Genre: Action, drama, science fiction
Running Time: 2 Hours 23 Minutes
Director: Gary Ross
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Synopsis: “Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love” (Nusantara Edaran Filem).
Verdict: Not to say that I didn’t like The Hunger Games at all, but Battle Royale (2000) is just superior in many aspects. Due to the almost identical concept of these two titles, I just can’t help but to compare their film adaptations. Hunger Games has great cinematography and a brilliant performance by lead actress Jennifer Lawrence. However, the movie is slightly predictable, untruthful and emotionally unengaging. The development of the characters are quite shallow as well. And also, Battle Royale addresses real world issues whereas Hunger Games does not seem to have any greater purpose other than just to entertain. If you’ve seen Battle Royale before this, I bet you’d feel the same way.
Second opinion: “Very entertaining” (Iris Loong; has yet to see Battle Royale).
Malaysian censorship: Nothing is cut at all, I believe.
Hollywood remake of Battle Royale? Absurd to still go on with it now.
Rating: 3 / 5
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Similarities between Battle Royale & Hunger Games –
- Annually, a group of selected teenagers are forced to participate in the game where they must kill each other until only one survives at the end.
- The winners of the games are celebrated by the media.
- There’s a high-tech control room to operate the games & to manipulate & track the participants.
- Participants cannot choose what weapon they want.
- There are highly skilled voluntary participants.
- Some participants group up to form an alliance.
- The protagonist rebels against the system.
- The location of the game is largely a jungle.
- Deaths are announced during the games.
- There are more than a survivor in the end.