questionswhat did you think of the hunger games?

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Thought it was great, and we're even talking about it over in Everything But Woot if you all want to come by! :)

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This being a movie aimed at kids, and the fact that most of the characters were supposed to die (as opposed to simply being defeated) I didn't expect to see much in the way of actual combat. I'd imagine they obscured most of the fight scenes in order to keep the rating low enough for the teens the books are aimed at to be able to see it. Personally I found it okay, but highly derivative and not particularly memorable. I also felt like there were a lot of logic flaws in it. It makes me sad that this is doing so well and John Carter tanked.

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While I understand that the original book and this movie were targeted at the pg-13 crowd, I think they could have made this one pretty epic if they went a bit more adult in the action/fight sequences. I enjoyed the movie regardless, but there was a helluva lot of sleeping by the main character during the actual games, which I found to be a little bit of a cop-out.

The pre/post game footage from the capital were enjoyable, I found those parts to be more memorable than the actual games.

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@moondrake: I have to agree with your John Carter opinion. Saw it over the weekend and really enjoyed it. I will definitely be picking it up on blu-ray.

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Haters gonna hate, I loved the movie. I never expected it to stick directly to the book, which I loved even more, but it was wonderful.

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@hunter306: If you want the R version of this movie with grown-up fight scenes, see "No Escape".

"In the year 2022, a ruthless prison warden has created the ultimate solution for his most troublesome and violent inmates: Absolom, a secret jungle island where prisoners are abandoned and left to die. But Marine Captain John Robbins, convicted of murdering a commanding officer, is determined to escape the island in order to reveal the truth behind his murderous actions and clear his name." http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/no-escape/

TBC

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Or "The Condemned" with Steve Austin. Or "Battle Royale", "A very popular Japanese film (which) concerns an entire class of bad tempered middle school students forced to fight to the last survivor on a deserted island for their transgressions. Considered too controversial for American audiences, it's never been released in the states". Author: Mark-129

Or you could go for the classic that, AFAIK, started them all, "The Most Dangerous Game" a 1924 short story that was made into a 1932 film.