Sutherland, and Lenny Kravitz. The film arrives in theaters on March 23. Stay tuned for further news.
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