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By Alexander Vassiliadis
British School

The odds are in their favor—for the cast of “The Hunger Games,” that is.

Gary Ross, director of the first movie in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, has definitely outdone himself. The film has its audience on the edges of their seats right from the beginning.

Ross has put together what is to be a successful portrayal of the novel: the concept of a futuristic America. The rugged cinematography is simply magnificent. You can feel the emotions of the movie through scenes in the districts—what seem to me like concentration camps, the state of people in Panem (the former United States) and men in uniform that enforce the regulations of the Capitol.

I think what makes this movie work so well is the casting. All the actors portray their characters with such raw emotions that you feel their sentiments. At first, though, Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss seems too artificial, but as the movie progresses her emotions grow on the audience. Her relationship with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), definitely gives that “aaaw” factor. Peeta, who has hopelessly fallen in love with

Katniss, is played with certain sensitivity. Hutcherson was truly a fantastic choice to play a young man who would do anything to save the woman he loves.

Unfortunately, if you’re on Team Gale, you might leave the movie a little upset. Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss’ best friend, has little camera time.

But the true treasure within this movie is how well the soundtrack matches the emotions of the characters. The dramatic concertos that climax at crucial moments, the soft touch of the flute while you are lulled into a state of attachment during scenes of romance—it’s all quite magical. The Civil Wars and Taylor Swift come together to perform “Safe and Sound,” which adds a folk-like beauty to the movie that’s all about fighting for your own survival.

This film is a perfect blend of emotions. There’s love, courage, joy and despair, all thrown together in a movie that’s all about human emotions. Whether or not you’ve read the book, this movie is worth checking out.

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