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First, a confession: I haven’t read a single one of the books in the trilogy, despite the badgering of my friends, and I decided to watch the movie last night without having a slightest idea of the premise. That’s probably why I was so scandalized when I found out the concept behind the movie: Umm, did you know the entire plot revolves around a televised game where two dozen poor children have to fight to the death, merely for the entertainment of rich people? I had a conversation with my friends that it was an accurate observation of modern society. Apart from this point – and I’ll get back to that in a minute – the movie itself was suspenseful, brilliantly made and captured my attention from the very first scene to the climatic, sequel-alluding final one. I didn’t look at my phone once. 

Some other notes: Liam Hemsworth – he is cool. And Jennifer Lawrence is such a pretty and talented actress. And who doesn’t want to see Lenny Kravitz in a gilded eye liner?

Final thoughts: It was a good movie, and a tense, enjoyable way to spend 140 minutes. The thing which I didn’t like: there were so many kids actually killing other kids. One boy in the film, who doesn’t look old enough to legally buy cigarettes, is a trained assassin and snaps another child’s neck in broad daylight. Look, I know adolescent murder isn’t a new concept or anything but between the school shootings and all these anti-bullying campaigns being shoved down my throat, this seemed shocking. We live in a society that says violent video games and heavy metal music are responsible for spurring kids to go into their high schools with shot guns under the trench coats – but no one is batting an eyelash when Hollywood makes a glossy film that shows a beautiful teenage girl getting speared in the heart by another child? To be clear, I’m not complaining. I liked the movie. I guess I’m just scared that the premise is too on the nose. 

P.S. And I promise to read The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. We all know that books are better than movies. 

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