The Hunger Games hits theaters next spring, but Lionsgate released the first full length trailer Monday on Good Morning America, and it's a must-see.
Jennifer Lawrence stars in the film, which is based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy. It takes place in a Big Brother, nazi-type dystopia based in the future, and children are forced to compete in The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a national TV show where young adults fight to the death. Think Toddlers & Tiaras, season 14.
Anyway, in the trailer, a bunch of teens, dressed in drab, proletariat-like clothing, gather for the lottery, in which names are chosen at random. Lawrence plays heroine Katniss Everdeen, whose younger sister, Prim, gets selected. As officers start to take Prim away, Everdeen yells, "I volunteer!" and they let Prim go, and take Katniss instead. From there, she prepares to be a contestant on the world's most depressing reality show.
Katniss is assigned a mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, played by Woody Harrelson. And can I just say, worst mentor ever! He's just gonna get her high and then they're going to lose for sure. Abernathy also coaches a boy named Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson. And yes, his name is Peeta. Every character in this movie was named by a celebrity mom.
Part of the "game" is to train the kids so they can compete in various competitions. Is it just me, or does this sound eerily similar to The X-Factor? Or maybe I'm thinking of The Voice. So what do the winners get? A record deal? A contract with Simon Cowell? Nope, they just get to not die. Peeta says, "I just keep wishing I could think of a way to show them that they don’t own me. If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna still be me." to which Katniss replies, "I just can't afford to think like that."
The flick is directed by Gary Ross, and also stars Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, and Lenny Kravitz. Lawrence said of the flick:
"Hunger Games is not Twilight, and while I hear the comparisons, it's really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon."
I don’t really see the comparison, except that Twilight was more than one movie, and this is more than one movie, too. Why don’t we compare it to Beverly Hills Ninja while we're at it? Well, okay, I guess some of the comparison is that The Hunger Games is based on a young adult novel, as was Twilight. But the story is completely different. Lawrence continued:
"I'm so proud of the work we did on the film…. "Katniss is an incredible character: she's a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who's being forced into the arena. These kids are killing one another only because if they don't, they'll die. It's needless, pointless, unjustified violence. It's heartbreaking. "