I recently saw The Hunger Games mainly to see what all the hype was about. This was supposed to be the film the would pick up the 'gauntlet' from where the Harry Potter franchise left off and become even bigger. I hope that's not the case here. I found The Hunger Games to be a very disturbing film mainly due to the fact that it portrays teen and preteen children slaughtering each other in mostly bloody ways. It's bad enough in today's society to see all the stories about gun violence around the world but now we have a heavily promoted film that depicts children trying, and succeeding, to kill each other with poison, spears, steel arrows, and blades of all sizes and shapes. Just in the first minutes where the children are released into the game environment half of them are brutally cut down by the bigger teens and left in the field dead or dying. The older ones ran faster to the arsenal of weapons on display for them so they could kill the weaker, younger children first and quicker. Did I also mention that this film has a touch of the Running Man influence in it? The world gets to watch all the bloody excitement as part of the TV show.
I don't care if I put spoilers in this article because without mentioning specifically what I'm referring to it becomes rather a moot point. I strongly believe that The Hunger Games sends the worst possible message to our youth. It almost glamorizes the murderous message the film is sending to children, almost condoning the actions on the screen. This is not some Romeo and Juliet-esque classic but rather a poor knock off of the Stephen Kings book/film The Running Man. Below is a shot from the film for you to decide.
What's to stop a young child from wanting to act out this action from the film with a friend or sibling with a kitchen or hunting knife? It's just a movie, right? Nobody gets hurt doing movie stuff! Right?
I'll be posting this on my other, higher ranked blog, for good measure.