Originally Posted by archiguy
Saw it last night although I rarely go to the theater to see a movie anymore - thus the power of unrelenting hype.
Have to agree with everyone else here on one key point - the shaky cam, quick cutting, hyper-close-up techniques were overused to the point of distraction, almost nausea-inducing at times. I understand that it was used during the hand-to-hand combat scenes to "soften" the impact of kids killing kids and make that action virtually incomprehensible to the viewer. I get that, although I don't think it was necessary to go as far overboard with it as they did. They could have pushed the envelope a little further and still gotten the PG-13 rating they needed, IMO.
But there were other times it was used, as during the opening scenes of the movie set in District 12, where it was completely unnecessary and unwarranted. I hope they take some of this seemingly universal criticism of the movie and apply it to the sequels. Rent a freaking steadycam, for godsake. As I understand it, the same director is contracted to do at least the next sequel so I'm not hopeful. He probably thinks it's brilliant.
One thing I need some help on, perhaps from those who have read the books.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
What exactly was the area where they were fighting in anyway? Was it a completely artificial construct? They could create firestorms and fireballs and snarling dog-like creatures out of thin air a la the classic Star Trek episode "Shore Leave"...? That's some pretty sophisticated technology that seemed out of place in a world where they still used trains to travel around the country. And why would they put their tributes -- who were supposed to be fighting each other -- in mortal jeopardy with those shenanigans? Kinda' feels like cheating, since the Game Masters could thusly get rid of any Tribute at any time if they felt like it. No fair!
ok, like archi the hype got to me and went to see it at local ciniplex over the weekend for $5 matinee. not a huge screen and we made sure to sit in the back.
yep shakey cam is there and it is annoying, but i found it less bothersome as i was already prepared to deal with it.
my thoughts, well the basic story is totally derivative from running man, it's just kids instead of adults so why the author gets so much credit is a mystery to me (caveat, have not read books). jennifer lawrence does a wonderful job and really carries the story. not ultraviolent nor is it overly toned down violence. just enough shown to make the plot work.
i was pleasantly surprised at how good the movie turned out. nearly worthy of the hype. woody was great as always. fairly predictable plot line and i agree with archi's spoiler comment as that seemed unfair and unnecessary, and like the running games, intended to cause a well surviving tribute to fail.
first hour dragged a bit since you know what's coming but second hour was really fun. bottom line this is an old fashioned classic action movie. you go in, buy into the plot, identify with and care about the characters, and hope for a
happy ending. this is a good not great movie and i'm glad i saw it and didn't wait for the bd. will rent when available on bd.
by the way, the show we went to at 3:00 saturday was completely sold out.
not one empty seat, they even had to do the scoot over to any empty seat thing. this flick must be killing it at the box.
rating 4 out of 5.