On Thursday night we watched The Hunger Games on DVD. I assume everyone knows that this film about a competition where children have to kill other children (that's in the trailer and explained at the start, so no spoilers here).
The film left me feeling very uneasy. The book it was based on is said to be more violent than the film and the whole story is pretty nasty. I really don't understand how a story like this can be aimed at teenagers. The premise is evil and very serious. It's not comic deaths, it is all about children wanting and needing to kill other children simply to win a sick competition.
The film itself is well made and probably deserved an 8, but due to the disturbing content, it gets a 7 from me.
I am no prude and I am not easily shocked. But, despite some good acting and a pace that was well balanced, all the way through I kept wondering what sick brain could come up with story like this. If I didn't know it was a book for teens, I would have seen it as a horror-drama.
The only bright point is that it features Josh Hutcherson, who is a fine actor and unusually cute with it.