ejay’s review published on Letterboxd:
THG: A watershed moment in sci-fi dystopian cinema
In a country ruled by oppression and totalitarian dictatorship, thirteen outlying districts witnessed and suffered from their government's sadistic and harsh ordinance that serves as a reminder of Panem's past insurrections as well as a warning to those attempting one. Every year, the remaining 12 districts must offer a male and female tribute in a public "Reaping", in accordance with the Treaty of Treason enacted by the First Uprising more than 75 years ago. The annual event shall be known as "The Hunger Games."
The first film adaptation of the popular young-adult dystopian novel series by Suzanne Collins was a massive success. Symbolized by the integral parts of the plot, it speaks clearly of our society through its thematic metaphor of political control, social inequality, and human survival. Even explicitly executing the cruelty and inhumanity of Panem's ruling government, that draws parallels to our reality. Such details carry so much impact today and for many more generations to come.
It also perfectly captured the bleak and stark appearance of District 12 and the arena. The color work blended the camera shots and techniques used to show the intimacy of certain scenes, accompanied by the genius score (and soundtrack). Moreover, Jennifer Lawrence's heartfelt portrayal of the one and only Katniss Everdeen is critical for the personal tie of emotion to the audience, while Josh Hutcherson gives off the exact vibe of a protective and loving companion. It's further motivated by the appealing presence of supporting characters played well by their respective actors.
Henceforth, The Hunger Games (2012) totally earned the spot for being a major cultural touchstone.