Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games’ Already Breaking Records [Video]

‘The Hunger Games’, a young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins, has yet to be featured on the big screen but the movie’s ticket sales has already broken records on Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination.

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The first full-length ‘The Hunger Games’ trailer premiered in late fall 2011, and, according to the reactions of film experts, the odds seem to be ever in the Lionsgate film’s favor.

Not only did Lionsgate show off a fantastic trailer, it also pulled off the difficult task of letting the world know that this is a series worth caring about, in the same league as ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘The Lord Of The Rings’.

The trailer demonstrated that the new movie can be singled out of many others. It’s not just  one more chapter of ”Harry Potter.”  It’s something completely different, for a new generation. “And it’s going to be big,” writes HungerGamesMovie.

“The smartest move made with the two-and-a-half minute trailer was showing everything leading up to the games. The only glimpse we get inside the arena comes at the very end, as the Tributes rush the cornicopia and pick up their weapons,” wrote Jarett Wieselman of The Insider.

The movie, which is scheduled on March 23, is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, telling a story about Jennifer Lawrence as 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the futuristic world of Panem.

Set in future, the movie shows the adventures of 16-year-old huntress Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who replaces her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games – an annual battle-to-the-death contest against 23 other teen competitors.

As Katniss and classmate Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) train to become District 12’s winning “tribute,” it becomes obvious that their deepening relationship could complicate the games.

‘The Hunger Games’ books are so popular that kids as young as 8 or 9 may want to see Katniss, Peeta, and the Arena come to life, but if the movie is as faithful as director Gary Ross promises it will be, then you can expect lots of violence as kids kill other kids.

The trailer shows Katniss illegally hunting in the outskirts of her District 12 with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), and then volunteering for the Games when her sister is chosen in the reaping, says Common Sense Media.

Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are training for the games, and the final scene is revealing the 24 tributes being dropped into the deathly competition.

So, in general, the trailer received favorable reviews, although some experts are curious how the rest of the Gary Ross-helmed film will play out.

“It’s a tonally interesting bit of world building based on the footage we’ve seen here, and I’m really liking the sense of reality that the trailer establishes,” writes HitFix’s Drew McWeeny.

“Jennifer Lawrence looks like she’s going to be a strong presence as Katniss Everdeen,” he added.

“The Hunger Games” is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the USA alone, has developed a massive global following.

“Director Gary Ross seems to have gone all out in capturing the Capitol’s opulence with the garish Effie Trinket, played by Elizabeth Banks, cheerfully determining the fates of these impoverished kids,” said The Los Angeles Times’ Nicole Sperling.

Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced on Thursday (February 23) that advance ticketing records were set by Lionsgate’s upcoming thriller, “The Hunger Games”, which has already sold out hundreds of showtimes in advance of the film’s March 23 release date.

Even though the film doesn’t open for another month, the first-day ticket sales on Wednesday, February 22 broke the previous first day advance ticket-seller record held by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” on Friday, May 14, 2010.

“‘The Hunger Games’ is off to a fantastic start,” says Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. “On Wednesday [February 22], we saw the biggest first day advance ticketing sales in our company’s nearly 12-year history – which is especially impressive for a March release and a non-sequel.”

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